The Farewell Cake – La Veranda.

For almost 15 years, La Veranda or Café Veranda in its old incarnation has fed and watered legions of Ménerbians, visitors and other Luberon residents.

La Veranda is now closed but it is not all doom and gloom.

Marie-Pierre who has owned and managed an upmarket grocery, wine and olive oil store in Roussillon for 20 years is moving into the La Veranda space in March 2018.

Two years ago, the owners of La Veranda purchased the terrace and bistro perched on the side of the parking area of Ménerbes and boasiting a sectacular view. They have now decided to consolidate into one restaurant, Bistrot Le 5.

Le 5 re-opens at the end of February 2018 – there is an interior area for the colder days and the terrace goes into full swing come the sunnier days of Spring.

Ménerbians wish the new owners, the new ventures every success!


Visitors and residents of Ménerbes know all about the ‘northern’ and ‘southern’ cats. Feral cats have been a problem in many French villages – they say one is born every 17 minutes; but we have all been working hard to keep them under control, provide the correct birth control and allow them to add to rather than adversely affect the characters of the village.

We have the ‘southern cats’ under our jurisdiction and there are 5 – Smokey-Bleu the matriarch; sons and brothers Tabby and Mr Worm; sons and brothers Big Tiger and Baby Tiger.

The fathers have all been neutered and they prowl the surrounding farms.

Each winter, our cats need shelter andwe have created a dormitory up on a terrace for them to sleep warmly and to be safe from predators.

This year, they have acquired a new basket to add to the array of furniture in the dormitory.

Mr Worm cleans his brother Tabby in the new basket. Bliss!

Bonnieux – part of the Luberon Golden Triangle.

Bastide les Amis in the wintry light. Home, sweet, home.

The Ralph Lauren flagship store in Saint Germain.

On the Quay d’Orsay, the smallest house in Paris squeezed between to much larger structures. Wonder who lives there?

Deep in the 16th Arrondissement, lies the main store for La Bon Marche, a famous department store. Like others in the retail category, Bon Marche is struggling to keep up with the boutiques and amazon.

However, one department where there is still no compromise is the Food Hal. Unlike Galeries Lafayette where they have thrown in the towel and sub-contracted to Carrefour supermarket chain, Bon Marche still have their hands on the food pulse under the descriptive of “The premier grocers of Paris”.

Miniature vegetables to please a Michelin chef.

Exotic fruits from around the world.

More fruits.

In the Saint Germain antique heaven – through the window of the antique shop. Sheer craftsmanship.

From poverty to the opulent, inside a courtyard.

This brilliantly evocative photograph epitomises what is so prevalent in Paris – homeless people and refugees.

We are still haunted yb the image of a young man who sat next door to us in the Notre Dame, obviously a refugee, poorly dressed who gripped a roasy in his fingers and was in a state of distress during the time he was there. Our hearts went out to him.

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