Thoughts of Provence

Just to whet the appetite!- Come and see for yourself! Endless blue skies, scenery captured in light that has inspired writers and painters for generations, abundant,fresh produce transformed into tasty treats, rosé  by the gallon,villages that time forgot, street cafés … Read More

Santons of Provence

“Santons” are painted figurines, crafted in Provence, representing characters from all walks of life.  The more elaborate are dressed in provençal fabrics, in traditional dress. The word “santon” is said to be derived from “little saint” and these figurines have … Read More

Truffle Season Aups

On a cold and frosty autumnal morning in November a crowd gathered in the market square in Aups, capital of the Haut Var,  This was no ordinary morning. At 10am, a whistle blew and everyone went into the hall for … Read More

Memories of Summer in Aups

It was another busy summer at Le Diamant Noir and we welcomed faces old and new to our lovely area. As always, the pool provided a refreshing meeting place, where many a carafe of rosé was shared. The lac Saint … Read More

Easter Monday in Cotignac

The Pâques bank holiday dawned fine with clear blue skies. We took a trip to the historic town of Cotignac just 16km from Le Diamant Noir holiday rental accommodation, Aups Link below shows the route Agrandir le plan This village … Read More

The Olive Festival -Aups

The last Sunday in March is a day of celebration in Aups.  At this time of year the olive is honoured. The town is decorated with olive branches from the newly pruned olive trees. The market place filled with stalls … Read More

From Aups visit Sillans La Cascade

During your visit to Le Diamant Noir at Aups in the Var area of Provence be sure to visit the waterfall at Sillans La Cascade. Park the car in the car park below the village and walk to the base … Read More

Provençal Market- Isle Sur La Sorgue

If you have the opportunity try to visit L’Isle sur La Sorgue. If you are flying in to Avignon airport this would be a good opportunity. http://www.theluberon.com/isle.htm L’Isle Sur La Sorgue is an island town built up where the river … Read More

Christmas in Provence

Christmas time in Provence is a lovely time of year. Although commercialised as in other parts of Europe,  it is a more low-key affair. The Christmas decorations are not on sale for months in advance, nor is Christmas fayre for … Read More