Over the years, since we began
selling our guidebook in 1998, we have received many
notes from travelers telling us that our book helped
them have a wonderful stay in Provence. We love hearing
this, since that is why we wrote it and why we continue
to update it and make it available. Below are some of
the notes we have received, going almost all the way
back to the beginning.
Stephan B., August 2016
Just got back from Provence. Your guidebook was
invaluable. I stayed in Lauris and did all three of
the Luberon loops. The descriptions were so inviting
and much more helpful than any of the other guide
books. I especially enjoyed Cucuron, which was not
overrun with tourists like Lourmarin, and Oppede le
Vieux, the most picturesque of all. Thanks for the
Lisa S., June
Thank you so
much! It is a wonderful guide, so much more detailed
than the other information that I have been able to
Just returned from Bonnieux where we
stayed at Kathy Wood’s apartment. Provence
Byways was an invaluable tool in helping plan
our time and navigate the Luberon area around
Erickson, May 2015, Travel Consultant
This is a terrific resource and
thanks so much for publishing it. There are many
“guidebooks” available for Provence as a whole, but
not many get as specific about the Luberon as this
does. I plan to purchase it for any of my future
clients that are planning a visit to this area.
Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful
guidebook - so much relevant information that makes
me wish we were staying in Provence longer than our
currently planned 6 days!
Manfull, February 2015, Provence WineZine
still use your "Guidebook to the Luberon Region of
dog-earned and stained. Terrific resource!
A., March 2014
summer in Bonnieux, Chris and Bridget lent me a copy of your
guidebook. I have never returned the book to them as I love it so
much, and want to buy a new one for you to mail to them . . . . I've
been going to the Luberon for over forty years--my brother moved
there and then had children and now grandchildren, and I go every
year to visit. Still I learned so much from you. Many thanks.
Jane G., August 2013
just spent a week in Provence and the place we stayed has an old
copy of your guidebook -
we used it as the guide for virtually our
whole week and it has been fantastic so thank you very much. We
loved the fact that most of the trips we have been on have been
relatively free of tourists even though we are here in the height of
the season. . . . We are even going to try and squeeze another
'loop' in before we catch a flight out of Nice tomorrow night!
C., September 2012
spending a week in Lourmarin at Les Olivettes and using your
guidebook daily, we wanted to send you a note of thanks. Your
detailed guide was extremely well written and helpful but what was
more helpful were the directions which got us out of a jam several
times! We don't use a GPS and find that it's much more fun to try to
make our own way. However, the signs weren't always obvious and your
Instructions were just the ticket. I think we took just about every
one of the tours in the book, felt we got to know you a bit and were
glad to have you always there in the back seat of the car.
George R., July 2012
to let you know how much we have enjoyed and used your wonderful
We have been fortunate to
have been able to go to the area the last 5+ years and take you with
us each visit. We will headquarter in Bonnieux again this year
in September and will take you along with us once more. Many Thanks!
J., November 2011
We stayed in Lourmarin, at La Bonbonnière, a
month ago, and thoroughly enjoyed using your guidebook. As a former
travel writer myself, I'd like to compliment you on the clear and
concise information your book contains. We found it invaluable
during several day-long excursions in the Luberon. Thank you for
putting this together!
and Arthur Y., August 2011
We accessed your
2008 publication and found it extremely useful. You had gone to a
lot of trouble to put that together so comprehensively. As distant
visitors who get great enjoyment from the occasional visit to that
part of the world, we would like you to know that we got an enormous
amount from that you wrote and recommended.
S., March 2011
who travels to Provence often, says your book is essential.
B., March 2011
The book is great,
and will be easy to pack for our trip. Great job! Thank you.
Carroll, September 2010
We would like a
copy of your Guidebook to the Luberon Region of Provence (check
enclosed). We have read about it all over the SlowTravel
website and are starting to plan our September 2011 trip.
Bob and Sue, I was
in Lourmarin last week and ran across a copy of your book at La
Petite Maison. What a delight. Thanks for all your work to prepare
the way. Like you, we will be back and will get a copy of
your book so we can add notes and sleep with it. I am in awe of your
scholarly research. It was well written and extremely useful.
We would like to
thank you for the energy and passion you put into creating "Provence
Byways." . . . The guide was fantastic. We brought it with us each
day. The night before we would agree on a travel plan and research
it with your guide . . . To be honest our holiday
would not have been as enjoyable without it.
We have received
your guidebook and we love it! It is exactly the sort of informative
and easy to read guide we have been seeking. We now know exactly how
we will be spending our two weeks in the region, and I suspect we
will be returning as soon as we can do so.
We had a great
time on our trip to Provence, and are indebted to you for your
detailed directions and insightful comments. We read the history
section thoroughly and carried the food vocabulary around with us
wherever we went.
W., January 2009
to hear you were back in Provence last year and took the opportunity of
updating your guide. The earlier edition made our trip to Lourmarin so
delightful that we are returning for a full month this year.
F., October 2008
do not know me, but I feel I do know you after reading your guide cover
to cover and actually doing all of the loops, some of them several times
during our 6 week stay in France. . . . We were enchanted with your
guide, the well written text and the excellent
recommendations. Having it with us made our stay all the more
perfect. . . . Please accept our sincere thanks for making our stay so
M., June 2008
have your guidebook, and it's copyright 2004. Have you updated the
guidebook since that time? We're returning to Provence in May 2009 and I
want to make sure we have the most current version.
From Robert S., October 2007
have a copy of your 2003 edition of Provence Byways. We just
noticed that there is an updated edition and we are very interested.
We are leaving for Lourmarin on Wednesday . . . and would love to obtain
a copy of the book before we leave. Is it possible for you to send the
book via overnight mail? . . . We really have found the book
extraordinarily helpful and have used it extensively on our three
From Christopher S., July
Bob and Sue: Last October we stayed at a villa in
Cucuron. While there, we stumbled upon your excellent touring guide of
the small towns immediately situated. It became the Bible for our group.
How may I obtain a copy?
From Chris C., on SlowTravel, May
I often wonder if Bob and Sue Winn, the authors of
this guidebook, have any idea how many memorable days they have given to
Provence visitors with their back-roads tours. I hope so!
From Daniel R., October 2006
I wanted to let you know that your guidebook
was the key to our thorough enjoyment of our stay in the Luberon
earlier this year. So many of your suggestions and tips proved
invaluable, from L'Antiquaire restaurant in Lourmarin, to the best route
in and out of Aix, and so many others. Thank you so much for writing the
guidebook and for making it available to all.
Mary F., July 2006
Just a note to thank you for your wonderful guidebook Provence
Byways. Our family spent a wonderful month in Provence . . . eventually
basing ourselves in Avignon. However, we hired a car for two weeks and
managed to do many of your drives. The book proved invaluable. Your
restaurant recommendations are excellent. Without doubt our best meal took
place at L'Antiquaire in Lourmarin.
Judith W., April 2006
want to tell you that my husband Burt and I feel that we know you
somewhat, as your book has been our constant companion the two times we
have stayed in Lourmarin. It is a wonderful tool, because it gives such
specific details about the area, including the advice on roads,
From Mary and Derrick, January 2006
you for your help. We received your book on Friday and we were
most impressed. We both love exploring the "hidden" and
Derrick was delighted with all the maps. Conventional guide books
are usually less comprehensive and often out of date. You have
supplied us with a wonderful travel companion and we can't wait the
explore the region
From Amy A,. May 2005
The book is fantastic.
From Lynette S., April 2005
We have been traveling in France for forty-five years
and still find your book interesting.
From Chris C., October 2004
We used the 1998 edition of your Guidebook for two
trips to Provence. Now I'm planning another trip for next
year, and since my current copy is pretty worn, I decided it
was time to order your new edition. Your recommendations have been a
HUGE help to us in previous trips.
From Sara T., September 2004
Your wonderful book has arrived and it will put us
right where we want to be—on the right track in Provence. You take us
way past any of the other guidebooks. Now we can hardly wait to get
there. So thank you, thank you, thank you.
From Kevin and Elisabeth Widrow, owners of Le Mas
B&B in Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt, March 2004:
Thanks so much for your guidebook and bravo! What a great job. You
really seem to have the right spirit and attitude. It's obvious you've
spent a lot of time around here and are at least as passionate as we are
about the Luberon.
From Francoise Herry, owner Les Cordieres,
B&B in Lourmarin, March 2004:
We have had so many guests with your book as a "Bible!"
From Barbara G., April 2003:
We've been to Provence a number of times, including twice with our
daughter while she spent a year in Aix, and your guides still look
helpful, wonderful, well written, and informative. Thanks so much for
writing these and for your prompt delivery!
From Peg M., October 2002:
Your book is just terrific! I need do absolutely no more research.
You've done it all.
From Fodor's listserv, August
A great resource is the book offered by Provence Byways. I love their
walks and drives and restaurant recommendations.
I second the recommendation of the Provence Byways guidebook! We also
used that for planning and sightseeing because it is far more detailed .
. .than any other guidebook on Provence. The people who wrote it have an
apartment in that area so are exceptionally well qualified to make
recommendations! They also add helpful things like the best time to
arrive at tourist attractions that might be crowded, etc.
From Wayne and Elaine
S., March 2001:
Thanks so much for compiling this valuable resource. We visited many
areas we would never have found without your guide . . . . We used the
information to make our own routes as well. . . . It was truly a
memorable trip and we will be forever grateful for the information. Our
book is thoroughly marked up with magic markers, sticky notes, and our
own notes. Many thanks.
From SlowTrav, May
We first discovered Lourmarin at the www.provencebyways.com
web site maintained by Bob and Sue Winn, who also own and rent out an
apartment in the village. The Winns have published a guidebook with
driving tours of the back roads in the region. If you're going, buy
their guidebook via their website, because the tours were really special
and take you places that you'd be unlikely to ever find using the
standard tourist guides.