My wife and I are travelling to Bordeaux for a wedding in early July. We are flying into Paris and driving to Bordeaux. We will be in Bordeaux Thursday through Sunday. Our plan is to drive from Bordeax Sunday morning and head to Provence for the following week.
I have picked up the Michelin Green Guide as well as a few other books to help the planning. At this point, with only 6 full days in Provence, I do not want to bump around too much and would prefer to have one or two home bases.
My initial thought is to first head to some area around St. Remy / Louberon / Aix (would prefer a smaller village feel) for the first 3 or 4 days. The last two days I would like to find a smaller/quieter (I know this may be difficult in July) town on the coast towards Nice (we will be flying out of Nice on Sunday afternoon).
We love good food and wine, although do not feel the need to see too many wineries (my wife is from just south of Napa/Sonoma so we do a lot of wine tasting in CA, and will be doing some in Bordeaux for the first part of this trip). More interested in art/culture/exploring small towns and not rushing too much.
Any advice on "home bases" for the time around Aix/Luberon/Avignon and then a base for a few relaxing beach days before departing Nice would be greatly appreciated.
I am still in early planning, and have found it hard to narrow down options (even with the Green Guide), but think that by choosing our home bases it will help us formulate the rest of our itinerary.
Thanks in advance,