Category Provence

2018 Gone, 2019 Beckons

Travels in Europe, Asia & The Americas It is the time of the year to reflect back on the year’s adventures and look forward to what 2019 may bring. There is something different for me this year however. A recent nine-day hospitalisation has given me time to think about what the privilege of travel really […]

Le Tour de France – Stage Two

Continuing my touring ideas for France, not by bicycle but by road and rail (see my stage one post for Côte d’Azur). Provence Also accessible from Nice, a better gateway is Marseille, especially as you can now get a direct train there from London. Marseille is very big and can be a little stressful, but still […]

France Part Five – Orange and Chateauneuf du Pape

Back to our chariot for the latest adventure taking in the Roman city and renowned wine region. We stopped first for picnic supplies and a whistle-stop tour of Villeneuve’s striking cathedral with it’s fine cloisters. After that, it was all green for go to Orange for its impressive amphitheatre. Unbeknown to me before the trip, […]

France Part Quatre – Avignon

We breakfasted on fresh croissant, even fresher cherries and the kind of filter coffee that screams WAKE UP at you. Today was to become one of those instant recall days. Pierre, our attentive/slightly fussy host, told us that today was market day in town. Our plans to stroll up to the Fort Saint-Andre and the adjoining Jardins […]

France Part Three – Aix-en-Provence and up to Avignon

Today was chill day – we had been flat out for six days after all and we would be on the road again soon enough. Aix is one of those places that I have heard of so many times but hadn’t got around to visiting – it was worth the wait. A chilled vibe prevailed, […]

France Part Deux – Villages of Provence

The day started with petit déjeuner in the delightful cloisters, a lovely place for fresh croissants & warm bread, pure orange juice, confiture de fraises and bowl of strong coffee. A leisurely breakfast is one of the delights of a holiday – far removed from the rushed version of normal life. We planned our route with the […]

France Part One – Nice to Aix-en-Provence

I had heard of the beauty of Provence of course, I just never realised just how damned fabulous it was until I witnessed it for myself this June. We flew to Nice on easyJet and stayed three days with a good friend of ours called Anna in her Cannes apartment, before picking up our Fiat […]