Provence, what's not to like?
"A pool is essential"
Two weeks in Provence and 3 days in Paris made for a perfect mix of a country and city holiday.
The house we rented was very nice and fully equiped with pool bar and all the mod cons inside.
"A lovely house"
We really had a stroke of luck when finding this place.
A very covenient location situated between Avignon and St. Remy.
The country roads were nothing but apple orchards, horse ranches,cornfields and a stunning backdrop of the alpilles.
"Breathtaking views everywhere!"
"I heard it through the Grapevine...."
Some much wine.....
Chateauneuf du Pape
I love this wine!
Visit this famous wine region there are many restaurants in the area and of course, the wine tasting is not to be missed!
The Camargue is known for it's
barren flatlands, rice patties and saltflats.
This provides a sanctuary for the wild white horses, and abundance of waterfowl particularly the beautiful flamingoes.
"Off to the Market..."
The wednesday morning market in St.Remy is a must.
I also really enjoyed the Saturday market in Arles (large and one of the best)
Provence is known for it's Honey,Lavender, Goats Cheese and quality Produce.,,,etc
I highly reccomend you take time to check out any of the farmers markets as they provide a glimce into everyday life in provence.
"Tribute to Van Gogh"
Van Gogh lived in St Remy and painted many of his pieces there.
This site is where he is said to have painted the famous
Olives Trees it is next to the Hospital where he stayed and is part of the lovely Van Gogh "Walk"
Don't do it at miday as the heat was almost unbearable.
He went there for the beautiful Provence light.
He was right to go, it is heavenly.
I may have to do a completely separate tavel page for Paris.
There is just to much to fit in.....
Plus not being able to get into the George V this time was annoying so I have a sufficient amount of b****ing to to in regards to the hotel we ended up with.
But Paris was fabulous as usual and I managed to get in a bit of culture as you can see.
I also managed to get reservations for dinner at the George V.
That was a big bonus!
We drank a bottle of
1989 Pichon Longueville,, Lalande
a gorgeous, eye crossing Pauillac!!
Here I am at the Louvre..
Having just finished the
Da Vinci Code I guess I was inspired to go.
I have been to Paris many times and always seem to be too busy but this time I had a free day to have a look around.
I was very impressed to say the least.