Mas des Figues

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Chemin d'Arles
Le Mas des Figues
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Maussanne - any advice welcomed!

by Alimacg

Hi everyone! Maussane is going to be the base to a holiday of "a month in Provence". Are the villages around Maussanne easily accessible? is the area pretty and is there alot to see and do? transport to Avignon? car or bus?
Please help - this was not my destination of choice, so I have not really done much research.
Thanks
Ali

Re: Maussanne - any advice welcomed!

by zuriga

There is actually a www.maussane.com. I was curious to see exactly where that village was in relation to some others. It's a beautiful area, and you should have a really nice holiday. It looks as if Avignon is only about 30 minutes away by car and St. Remy will be even closer (I love that town). If you do some research, you'll find there's a great deal to see and do in Provence. Be sure to get to the north towards Vaison La Romaine, Carpentras etc. and also to the East.. Bonnieux, Rouisillon and Apt.

Re: Re: Maussanne - any advice welcomed!

by jamesfmunro

Provence is one of the most diverse areas of France. In fact, there is more variety there than anywere else. You have access to villages, big towns, mountains, farming country, ski resorts etc etc. Much of up-country Provence is best covered by car, if you will have one, though there is plenty of public transport between the larger towns.

I would suggest you buy a copy of the Rough Guide to Provence & the Cote d'Azur. This has all the background you'll need.

As well as the Maussane tourist website mentioned in the previous post, you can find contact details for all French tourist offices at www.tourisme.fr

Re: Maussanne - any advice welcomed!

by Beausoleil

The area is absolutely beautiful. It really is easier to get around if you have a car and the roads are very good. There is public transportation but it's so much fun to just drive around and explore all the little villages.

Favorite places in the area:
The Camargue (visit the Ornithological Reserve and Stes. Maries)
Arles (take the little train tour and then walk to all the places)
St. Remy (be sure to visit Glanum and Van Gogh's asylum)
Les Baux (go early to avoid major tourist traffic)
Abbaye Montmajour (spectacular views from the tower)
Daudet's Mill (near Montmajour is just a fun side trip)
Avignon (park free across the river at Les Angles and take the free shuttle bus into town)
Aix en Provence
Pont du Gard (if it's warm, have a picnic along the river)
Orange (fabulous Roman ruins)
St. Paul de Vence (old town and the Maeght Foundation)
Silvacane Abbey (and its two sister abbeys)
Fontaine de Vaucluse
Roussillon (old town and the marvelous ochre quarries)
Gordes (and the Village des Bories)
Grasse (tour a perfume factory)
Nice (museum of modern art, old town, market, boardwalk)
Lourmarin (very touristy but nice)
Moustiers Ste. Marie (faience and old village)
The Calanques along the coast - stunning
Martigues (sand beach, canals, flowers galore)

If you go to the Riviera (my least favorite part of France), be aware that the traffic along the shore is absolutely horrible. The beaches tend to be stones with a few pleasant exceptions like Juan les Pins which is sand. It takes hours to drive anyplace and you must be patient or you'll have a miserable time. Just relax and enjoy gridlock!! The Picasso Museum in Antibes is almost worth the traffic. There is another museum in Vallauris that holds Picasso's War and Peace and it is definitely worth it.

You will have a wonderful month. We try to go every year and find something new every time. Have fun.

Re: Re: Maussanne - any advice welcomed!

by jamesfmunro

In defence of the Riviera: the traffic congestion is indeed dreadful. The attitude towards money may also cause concern. However, the scenery is wonderful in many places and there are lots of interesting and attractive towns to see. A few kms from the coast and you would think you are in a different country.

If you wanted to visit Nice by an unusual route, you could drive to Digne and take the narrow gauge railway (Chemin de Fer de Provence). It's one of the most spectacular rail journeys in Europe.

Re: Re: Maussanne - any advice welcomed!

by Alimacg

Thanks! inside info is always the best.

Re: Re: Maussanne - any advice welcomed!

by jamesfmunro

p.s. if you do want to travel along the coast, take the train. You completely avoid gridlock and there are lots of stations, so it's very convenient. In fact, trains are good for travel throughout France. You'll be close enough to a main line station that will connect you to lots of places. Have a look at www.sncf.com for details.

Re: Re: Maussanne - any advice welcomed!

by Alimacg

Thanks:)
I was looking into a Eurail Select Pass - 3 countries-so-many-days travel etc. Anyone used one of those before? We would be flying into Paris and catching the TGV to Avignon...that's sorta the idea...and then establishing hiring a house for a month...renting a car and taking it from there. The rail pass would be for longer hauls...
Which [thank you] brings me onto the next question: CAR hire - any suggestions on that?

Thanks

Re: Car Hire

by Beausoleil

If you are going for a month, don't rent a car. Lease. It is much less expensive. We always use the Peugeot Open Europe plan. Get the smallest car you can live with because streets are narrow, parking places are small and fuel is expensive.

The web site is http://www.peugeot.com/sodexa/en/html/index_ns.html

Lease before you go to save even more. BTW, Peugeot has a 24-hour road service that gives you great peace of mind. We've only had to use it once and they had us back on the road within 35 minutes on Bastille Day weekend.

Re: Re: Car Hire

by Alimacg

Now that is something I never knew existed...have contacted the SA Peugeot rep already. Will keep you posted!
Thanks:)

Travel Tips for Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Provence Blue--A Tradition

by VeronicaG

As we roamed about town, we discovered that many, many structures had the traditional white coat of paint and/or Provence blue shutters.

That lovely blue shade is one that has remained fashionable for years and years and seems a standard in St. Remy, adding a very attractive touch. Some say its the same color of the sky overhead, but its a color widely adopted in France and has been for centuries.

Rounding a corner to see yet another home in these traditional colors added a challenge to our visit--finding a home that didn't sport these typically country French hues.

A Year in Provence?

by SFHulaGIrl

"Provence"

"I recall innumerable drives I have made, by ancient crumbling roadside walls, past hillsides of purple and green, on tiny winding cobbled roads that lead into sun-baked town squares bordered by the herb-seller and the fromagerie, the boulangerie, and the patisserie. At the last you stop to buy bread and it is always brown and crusty and when you break it in half the smell of the earth fills your nostrils."

-- Don George,
"My Private Riviera"

"Saint-Remy-de-Provence"

The Gallo-Roman city of Saint-Remy-de-Provence is located 20 km south of Avignon, at the foot of the Alpilles mountains. It is built on one of the oldest archaeological sites in Europe. This chaming village, with a population of approximately 9340, is filled with fantastic fountains and shady squares. Nostradamus was born here, and Vincent van Gogh painted "Starry Night" and "Self Portrait" while confined to the Asylum of Saint-Paul here. More information can be found at www.saintremy-de-provence.com

"Could This Be It?"

Have you read the books by Peter Mayle, one of them being "A Year in Provence"? More importantly, have you seen the videos of "A Year in Provence?" I swear this could be the town in the videos; I don't believe it's the town he mentions in his books (then again, I read them so long ago), but the videos must have been filmed here - at least, partially.

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 Mas des Figues

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Address: Chemin d'Arles