4 days in Provence

Apr 26th, 2001, 01:51 PM
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4 days in Provence

I need some advice- we have 4 days in Provence. I had originally planned to spend 2 in Avignon and 2 in Aix. Now I am having second thoughts, should I instead pick one and day trip to the other- any thoughts?
 
Apr 26th, 2001, 01:58 PM
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Depends on what you want to do. I'm all for picking one spot for that amount of time, and not basing yourself in a 'city' where you might spend some time in traffic. I ran into a big jam in Avignon once, and other times, had no trouble getting around.

I'd base yourself somewhere in between those 2 places, like Gordes, and travel from there over 4 days. St. Remy is also a good base for this, but a little far from Aix. Good for all of the Luberon, Arles, Nimes, otherwise.
 
Apr 26th, 2001, 05:48 PM
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Jane, after lots of reading and talking to people, we're very excited about our itinery in Provence Taking a train from Barcelona to Montpellier, we're renting a car and staying one night in Arles. Next day touring Arles, Les Baux and environs and staying in St. Remy. For the next 2 days we'll ending up sleeping in Menerbes, setting out each morning for a different adventure. Sounds very cool.
 
Apr 26th, 2001, 06:19 PM
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Why the second thoughts? Because you're not sure you want to change hotels, or cities? I've never spent any time in Avignon except to catch the train back to Paris...but I LOVED Aix so, if you're set on staying in one of the two places, that would be my recommendation.
 
Apr 27th, 2001, 04:15 AM
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If you have a car, I wouldn't base myself in either of those cities. They're rather like cities anywhere in the world... with traffic, noise and little 'charm'.

I would suggest staying in one place ...
a village either in the Luberon region (Bonnieux, Menerbes) or closer to St. Remy, Maussane-les-Alpilles, or Les Baux. Almost everyplace can be reached in under an hour by car... Aix is one hour from St. Remy - about a 20 minute longer drive if you're staying in Gordes.

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Apr 27th, 2001, 12:40 PM
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PB is right.
We have made many trips to Provence and find St.Remy really convenient. It's a charming town and within 20 minutes of many other wonderful small towns.It is also about 5 minutes to the autoroute which you can use to get to Aix and Avignon.
 
Apr 28th, 2001, 03:06 AM
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PB is right.
We have made many trips to Provence and find St.Remy really convenient. It's a charming town and within 20 minutes of many other wonderful small towns.It is also about 5 minutes to the autoroute which you can use to get to Aix and Avignon.
 

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