Areas you loved between Avignon & Nice

Jul 27th, 2000, 08:34 AM
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Areas you loved between Avignon & Nice

We are considering flying into Nice and have a few days free to travel before Avignon.
Any suggestions on cities, sites, wine tasting, hotels, etc. that shouldn't be missed. We were thinking of concentrating
on the Riviera but have mixed opinions on that region. Planning to rent a car unless public transportation would be better.
Jul 27th, 2000, 10:31 AM
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We liked Antibes for its beautiful sandy beaches and Picasso museum. Could easily be a daytrip from Nice by train. We also liked Arles (which could be a daytrip from Avignon) for Roman ruins, museums, general old tone of the city.
Jul 27th, 2000, 10:34 AM
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In the Luberon, Les Baux de Provence and Roussillon are very pretty. Saint-Remy-de-Provence is busier, but still charming. Aix-en-Provence is on your way and has a lot to recommend it, but be aware that the Cours Mirabeau (famous boulevard with cafes, etc.) is very torn up right now, through next year sometime.

I haven't been to Ile de Porquieres (bad spelling), but it has been highly recommended, as has St Paul de Vence.

You have so many options-- have fun deciding!
Jul 27th, 2000, 12:06 PM
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Hi Karen,

It's difficult to say which I like better, the Riviera or Western Provence - there are fabulous spots in each area. If you're a museum/nightlife person you'd do better staying on the Riviera as there are more large towns/cities there. Nice, Cannes, and Antibes have great museums as well as charm. And the small villages above the Riviera are wonderful to explore (St-Paul, Vence, Tourettes-sur-Loup, Villeveuve Loubet, etc.) One route I'd recommend Villefranche and St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat; see the Greek Villa in Beaulieu-sur-Mer; drive along the Middle Corniche to Eze and continue on to St-Paul-de-Vence and Vence (see the Matisse chapel).

If you prefer the quiet of the countryside and charming towns you should fly to Marseilles and explore the Avignon and Luberon area (St-Remy, Pont du Gard, Menerbes, Lacoste, Roussillon, Venasque, Seguret, etc.).

Definitely rent a car. You'll have so much more flexibility. Email me for more info.

Jul 27th, 2000, 07:25 PM
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The Musee Matisse in Cimiez is well worth a visit as is the Foundation Maeght in Vence; all the villages
Adrienne listed are wonderful!

Jul 28th, 2000, 08:52 AM
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I was EXTREMELY impressed with the hill towns of the Riviera including Eze Village, St. Paul de Vence and Vence. There is also a wonderful house/garden to tour in Cap St. Jean called the Rothschild Estate.

Now, Provence is my favorite region of France thus far. Please do not miss Le Baux, Gordes (including the bories village) and Rousillon (at sunset especially. Aix is more of a city and pales by comparison to the villages I listed above. Arles on a Saturday morning for the outdoor market is just wonderful too.
Jul 28th, 2000, 09:10 AM
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Don't miss Les Baux de Provence.

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