Resources for Travelers

Rent a car through Kemwel, a US-based broker for discounted car rentals in Europe. This is who we use for our European vehicle rentals. If you find a better price, they’ll match it, and they do provide great service if there is any problem. Thanks for using our link to the Kemwel website; we earn a (very) small commission. You can also telephone; please mention you were referred by The Luberon Experience! Because of narrow roads and small parking spots, we recommend renting a small car for your stay in the Luberon.

Book train tickets through Trainline. We can’t say enough good things about this website for booking train tickets in France and many other European countries. You’ll have access to the best fares through an incredibly-easy online process. The site accepts all major credit cards.

Purchase travel insurance through Insure My Trip, an excellent resource to compare options for travel insurance and to purchase the coverage that best meets your needs.

Kathy’s Travel Tip Articles

Kathy posts regularly on the Slow Travel Tours blog; these articles offer useful tips for travelers.

Packing for a European Vacation

How to Dress for a European Vacation

Traveling Safely and Securely in Europe Today

Air Travel to Europe: Planning Your Itinerary and Booking Your Flight

Air Travel to Europe: Ensuring a Relaxing Transatlantic Flight

Train Travel in France: Planning Your Trip & Buying Tickets

Train Travel in France: At the Station & On the Train

Eating Out in France (Part 1): Where to Eat and Daily Meals

Eating Out in France (Part 2): The French Meal and Other Tips

Managing Money on a European Vacation: Cash and Credit Cards

Managing Money on a European Vacation: Security Issues

Travel Photos and Capturing Memories

Kathy’s Articles about Bonnieux and the Luberon

Kathy’s posts on the Slow Travel Tours blog also include several articles about Bonnieux and the Luberon.

Happiness (Bonheur) in Bonnieux

Experiencing a Village: Bonnieux

Bonnieux and the Crèches de Noël

Poppies in Provence

Nature’s Paintbrush: May and June in the Luberon

An Afternoon in Colorful Roussillon

On the South Side of the Luberon: three villages, a castle, and a bridge

Fort de Buoux

Enjoying the Markets of Provence

Shopping at the Markets of Provence

A Picnic in Provence

A Secret Spot in the Luberon

Hiking in the Luberon (published on www.theluberon.com)

Our Special Recommendations in Bonnieux and the Luberon

L’Arome Restaurant – a very special restaurant in Bonnieux, right across from our apartment.

Le Clos du Buis – if you need a hotel in Bonnieux, we highly recommend this charming small hotel across from our apartment, owned by our friends Pierre and Lydia.

Galerie Janin-Ruggeri – Bonnieux-based artists (husband and wife) and good friends. One gallery is down the street from our apartment and the other gallery is at the top of the village.

Poterie Christine Denniel – Our friend Christine’s studio and gallery are located just below the village. Her pottery includes large and small items, practical and decorative. (You’ll find several pieces in our apartment.) Her husband Jean-Yves speaks excellent English and is always happy to welcome our guests.

Bonnieux Cave Cooperative – our excellent wine co-op, selling wine made from the grapes of local farmers. The wine is good and very economical!

Office of Tourism – Apt region (including Bonnieux) – very helpful resources for your stay in our area.

La Maison de Livre et de la Culture – website for Bonnieux’s library and community center. It’s all in French but a great resource for what’s happening in the village.

Sun e Bike – electric bike rental in Bonnieux. Rent for a half-day or a full-day and explore the countryside!

Bonnieux weather – we use www.meteo.fr to check weather in Bonnieux and other areas of France. (You can use www.onlineconversion.com to convert from centigrade to farenheit.)

Francoise Valenti – another good friend, a talented artist with a gallery in the nearby village of Roussillon.

Language in Provence – combine a stay in our apartment with a French language program in a nearby village. (We’ve taken week-long immersion classes here the past five years.)

TheLuberon.com – excellent website with many resources about the area. We list our apartment on this website; if our home isn’t available or right for you, you’ll find other great options here.

Other Recommended Travel Sites and Resources

European Experiences This is our small group tour company, offering trips in Europe’s most beautiful places. In addition to our Luberon Experience week in Provence, we host trips in the Dordogne, Alsace, Tuscany, the Cotswolds, and Cornwall. We also offer a 12-day Christmas Experience trip based in Colmar, France; Munich, Germany; and Salzburg, Austria. Groups are typically 10-14 people. Now in our 13th year… check us out!

Slow Europe website An excellent website with extensive information on European travel, developed by our good friend Pauline Kenny, founder of Slow Travel. Be sure to check out the forums where you can post questions and share travel experiences.

Slow Travel Tours We’re a founding member of Slow Travel Tours, an informal affiliation of small-group tour operators who offer personalized trips in Italy, France and other European countries. All these people have a travel philosophy similar to ours. We hope you’ll visit our Tales, Trips & Tips Blog, where a different Slow Travel Tours member posts each week.