Author Archive for Su Stephens

Stephens is Owner of Olives & Vines. Olives & Vines is a luxury holiday company based in the South of France offering stays at their beautifully designed holiday house and boutique hotel in Le Castellet.

Health and wellbeing in Provence - looking to the future

Health and wellbeing in Provence – looking to the future

Under normal circumstances, many of us would choose to visit a beautiful place like Provence to enjoy some rest and rejuvenation in order to improve our Health & Wellbeing. In the midst of today’s Coronavirus pandemic, health concerns are an order of magnitude more serious. Whilst travel plans for the immediate future have been put […]

April to September in Provence

April to September in Provence

The mere mention of Provence conjures idyllic images of lavender fields bathed in evocative inspiring light. Whether you imagine the enchanting countryside clasping precarious hillside villages, or consider the cooler climes of medieval caves, Provence will not fail to delight. Here we offer ideas on things to do and places to visit in Provence from […]

Cycling in Provence – the best way to see this beautiful region?

Cycling in Provence – the best way to see this beautiful region?

Claimed by the Romans, this charming region of South-East France was christened ‘La Provincia’ by Caesar. The Romans are remembered for many things, not least the incredible network of roads they built. Today, whilst original Roman roads are few and far between, Provence is criss-crossed by some fabulous stretches of tarmac which lend themselves perfectly […]

Say 'hello' to Spring – March in Provence

Say ‘hello’ to Spring – March in Provence

Winter in northern Europe can feel like it drags on and on. With the excitement of Christmas over, Spring can feel a long way off. And, with more clement weather only beginning to appear in places like the UK come early May, it’s understandable that you might want to book a week or two away […]

Top 8 tourist attractions to visit in Provence this Winter!

Top 8 tourist attractions to visit in Provence this Winter!

You might not think of winter as the ideal time to visit Provence and especially not to see the top tourist attractions on offer across the region. Surely the summer is the best time? Well actually late Autumn to early Spring offers a superb window of opportunity to enjoy a holiday in this fabulous area […]

Enjoy Christmas in Provence!

Enjoy Christmas in Provence!

Christmas can be an incredibly exciting time of year to enjoy a holiday. Although the temptation is just to do the ‘same old thing’ and chill out at home, making the effort to get away for a few days over Christmas can be well worth it. So, this year, why not book a flight and […]

A beginner's guide to Provence

A beginner’s guide to Provence

With such a lot to see and do in Provence, it can sometimes become overwhelming trying to plan a holiday in Provence… especially if you have never visited before! To help you enjoy the perfect Provence vacation I’ve listed some top attractions and well as lots of useful information about the region. If you’ve got […]

Chilling in the Provence heat!

Chilling in the Provence heat!

Wow, what a Summer we’ve been having in Provence! With soaring temperatures, it really has been amazing for those of us who love to make the most of the heat of the summer. Still, there are times when even the most ardent heat lovers want to cool down for a bit. Luckily, there are plenty […]

A gourmet guide to Provence

A gourmet guide to Provence

Even in a country as devoted to eating as France, there is something special about feasting in Provence. Provence provides endless sunshine, the French Riviera, home to Cézanne and a colourful countryside. It is this landscape that defines the classical Provençal cuisine with mineral-rich sea and soil responsible for extraordinary flavours. Rocky hillsides are infused […]

5 unmissable days in Provence

5 unmissable days in Provence

Unlike any other European region, the beauty of Provence is that she generously provides a wide array of opportunities for leisure, which never fail to disappoint. From inhaling the sensual lavender lingering aroma to quaffing sweet Rosé under the stars, times here are as delectable as the warmth of the sun that drenches this archetypical […]

5 fantastic villages and towns to explore in Provence this Summer

5 fantastic villages and towns to explore in Provence this Summer

Provence is without doubt a popular destination in the summer and for very good reason. The abundant sunshine encourages everything to burst into life. There is a palpable buzz in the air as people make the most of the stunning weather and warm temperatures. The vines are in full leaf, the sunflowers and lavender in […]

A day at the races – the Circuit Paul Ricard

A day at the races – the Circuit Paul Ricard

For many holiday destinations there are a few ‘must do’ activities or specific places to visit. Here in Provence we’re lucky to have our very own destination venue – The Circuit Paul Ricard Race Track! This incredible complex and homage to motor racing was built in 1969 just outside of the picturesque village of Le […]

Sun, sea and sand in Provence

Sun, sea and sand in Provence

There are lots of reasons why Provence makes such a good holiday destination. Great food, lovely towns and vibrant cities set in a geographically beautiful landscape are just some. But one of the top reasons people visit is to enjoy the stunning coastline that meanders for miles and the sunshine and warmth which makes time […]

Easter in Provence

Easter in Provence

Easter… the word conjures up Spring sunshine, cute rabbits, fluffy chicks and chocolate.  However, in the UK, the reality can also be the nightmare of a long school holiday break with torrential rain outside.  So, give yourselves a treat and head south.  Blue skies, balmy air, open spaces and even beaches await you in Provence….plus […]

A Spring family holiday in Provence

A Spring family holiday in Provence

With the Christmas holidays finished and the children back to school you might be breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to a little bit of downtime! Not for long however… the school holidays keep on coming with February half term just around the corner, quickly followed by Easter and then May half term! […]

A last-minute Christmas escape!

A last-minute Christmas escape!

Feeling like you always have the same old Christmas celebrations? Or feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of tackling crowded supermarkets in-time to get all the trimmings to go with your turkey? Fear not! There is still time to make this a festive season to remember by treating yourself to a Christmas abroad. Even better, check […]