Launching to-day 13th March 2017, Footsteps. Provençal Paradise. is launching on world-wide Amazon sites. This is the Second Edition of the popular Luberon, Provence guide. Now updated; further tours included and many other features. It’s available in print or on e-book via the Kindle store.

To purchase, lend or browse, click here.



The 2017 Michelin Guide is out, and let’s have a peep who cracked it in Provence.

The newest Michelin ratings for France were announced in early February, 2017. Below you’ll find a complete list of all the Michelin-starred restaurants in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region for 2017,  and the number of stars they currently hold.

There are now just two Michelin three-star restaurants in Provence: Le Petit Nice in Marseille and La Vague d’Or at the Residence de la Pinede in St. Tropez.



Chateau Arnoux — La Bonne Étape *

Forcalquier / Mane — Le Cloître at the Couvent des Minimes *

Manosque — Dominique Bucaille *

Moustiers Sainte Marie — La Bastide de Moustiers *

Briançon — Le Pêché Gourmand *

Saint Crépin — Les Tables de Gaspard *

Saint Veran – Le Roc Alto * NEW 2017

Antibes — Le Figuier de Saint Esprit *

Antibes (Cap d’Antibes) — Bacon *

Antibes (Cap d’Antibes) — Les Pêcheurs *

Beaulieu sur Mer — Le Restaurant des Rois *

Biot — Les Terraillers *

Cannes — La Palme d’Or **
Cannes (Mandelieu La Napoule) — L’Oasis **
Cannes — Le Park 45 *
Le Cannet (Cannes) — Villa Archange **
La Colle sur Loup — Alain Llorca *
Èze — Château de la Chèvre d’Or **

Èze Bord de Mer — La Table de Patrick Raingeard *
Grasse — La Bastide Saint Antoine *

Grasse (Magagnosc)– Au Fil du Temps *

Juan les Pins — La Passagère*

Menton — Mirazur **

Mougins — Le Mas Candille *

Mougins — Paloma **

Nice — Chantecler **

Nice — L’Aromate *

Nice — Flaveur *

Nice — Jan *

Le Rouret — Le Clos Saint Pierre *

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat — Le Cap at the Grand Hôtel du Cap Ferrat *

Tourrettes sur Loup — Clovis *

La Turbie — Hostellerie Jérôme *

Vence — Les Bacchanales *
Vence – Le Saint Martin * NEW 2017


Aix — L’Esprit de la Violette *
Aix – Mickael Feval * NEW 2017
Aix – Pierre Reboul at Château de la Pioline * NEW 2017
Aix (Le Tholonet) — Le Saint Estève *

Arles — L’Atelier de Jean Luc Rabanel **

Arles — La Chassagnette *

Les Baux de Provence — L’Oustau de Baumanière **

Cassis — La Villa Madie **

La Ciotat (Le Liouquet) – La Table de Nans – Auberge le Revestel *

Marseille — Le petit Nice ***

Marseille — Alcyone at InterContinental Hôtel Dieu *

Marseille — AM par Alexandre Mazzia *

Marseille — L’Epuisette *

Marseille — Une Table, au Sud *

Saint Rémy – Fanny Rey at Auberge de la Reine Jeanne * NEW 2017

Saint Rémy (Paluds de Noves) — La Maison de Bournissac *

Ventabren — La Table de Ventabren *

LE VAR (83)

Les Arcs sur Agens — Le Relais des Moines *

Bormes les Mimosa — La Rastègue *

La Cadière d’Azur — Hostellerie Bérard *

Callas — Hostellerie les Gorges de Pennafort *

Le Castellet – Christophe Bacquié at the Hotel du Castellet **

La Celle — Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle *

La Croix Valmer – La Palmeraie* NEW 2017

Fayence — Le Castellaras *

Lorgues — Bruno *

Lorgues – Le Jardin de Benjamin at Château de Berne * NEW 2017

Porquerolles Island — Le Mas du Langoustier *

Ramatuelle — La Voile at the Hôtel La Réserve Ramatuelle *

Saint Tropez — La Vague d’Or at the Résidence de la Pinède ***

Saint Tropez – L’Olivier at the Bastide de Saint Tropez * NEW 2017

Saint Tropez (Gassin) — Villa Belrose *

Tourrettes — Le Faventia at the Terre Blanche Hotel *

Tourtour — Les Chênes Verts *


Ansouis — La Closerie *

Avignon — Restaurant Christian Etienne *

Bonnieux — La Bastide de Capelongue **

Cavaillon — Prévôt *

Cucuron — La petite Maison de Cucuron *

Gordes — Les Bories *

Gordes — Pèir: Pierre Gagnaire at Bastide de Gordes *

Gordes (Joucas) — Hostellerie le Phébus *

L’Isle sur la Sorgue — Le Vivier *

Lagarde d’Apt — Bistrot de Lagarde *

Lourmarin (Cadenet) — Auberge la Fenière *

Lourmarin (Lauris) – Le Champ des Lunes * NEW 2017

Orange (Serignan du Comtat) — Le Pré du Moulin *


Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse ***

Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo **

Le Vistamar at the Hotel Hermitage *

Le Blue Bay in the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel *

Elsa in the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel *

Yoshi in the Metropole Hotel *

Thanks to The ProvencePost web site for the info.


Spotted in the Chatham Squire Bar and Restaurant, Chatham. Note the reference to taking your clubs away!

Finally, we’re getting the snow we have been dreaming about…

Chatham Main Street

No breakfast on the deck today!

Near Chatham, Cape Cod

Near Chatham, Cape Cod

A Cape Cod house is a low, broad, often single-story frame building with a moderately steep pitched gabled roof, a large central chimney, and very little ornamentation. Originating in New England in the 17th century, the simple symmetric design was constructed of local materials to withstand the stormy, stark weather of Cape Cod. It features a central front door flanked by multi-paned windows either singly or in pairs. The space above the 1st floor was often left unfinished, with or without windows on the gable ends.

The style enjoyed a boom in popularity and adaptation to modern needs in the 1930s-1950s, particularly with Colonial Revival embellishments. It remains a feature of New England home-building.

Over the years owners doubled the full Cape and added wings on to the rear or sides, typically single-storied. Dormers were added for increased space, light, and ventilation. A screened-in porch was sometimes added to one side of the home, rarely the front.

Colonial Revival (1930s–1950s)
Colonial Revival Cape Cod houses are very similar to Colonial Cape Cod houses, but some have the chimney at one end of the living room on the side of the house. Elaborate replicas were designed for the affluent, while architects such as Royal Barry Wills modernized the Cape for middle-class families by including modern amenities that addressed demands for increased privacy and technology, including bathrooms, kitchens, and garages.Adaptations proliferated throughout suburbs which emerged after World War II, and planned communities like Levittown, New York offered Cape Cod styled tract housing, particularly to returning soldiers.



Craft Beer is everywhere…. and nowhere more than in the USA.

I’ve found a great one.. Blue Moon:

We started brewing at the corner of 22nd & Blake in downtown Denver, Colorado, at the beginning of the ’95 baseball season. We only call out baseball because our brewery is located in a baseball stadium. We were called The SandLot Brewery®, and we focused on brewing craft beer for the fans at games. By the middle of the season, our roster of beers was ready to start pouring. It included Slugger Stout, Rightfield Red, and a fan favorite called Bellyslide Wit.

As the season went on we kept hearing the same thing from fans: “Give me a Bellyslide.” With an overwhelming fan-favorite we knew we had a special beer on our hands, but we needed a name that could live outside of the baseball stadium. So one day, when a bunch of us were tasting beers, our admin called out, “You know, a beer that tastes this good comes around only once in a blue moon.” And with that phrase ringing in our ears, the Blue Moon Brewing Company® was born, and Bellyslide became Blue Moon Belgian White*. Oranges, get ready.

Try it!!



The Birthday Girl (right).


With apologies to William Shakespeare for some abject plagiarising:

“Her life is gentle; and the elements
So mixed in her, that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, THIS IS ONE HELLUVA LADY!”

Happy Birthday, darling – and many, many more.


Our three-ball putting out after a magnificent round of golf.

Our three-ball putting out after a magnificent round of golf.

After World War I, Cape Cod began to generate a great deal of interest as a summer resort. Chatham Bars Inn had been built around 1912 and sported a nine-hole golf course. The interest in golf was also developing at this time in the United States, and a group of men, chiefly from the Boston area, decided that a links location on Cape Cod could provide the kind of challenging course with which they had become familiar in the British Isles. With a quality of foresight bordering on genius, the group purchased the major portion of Nickerson’s Neck for the counterpart of the great links of Scotland and England. Thus was born the Chatham Country Club, the predecessor of today’s great Eastward Ho! Country Club.

Coming up the 18th

Coming up the 18th

Mr. G. Herbert Windler, many times president of the United States Golf Association, headed the group which had selected the ideal site for the first serious attempt to establish an 18-hole championship golf links in New England. It should be noted that a sea-side location, with its concomitant heather, sand, land convolutions, and the ever-present and ever-changing sea breezes (sometimes gales) is necessary to produce real links. Inland courses are usually known as parkland and are generally conceded not to poise nearly the challenge of true sea-side links. Mr. Windler and his cohorts conferred with the best golf course designers of the time, and the final lay-out of the Chatham Course was entrusted to Mr. W. Herbert Fowler who had designed Westward Ho! and Walton Heath, two of England’s most famous courses. The construction of the new course occupied the interval between 1921 and 1924, when it was first opened for play.

A view back from the 17th

A view back from the 17th

The links are in the form of an hourglass, with the Clubhouse located at the waist. The first nine holes stretch away to the east toward the Atlantic, which is visible from almost any point; the second nine lie to the west and, for the most part, are closely tied in with the shores of magnificent Pleasant Bay. Present-day golfers will agree after playing the course in various weather conditions (of which there is no lack) that the designer has provided a real test for the skilled who possess the treasured low handicap as well as the weekend duffer. All of the shots of golf are present; the lies, while at times exasperating, must be acknowledged as demanding great technique, and the effect of the almost ever-present wind can change club selection for the same shot from one day to the next—from an easy eight iron to a difficult three or four. Herbert Fowler, in his final report, upon completion of the construction of the links, says, “I am quite certain that this course will compare favorably with the leading courses in the United Kingdom and will be second to none of them.” Brave words, perhaps, but who among those who have been privileged to see and play the great links of Great Britain and Ireland or those marvels of the Monterey Peninsula, Cypress Point, Pebble Beach, and Spyglass Hill will not concede that for a setting of beauty and sheer golfing delight Eastward Ho! stands with the others?

Part of the magnificent club house.

Part of the magnificent club house.

We’ve had a sprinkling here and there – certainly, not a white Christmas.

The view from the apartment in Main Street, Chatham

The view from the apartment in Main Street, Chatham

The balcony

The balcony

Chatham town is chock full of twinkling lights.

Chatham town is chock full of twinkling lights.

Clever! Old rakes made into Christmas decorations.

Clever! Old rakes made into Christmas decorations.

Chatham Chamber of Commerce offices

Chatham Chamber of Commerce offices

Another view from the balcony

Another view from the balcony


An ex-pats 'for sale' sign.

An ex-pats ‘for sale’ sign.

Around hundreds of dinner tables, in many bars and brasseries, and on the golf courses of Europe, UK ex-pats huddle and ask the question post-Brexit – “What is going to happen to us?”

French reports as follows..

The UK press are reporting that “HUNDREDS of thousands of British Expats are to be granted the right to carry on living on the Continent after Brexit.”

Senior government figures have reportedly, told business leaders that only “a few” of the 27 European Union member states are yet to agree the outline of a “reciprocal rights” deal for Britons in the EU, and EU nationals living here.

The Government said no agreements had yet been struck, but there is speculation that any deal agreed will be announced at a key EU summit in Brussels next month.

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May told business leaders at the CBI on Monday: “I want an early agreement on the status of UK nationals in Europe and EU nationals here, so that you and they can plan with certainty.”

Westminster sources are quoted as saying Mrs May had raised the issue of reciprocal rights for Britons overseas and EU nationals in the UK in her talks with other leaders in recent months.

Although the above sounds like good news for Expats living in Europe the Telegraph is quoting a Government source saying: “We hope and expect to guarantee the reciprocal rights of EU and British citizens, but this is premature and wrong. No deals have been struck, formal or informal.

“The Government has been clear that it wants to see this issue resolved, as long as that can be done in both directions.”


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