Best day-trips from St Remy

Old May 15th, 2012, 09:00 AM
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Best day-trips from St Remy

Four of us--2 couples--will have a car. We will spend a day exploring St Remy where we are staying and then have 5 more days to see towns in in the vicinity. What are your favorite day- trip towns and what shouldn't be missed?
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Old May 15th, 2012, 09:10 AM
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We've spent 18 weeks vacationing in Provence. I developed a 27 page itinerary that describes our favorite day-trips, markets, villages, etc. I've sent it to over 3,000 people on Fodors & aol. If you would like a copy, e-mail me at [email protected] & I'll attach a copy to the reply e-mail.

I could name about 20 or more exciting day trips - but all the details are in the itinerary.

PS - IMO there is no need to devote an entire day to visit St Remy. You'll see plenty of it in the morning as you get ready for your day or in the afternoon after you return from day trips, and even as you wander through town to get to dinner. St Remy is quite small.

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Old May 15th, 2012, 10:40 AM
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You will have to make an effort if you want to see the "asylum" where Van Gogh lived as it is outside town a bit and you wont just stumble across it in town.
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Old May 15th, 2012, 10:50 AM
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There is so much in that area - strike out in any direction and you almost can't go wrong. Stu's e-mail really does list most if not all the sites with amazingly accurate opinions - we used it, several times.

Otherwise do a search on Fodor's and there will be a ton of options pop up. Nimes, Pont Du Gard, Aix-En-Provence, Avignon, Arles and on and on - the area is a gold mine of places to see and visit. (A day trip I would like for example would be to drive over to Aigues-Mortes about an hour and a half away. Be a tourist for a while and then maybe drive into Sete for dinner). But there are literally hundreds if not more options in that area.

Sounds like a great trip to me...have fun!
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Old May 15th, 2012, 11:44 AM
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If I was staying in St. Remy:
Pont du Gard

les Baux

Arles

Avignon-a short visit to see the old town, popes palace,park,
and the nursery rhyme bridge

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (only if on Sunday market day)

Lavender fields near Sault(north from St Saturin-les-Apt)
if in season(July)

Luberon Hill towns Gordes and Roussillon.

Petit Luberon towns
Oppede-le-Vieux,Menerbes,LaCoste,Bonnieux
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Old May 15th, 2012, 11:56 AM
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I second Dugi's list.
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Old May 15th, 2012, 12:26 PM
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Don't miss market day in St Remy. Lots of neat stuff.
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Old May 16th, 2012, 03:26 AM
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Thank you, all. I neglected to mention that we will be there last week in October. Does this affect any choices? Stu, top 3?
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Old May 16th, 2012, 06:04 AM
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What "full" days of the week?? Will you be there on a Sunday morning to catch the market in l'Isle sur la Sorgue?? Are you more interested in Roman ruins than pretty countryside - or vice-versa. Large cities vs "cute little perched villages". Canyons/gorges caves with stalactites & mites.

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Old May 16th, 2012, 06:07 AM
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Museums, long lunches, wineries? Obviously, no lavender or sunflower fields.

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Old May 17th, 2012, 09:48 AM
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We will be there for full days over a long weekend. So yes, a Sunday morning market would be great. No to caves and very rugged walking; yes to ruins, places smaller than big cities (i.e., we do not plan to go to Marseilles). Yes to food and wine and museums, but not every museum. Yes, obviously no lavender which really is too bad!
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