Welcome to The Butterfly Garden!

At Le Diamant Noir, Aups in the Haut Var, we are proud to provide an ideal habitat for many species of insect life that inhabit the Verdon region. We become the home to many visiting butterflies, which are attracted to … Read MoreRead More

Natural woodland wonderland- Site de Saint Barthélemy , Salernes

Less than ten minutes by car from Le Diamant Noir, Aups,  in the Haut Var, is the most amazing natural site. The site of Saint Barthélemy, is a magical shaded park, a protected area with incredible wildlife and vegetation- a really … Read More

Le Diamant Noir Reporter

Summer in Provence- Verdon

About half an hour from Le Diamant Noir at Aups, you can reach the lavender plateau, where the fields of purple are truly worth the trip.  The lavender harvest is now under way, so some of the fields have been … Read More

Brocante in Aups

Throughout the summer months, various extra provencal markets are set up , in order toattract the tourists,   and to provide a market for local producers to sell their goods. The market today was dedicated to “flea market” treasures  and … Read More

Safran du Haut-Var

Today marked the 3rd saffron  festival at Sillans La Cascade.   A selection of stalls welcomed those interested in, not only saffron, but truffles, honey, various preserves and other local products. Bunches of lavender were on sale. It was a … Read More

The Lavender Plateau at Dawn

Not far from Aups in the Haut Var area of Provence, is the start of the Valensole lavender plateau. While it was still dark, my daughter and I set off on a mission, to see the sun rise over the … Read More

Aups-another sunny spring Market Day in Provence

Melons, asparagus and strawberries- all in abundance. With a clear blue sky and sunshine, Saturday morning in Aups  was a busy, bustling morning in the market.  With the seasonal range of mouth-watering produce, arts and crafts, good quality fashion stalls, … Read More

a lovely Spring drive in Provence

Le Diamant Noir at Aups in the Haut Var, is ideally situated for exploring both the hinterland and coastal region of the Var. This is a perfect time of year to explore the region-nature is wakening up to the warmth … Read More