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

Cheers from Aups!

The grape harvest is well underway in our area. Our own pergola has been beautiful and our table grapes are delicious. This is a lovely time of year at Le Diamant Noir and the early autumn weather has been glorious. … 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

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

La Galette des Rois- Epiphany in Provence

The Christmas and New Year festivities over for another year- well not quite- we must not forget the feast of the Epiphany. This annual festivity takes place on the 6th January and celebrated the arrival of the “Three Wise Men” … Read More

Fromage du brebis

We are privileged to have small local producers on our doorstep, producing high quality cheeses for the local markets One such producer of excellent organic sheep’s cheese is at Sillans La Cascade LE JAS DU VIGNAL 83690 SILLANS-LA-CASCADE http://www.visitvar.fr/en/fiche.aspx?idPrestationTif=16907 The … 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