Category Archives: Var

Chateau de Berne

For all its many attractions, our part of the world is not a great place for chateau, certainly not in the sense of the enormous turreted edifices that so wonderfully adorn the valley of the Loire. It’s partly geology (we … Continue reading

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An almost normal day No. 2

We mentioned last week that we ‘celebrated’ the ending of confinement by a cycling trip out to Lac Sainte Croix, and promised some photos. The rainy weather had resulted in wonderfully clear air and on the way out of Aups … Continue reading

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An almost normal day No. 1

The last few weeks have seen some very unseasonal weather here. Lots of rain (welcome!) and cool temperatures (much less welcome). But last Saturday was classically provencal – cloudless blue skies and t-shirt temperatures. We decided to make the best … Continue reading

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Déconfinement 4: Bits and pieces

Those of you who are still stuck in lockdown are probably saying to yourselves, “the moment I get out I’m going to enjoy myself doing…” In fact, if you’re anything like us, you will find that your longed freedom is … Continue reading

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Déconfinement 3: out and about, further afield

With the weather heading into summery temperatures and unclouded skies, there was a fairly obvious choice for where to go on a Saturday of limited ‘déconfinement’ . This was the famous beach of Pampelonne on the St Tropez peninsula. We’ve … Continue reading

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Déconfinement 2: out and about, locally

It might have been assumed that with the loosening of confinement that we would immediately head over the hills and far away. Well, we didn’t do that. There were two reasons: the first was that we had a ‘must buy’ … Continue reading

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Déconfinement No. 1

To everyone’s relief, here in France we have started the process of déconfinement and under certain restrictions are now allowed to go out and about. There is a great deal of caution (and a lot of face masks) about as … Continue reading

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Lockdown post No. 6: Things to be done!

Well we are hoping that this is the last of the lockdown posts as the strict confinement rules are being lifted on Monday. There are a number of caveats, first, no restaurants, bars or coffee shops to open, second, it … Continue reading

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Lockdown post No. 5: Lorgues in “confinement”

There is a definite feeling here that the lockdown is heading towards its end. It’s partly the reasonably clear detailing of the French government about what will happen after 11 May, but also a vague sense of a loosening up: … Continue reading

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Lockdown post No. 4: in between times

These are curious times down here. Although we had three days of sporadic (and sadly inadequate) rain this week, spring is now well advanced and already there are hints of summer. It’s a little bit neither one thing nor the … Continue reading

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