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Happy 80th Birthday Mom: Menerbes and Provence, Cassis and the Cote D’Azur

Happy 80th Birthday Mom: Menerbes and Provence, Cassis and the Cote D’Azur

Oct 3rd, 2013, 06:30 AM
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Despite the challenges, it sounded like a nice trip. And didn't you luck out with places to stay?!
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Oct 3rd, 2013, 06:35 AM
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TD - yes, all the places we stayed were amazing, especially since I just found them from the Internet without any recommendations other than Tripadvisor. Things could have easily gone astray but I do try to do my homework. I wholeheartedly and happily recommend each place.
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Oct 3rd, 2013, 07:03 AM
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OK low country - I started it - search Abruzzo 2.0!
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Oct 3rd, 2013, 09:01 AM
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Loving your report! We've been to many of these places (corkscrew museum included) and enjoyed our honeymoon in and around the southern Rhone & then Cassis. I'll be going back over this in more detail, as my family, to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary, are renting a house near Avignon between Christmas & New Years. (Yes, their anniversary is December 28th. What can you do?)
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Oct 3rd, 2013, 09:31 AM
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Did you love the Corkscrew Museum? Some of those were really funny, especially the raunchy ones! It was a good choice!

Ahhh what can you do...forced to go to France the end of December! LOL
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Jan 31st, 2014, 02:21 PM
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I loved reading about your trip! I don't know if you'll see this question (months later) but I would love an opinion from you or others. My daughter is living in Marseille and my husband and I are going to visit her and plan to go to one of the villages to stay for 4 nights (with her). We like renting a place rather than staying in a hotel and I'm having trouble deciding between several beautiful places and towns! I thought I had decided on L'Isle Sur la Sorgue with a charming apartment right in town. We like to be able to just go out and walk around town, although we will rent a car for day trips. Then I saw the beautiful place you stayed in Menerbe and wondered if we should stay there to take advantage of beautiful views. Then after that I started reading about Roussillon and I'm starting to make myself crazy.

We love the markets and also like (easy) biking and hiking. We don't mind driving places, but also find it fun to stay in a town that has some things to do. We will be there in late March.

Any opinions?

Thanks for a lovely report!
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Jan 31st, 2014, 02:32 PM
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bookmarking: I was looking for this TR!
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Jan 31st, 2014, 05:53 PM
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Great report, thanks!
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Feb 1st, 2014, 04:20 AM
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What a great report. I love traveling with my sweet mother. I will bookmark this for the 2015 trip!
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Feb 1st, 2014, 10:37 AM
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Wonderful trip report!! Makes me want to start planning again.

Can you please cite the approx. cost of the places you stayed?
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Feb 4th, 2014, 08:03 AM
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I was surprised to see this pop up again! Glad people are still enjoying it!

I didn't remember the prices so I looked them up for you tomboy - we were there in high season - all are cheaper other times of the year:

Le Mas des Cigales, Route des Quenières, Tourrettes-sur-Loup - 130 Euros/night
(be careful - there is another Mas des Cigales out there - be sure it's this one you check!)
Menerbes 2, Menerbes - 1490 E/week (listed under theluberon.com website)
Maison de Ninos, Cassis - 150 E/night

All this just brought back such good memories of where we stayed - thanks!
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Feb 4th, 2014, 08:45 AM
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Great trip report! I agree with your mother re trip home to Pennsylvania via Chicago. It does seem a bit odd, but then agree with you that if it is significantly cheaper, then do it!
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Feb 4th, 2014, 09:11 AM
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It can be really significant pricewise to fly to Chicago and back! Sometimes when we have used miles, it was the only way we could go. So we sleep an extra hour!

mhutch - sorry - didn't mean to skip your question...
I have rented a house just outside Isle sur la Sorgue many years ago and then this apartment in Menerbes. Decide which is more important - village life with a view or walking around a town. There are certainly benefits to both but only you know what suits you best. For me, after having done both, the gorgeous apartment, view and quaint village away from mobs of tourists would now win out. We didn't require a lot to do when in the village and with that apartment, loved just being there with wine, cheese, bread... Rousillon was nice, but crowded and parking was difficult. That would not be my top choice for a week - a day there was more than enough for us - but then again, I bet you could find someone who would swear by it!
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Feb 5th, 2014, 07:51 AM
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Thank you for looking them up
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Feb 6th, 2014, 04:46 PM
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Thank you, kwren. We finally decided on L'Isle Sur la Sorgue, although I'm sure we would have been happy happy with the quieter village and view as well. This way it might be easier if our daughter has different ideas than we do about what we feel like doing. She's 27 and I hope when I'm 80 we can do this again.
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Feb 7th, 2014, 12:00 AM
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I'm sure you will love being there. We enjoyed having croissants sitting by the river one morning and of course the markets. Bonus for you...you won't have to look for parking on market day! How did you find your apartment?
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Feb 10th, 2014, 08:20 AM
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I found it through Tripadvisor. It has good reviews and it's located right in town. It's above a shop called Nordlys.

I don't suppose you have been to the island Porquerolles? It's a side trip from Marseille we're considering.

Thanks for your help. We can't wait to go!
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Feb 11th, 2014, 05:00 AM
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No, haven't been there. We did the Calanques trip instead, but if you go I'd love to hear about it.
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Feb 11th, 2014, 12:58 PM
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I'll post a report. Thanks for your help!
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Feb 12th, 2014, 04:30 AM
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Have fun!
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