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Provence, that glorious sunlit land of meadows, vineyards, goats, gorges, tumbling rivers, potager gardens, hilltop villages, abbeys, lavender fields, cypress trees and wooden-shuttered farmhouses. Meeting up with my mum at Avignon, from her adventurous journey from London on the TGV, we spent a week crisscrossing the Vaucluse, Luberon and Camargue in the south, discovering villages, … Continue reading Provence

A tale of two rivieras

Back in 2011, we set out glamorously from Provence to a midway perch at the charming hillside Templar town of Les Arcs sur Argens, home to a campervan-friendly cooperative of rose wine makers, Cellier des Archers. Established by the Knights, its clutch of stone village houses and church are now renovated and bijou hotels, hostelries … Continue reading A tale of two rivieras

Cinque Terra

Our guide across the Italian Riviera towards Rome was the Emperor Augustus, as we followed his famed Via Aurelia east. For four hundred years, this formidably engineered Roman road served as one of the Empire’s principal arteries, over which armoured legions and chari­oteers marched, and couriers, traders, government officials and commoners rode or trekked. It … Continue reading Cinque Terra


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