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Arriving St-Remy-de-Provence July 14-food? (& CDG transfer question)

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First, let me offer my thanks for all the information already on these forums. I studied in France a million years ago (I can read French but am no longer very comfortable speaking it), but I haven't been to Europe since the early 1990s, and travel planning has changed SO much. I've read and am trying to apply everyone's great advice about credits cards, train tickets, etc. Thanks!

So ... we're attempting our first family vacation overseas. I am travelling with my husband, mom, and 3 kids to France at the height of tourist season (July 8-20), arriving in Paris July9. On Saturday 14 July we are taking the TGV to Avignon (supposedly arriving at 3:15pm), picking up a rental car, and driving to a rental home in St-Remy-de-Provence. It's Saturday, and it's Bastille Day, and I'm assuming most stores will be closed and most restaurants will already be booked. Likewise for Sunday and possibly Monday, I imagine. We'd like to eat at home a lot -- we've already spent so much money on airfare and lodging, and it can be a drag sitting around a restaurant with the kids. If this were an American destination, I'd plan to grab takeout food Saturday night and do a big shopping run at a supermarket on Sunday morning.

So... what can we eat Saturday night? I cannot imagine that a grocery would be open on July 14 ... true? Does anyone know how to make dinner reservations online in St-Remy? Any recommendations for decent takeout? Do we need to shop in Paris on Friday and bring groceries with us on the train (we will have an apartment @ Bastille Place so we will have a frig there)? I'm picturing bringing along an extra rolling suitcase just for food ... seems bizarre ...

And then it's Sunday ... is there anywhere to shop for groceries? I see from discussions on these boards that in "tourist" areas of France, supermarkets are now allowed to be open on Sunday. Anyone have experience actually shopping in/around St-Remy on Sunday and Monday?

I'm also curious about driving from Avignon-TGV to St.-Remy. The house is a little west of the village. The agency says to take the A7, but somebody on one of these boards said that's bad advice. The agency also allowed a lot of time for us to get to the house ... will there be horrific traffic? Will Avis take hours and hours to give us our car?

One other question -- on Friday July 20 we have an Air France flight departing CDG at 4:30pm. We bought tickets from Avignon-TGV to Gare de Lyon instead of CDG because it was much cheaper. This has us arriving Gare de Lyon at 12:53pm. Is it going to be quick and easy to transfer to CDG or is this a stupid plan? We plan to have minimal luggage in order to be capable of using metro or whatever is easiest.

All advice welcome. Thanks very much in advance.

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