35 th anniversary in Provence & Paris

May 25th, 2012, 02:34 PM
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35 th anniversary in Provence & Paris

My plans are to visit Provence in July 3-7th arriving in Nice then renting a car. & driving to Provence I plan on catching a train from Avignon to Paris on the 7th

I haven't decided on which town we should establish a base from & hotel suggestions would be helpful
We like bohemian luxury wineries ,markets & great food
I'm having difficulty with an itinerary

I heard st remy would be a good choice gordes, les baux &
Le sur de la sogue
I'm holding reservations @ a few hotels in those towns

If anyone has suggestions of a total itinerary that would be great

I would like this to be a special trip

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May 25th, 2012, 02:37 PM
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Can't offer any insight but wanted to wish you happy 35th, quite a milestone! Congratulations and have a fantastic trip!
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May 25th, 2012, 03:35 PM
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With only 3 1/2 days, it's hard to suggest a "narrowed down" itinerary for you unless we know what your interests are.

Cute little villages
Roman Ruins
Scenic drives through lavender fields
Large cities (Avignon, Arles, etc)
farmer's markets
Caves with stalactites & mites
remote non-touristy countryside
winery visits
Antique markets
Remote villages
castle ruins
long leisurely lunches with a snooze afterwards
sitting at cafes & people watching

And don't say "we want to see it all" because you don't have enough time to see it all.

Do you want to sleep in a city that has restaurants, shops, and cafes you can walk to, or do you prefer a hotel/B&B in the quiet countryside?

What is a "bohemian luxury winery"?

Stu Dudley
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May 25th, 2012, 03:48 PM
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St Remy is .a good base to do day trips in different directions. A good guide book will help you decide what
you want to see.
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May 25th, 2012, 03:48 PM
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I certainly can't see it all I know that
I meant we like wineries
Accommodations should not be less formal....... but luxurious
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May 25th, 2012, 04:01 PM
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Have you visited a winery in France before? It is not like visiting one in the USA (we live near Napa/Sonoma). You don't just drop in for a tour and tasting - you usually need to make an appointment. Doing so will consume a lot of time - which you really haven't got much of.

My wife & I have vacationed for 18 weeks in Provence. We stay in gites (houses), so I don't have any hotel recs. I do have a 27 page itinerary that describes our favorite villages, markets, scenic drives, sites, etc. It has a section on Provence fabric too. I've sent it to over 3,000 people on Fodors. If you would like a copy, e-mail me at [email protected] & I'll attach one to the reply e-mail.

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