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

“I was Lost in France—–“- Haut Var

It was a beautiful February day- clear and warm.  Having enjoyed a beautiful lunch outdoors, on the terrace of a restaurant in Lorgues, with some work colleagues, I went home. As Colin had been at home all day,  I suggested … Read More

Brouillade de truffes

Aups in the Var area of Provence, France hosts a weekly truffle market in season ( November to February). Aups has the third largest black truffle market in France At the height of the truffle season, the brouillade aux truffes … Read More

Brouillade de truffes

Aups in the Var area of Provence, France hosts a weekly truffle market in season ( November to February). Aups has the third largest black truffle market in France At the height of the truffle season, the brouillade aux truffes … Read More