Abbydog Report: South of France

Feb 1st, 2006, 08:21 AM
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Hi abbydog, great trip report. I am saving in my Provence file for when I go in August.
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Feb 1st, 2006, 08:39 AM
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Thank you! It's so gratifying that it lives on -- it didn't get much attention back when I posted it!

Good luck with your trip.
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Feb 1st, 2006, 09:05 AM
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Thanks Stu and sorry, abbydog, for high-jacking this post. Your report is great and I found it when searching for Montpellier which we are making a "base" town. We will be coming by train from Spain so will have some luggage. Our hotel is very near Opera House so I'm thinking the tram would be a good idea? Is that area pedestrian only otherwise?
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Feb 1st, 2006, 09:17 AM
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There are better experts than me on Montpellier -- you might want to post your question separately! We just drove in through mind-boggling traffic and then walked everywhere through the pedestrian area. If your hotel is too far for walking, the tram should work. But taxis may be allowed in the area -- I just can't remember.
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Feb 1st, 2006, 11:38 AM
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>>But taxis may be allowed in the area -- I just can't remember.<<

Nope. We took a taxi from the airport and she had to drop us off a few blocks from our hotel. When we took a taxi to the train station the next morning to pick up our rental car and the taxi had to meet us a few blocks away from the hotel. We stayed at the Du Palais.

The train station & Opera are only 2-3 blocks apart. They may, however, allow taxis south of the Pl Comedie/Opera area, but if your hotel is north of there, the taxi may not be able to get you much closer. If your hotel is west of the train station, walking from the station may be less than walking from the tram stop. Get a Michelin Red Guide & figure it out using the detailed map.

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Feb 1st, 2006, 11:43 AM
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Also, the hotel should be able to advise you on the easiest way to get there from the train station.
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 01:47 PM
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Hotel did give directions but neglected to mention their pedestrian-only status (this a combo of my poor French and their poor English!). I will ask them about that. The tram map I've found doesn't show the exact location of the tram station on Place de la Comedie. Just one more question, is it up hill from the Gare?
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Feb 12th, 2006, 10:35 AM
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I loved your report and descriptions of places you stayed and saw. I especially liked your description of the farm in Maillane and the sheep!
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Feb 12th, 2006, 03:50 PM
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Thanks! I do have a thing for sheep. . .
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Feb 13th, 2006, 12:41 PM
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This is a great help on discovering the area of Provence. My mother and I are going in September and want to stay in 2 different locations in Provence-one in a town and one out in the country. We were thinking about Arles or Aix. Did you make it to Aix? Did you love Arles? Do you know anything about Hotel Particulier in Arles? Thank you.
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Feb 13th, 2006, 02:16 PM
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Hi! You will find lots of opinions in other Fodors threads about towns in Provence for a base. . . I visited Aix for just one day during a past trip for the Saturday market and to visit some major sights (such as Cezanne's studio), and I that was sufficient. Arles seems more centrally located and there is so much more to do! I loved the variety (Roman architecture, Provencal history, fantastic market, good restaurants) -- and all within walking distance. However, many people complain about the difficulty of driving in and out of the city, and it's true you would want to spend a few days planted there rather than attempt to use it as a base for travel.

A lot depends on how much driving you plan to do and what you want to see. I would keep checking out opinions on the Fodors threads, come up with a rough plan, and then run it by the "experts" for comments. And for a countryside base, I couldn't recommend Mas de la Christine in Maillane more highly! Good luck!
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