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“Luberon Valley,Provence”

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5 reviews
5 helpful votes
“Luberon Valley,Provence”
Reviewed 6 July 2010

Summer 2010
I just got back from a two weeks vacation in the Luberon Valley in Provence,France. It's my second time in Provence and this time we decided to rent a house instead of staying in a hotel.It was the right thing to do... less expensive and more pleasant. After few days we were felling like we were locals.... we got to know our neighbor, we became friends with some people from the village.It felt great. The whole area is so beautiful and there are so many villages close by that we decided to rent a car..Every single little village is breath-taking in it's own way. The village of Gordes built on top of a rock hill.... Lacoste with its narrow streets..... Roussillon, famous for its ocher pigments. The centuries old villages with its stone houses,surrounded by fields of lavender , cherrie trees covered with vivid red cherries and the grapevines had a bucolic feel to it. Nothing feels better than having a glass of rose wine at one of the local restaurant overlooking the valley while the sun is saying goodbye for the day and then go back to a home that smells like lavender.... It's relaxing and romantic. It's unforgettable!!!

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Long Island, NY
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
19 helpful votes
“Southern France River Cruise”
Reviewed 8 November 2009

We just returned from a 12-day river cruise tour of Southern France.

Nice, on the French Riviera was at 72F a welcome respite from New York's 50s and 60s, gave us a chance to wear short pants and a taste of Italianate France monuments and food. Nice was nice!

A walking tour and then a brief bus ride got us to the ship (too elegant to be called a river boat), the Avalon Waterways MS Scenery, at Arles. After a walk around Arles, we proceed up the Rhone and Saone rivers to Avignon, Viviers, Vienne, Lyon, Macon and Beaune. Viewing medieval castles and pastoral farmland from the picture windows at breakfast, lunch, tea time, happy hour and dinner was just like in the ads, especially when the scenery was moving. Walking tours in the mornings and visits to local attractions in the afternoons helped to work off the inevitable calories and to broaden our cultural experience instead of our behnds!

All too soon, we got to Paris to top off our French experience with visits to the Eiffel Tower light show and the Arch of Triumph, the Moulin Rouge dinner show and just plain shopping. Excellent flea markets!

This Globus tour, aimed at a little upscale over 50s market, was not the cheapest, but gave us excellent dollar value with quality of food, beverages, guides, accomodations, pace and mix of included/optional tours. The Air France meals were better than Delta's.

16 Thank jgrattan
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Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
29 helpful votes
“Lavender walks”
Reviewed 30 August 2007

After researching on line and filling a Michelin map with arrow stickies of towns that looked interesting, we set out on a lavender field adventure in mid July, lavender blooming season in Provence. Using secondary roads, clearly detailed on the map but often seeming like farmer's driveways, we wondered the rolling hills from Lyon south toward Avignon and Apt. The hills outside Monttelimar held our first lavender field sighting. Your senses are bombarded - the sight of the almost irredescent mauve mounds undulating up and down like huge purple caterpillars, the pungent smell, and the surprizing sound of a million bees hovering over row after row. A childhood dream came true as I walked between the rows down to the end of the field and back.

"La Cremaillere" Hotel in Dieulefit was home that night, comfortable, friendly and quiet. A very French Breakfast was marvelously presented in the courtyard.

La Poet Laval, a medieval town perched on a hill close by was a wonderful surprise. If we had booked ahead we might have enjoyed a night inside the walls of this amazing town. As we wandered the cobblestone alleys, a harpist practiced tunes to be played at the evening concert in the sanctuary of the church.

Winding our way toward Grignan castle (not to be missed) we must have taken 50 pictures of lavender fields, each one more beautiful than the last. After driving up, over, and around the hill country, we arrived at Sault, the lavender capital and beginning of 'the lavender trail'. Just ask someone in town and they will direct you to the parking lot and you can stroll the fields or drive along the road.

After purchasing an orginal oil painting of, yes, lavender, we drove on toward Gordes. Approaching from the south, the town is something out of a Hollywood movie set. Breathtaking. Filled with innumerable restaurants but short on hotels, we would have been advised to have booked ahead. Supper at "Le Provincal" on the square was wonderful and they had the best profiterole in all the land! (we were conducting a taste test of these chocolate covered cream puffs every chance we had). Getting up early the next morning, we enjoyed a frinedly conversation along with a crepe and coffee with the creperie owner on the main street just below the fruit stand.

Off we went to Avignon, leaving behind the tranquility of Provence, being confident that God had put an extra bit of His love in to this part of His creation.

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Lakewood, Ohio
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
5 helpful votes
“A holiday in Provence”
Reviewed 5 January 2006

I have the good fortune of having a sister living in one of the world's most wonderful cities - Paris. For my 2005 visit, I timed going over to correspond with the Toussaint Holiday (end of October/ first of November)when schoolchildren in France are off for a week. For the holiday we decided to take a road trip and explore the Provence! We rented a wonderful vacation house in the beautiful town of Roussillon. Roussillon served as our home base for a week of exploring. Our 'holiday house' (as my 3 year old nephew Adam termed our temporary home) at the edge of town was perfectly situated. My sister located the house by running an internet search for vacation rentals. Fully equipped with 3 bedrooms, full bath, kitchen and beautiful patio w/ built-in brick grill accomodated the 5 of us quite perfectly. Dan, my beau-frere (French for brother-in-law) appreciated the grill since they currently live in center city Paris. Roussillon is a beautiful town and famous for its ochre cliffs and multihued buildings. We spent the week making daytrips to many of the regions attractions. The only problem we had was trying to figure out what to include in our brief 'taste' of Provence!

5 Thank kimy37
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Alexandria, Louisiana
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
38 helpful votes
“Nimes France where and the Roman ruins Thomas Jefferson loved”
Reviewed 20 January 2004

We have friends in St. Priest-en-Jarez and they suggested that we visit Nimes, France if we liked Roman ruins. THe ruins there are spectacular and we stayed at a hotel (where they train prospective hotel managers) on Rue John F Kennedy where they ironed the clothes in your closet while we were out at night for no extra charge and without a request.
We found out at the Jefferson/Napoleon exhibit at the NEw Orleans Museum of Art that Thomas Jefferson had a sketch drawn of some of the same Roman ruins we visited on one of his trips to Nimes. The hotel and city are delightful and we can't wait to return. Theere is a well presserved Roman aqueduct, too, that flowed into the city from Pont du Gard.

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