“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

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