Aups, Capital Haut Var, Provencal town

Aups, Capital Haut Var, Provencal Town Aups is a medieval village situated in the foothills of the Southern Alps.The Haut Var has recently been voted the number one region in Europe to see before you die! Do come and join … Read More

Celebrating 10 Years- Le Diamant Noir, Aups

Celebrating 10 Years- Le Diamant Noir, Aups! It is hard to believe, but in 2016 we are celebrating our 10th year at Le Diamant Noir. Over the 10 year period there have been many changes and we have welcomed people … Read More

Mimosa at Le Diamant Noir , Aups

Mimosa at Le Diamant Noir , Aups In our garden at Le Diamant Noir, Aups, the mimosa is now in full bloom- a little later than on the coast. The little yellow fluffy balls are magnificent and a true herald … Read More

Olive Oil Aups Chateau de Taurenne

Trip to Olive estate Chateau de Taurenne … Read More

Aups truffle festival in the Verdon, Haut Var

Aups truffle festival Yesterday we celebrated the Aups truffle festival in the Haut Var. It was a beautiful day- clear blue sky, a crisp but sunny day and definitely a chill in the air, but marked with the overtone of a … Read More

Chateau de la Verdière

Half an hour from Le Diamant Noir, Aups, in the Haut Var is a provencal treasure, not to be missed. Situated on a hilltop village, La Verdière in the Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon is the largest private chateau in Provence, … Read More

Valensole Lavender Plateau Provence

The lavender in the garden at Le Diamant Noir, Aups, is in full bloom, so we decided it was time to go to the lavender fields. We were not to be disappointed. Our route took us up onto the lavender … Read More

Spring in Aups!

Spring has arrived.  The birds are singing, the springtime plants are in full bloom and new and tender shoots are appearing everywhere.     The maintenance programme is well under way and Spring cleaning is in full swing, as we … Read More

Lavender Plateau in February

A short drive from Le Diamant Noir, through Aups and on to the Lac Saint Croix, takes you to the lavender plateau, a world away from the 21st bustle of day to day life. Here nature is taking its course, … Read More