Exciting News from le Diamant Noir!

Holiday rental accommodation in Provence, Aups. Var France- Le Diamant Noir We are pround to announce the results of our recent inspection- We have been awarded a four star grading for L’Amandier and Le Genévrier.  We will have our new … Read More

Le Diamant Noir 2012

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Accommodation- news!

Proudly presenting more holiday rental accommodation in Aups, Haut Var Provence We have been very quiet recently, not because we have gone to sleep, but because we have been very busy for several months . We have finally made it! … 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

La Bourride- Provençal fish soup/stew

La Bourride is a Mediterranean fish stew- not to be confused with bouillabaise.  given the abundence of fish along the Mediterranean coast of Provence,  it is not surprising that there are many traditional fish recipes . The definition of bourride … 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

Aups- Yes- it does snow here!

Le Diamant Noir in Winter We too have had scenery from a  “winter wonderland” to accompany the Chrismas festivities !  It does snow occasionally, but it never lasts for long.

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