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Trip Report-Provence/Paris plus learning experiences!

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Thank you to everyone on Fodors for help and information. We didn't get to half the places we wanted to so unfortunately we will have to go back-the sooner the better!
We flew on Air France out of Boston. I had booked in November on line. At that time I booked our seats. Well, they changed the plane and they also said that my husband's seat wasn't confirmed for the trip out but was for the trip back. Learning experience 1-double check the flight periodically. I had checked to make sure the flight still existed but not in depth as I should have.
We took the TGV to Avignon from CDG without any problems. Learning experience 2-there is a board which shows where each car will stop. You need to be where the car marked on your ticket will stop to make an easy transfer onto the train.
Of course we got lost getting to our hotel in St Remy de Provence. Learning experience 3-the map you schlepped from home does no good in your bags.
We stayed for one week at the Mas de Carassin. It is a gorgeous place a ten minute walk into St Remy. We booked it online and we very happy with our choice. We had a ground floor suite with its own little patio tuck into the hedges. It had a small sitting room and bedroom, the bathroom had a WC, tiled stall shower with an amazing showerhead and hand held, and a Jacuzzi tub. Pierre and Michel who run the place were very nice and of course fluent in English.There is a pool but it wasn't ready for use since they had just open after vacation the day we arrived. It also wasn't pool weather. The grounds were beautiful and we had a view of the hills beyond Glanum. Breakfast, which was included in the price, was served in the dining room since the weather wasn't quite warm enough in the morning for the patio. It was a nice spread too with cereal, yogurt, various breads, croissant, coffee, chocolate, cheese and fruit. Pierre serves a set menu dinner in their dining room several times a week. We ate there twice. The first night we ate there Pierre let me help him in the kitchen. My idea of a wonderful vacation and my family is waiting for me to reproduce Pierre's recipes at home.

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