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

Provence- Easter festivities-!

Just a short drive from Aups , perched on the edge of the mountain with a spectacular, panoramic view over Les Maures, is Tourtour- the village in the sky. This is a very quaint village, claimed to be one of … Read More

Aups – Annual Truffle Festival-home of Le Diamant Noir

  Today Aups held its annual truffle festival.  A lovely crisp morning welcomed many locals and visitors alike.  Intrigued onlookers watched as the truffle hunter demonstrated how his faithful pig could find the truffles, which had previously been buried in … Read More

Christmastime in Provence

There is that recognisable feeling in the air.  That time of the year has arrived again, to put us all in a good mood with a feeling of loving and giving. Here in Provence the run up to Chritmas is characterised … Read More

Provencal harvest

The summer  harvest in Provence  has been gathered.  Along with the cereal crops, the fields of lavender and sunflowers add to the typically provencal landscape- the subject of many works of art.  Hues of gold, yellows and purple add a … Read More

Lazy Sunday!

Holiday accommodation- Aups- Haut Var- Provence A short drive from Le Diamant Noir, Aups, Provence, you will find yourself  in the Verdon valley, amid wonderful scenery. Last weekend we set off with a picnic to the Verdon. This time not … Read More

Snow in Aups!

We woke up  yesterday to a snowy scene at Le Diamant Noir.  We have had snow here before but not much. However it continued to snow all day, reminiscent of a past life in the north of the UK !  … Read More