Provence in May

Old Sep 17th, 2000, 02:33 PM
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Provence in May

I am going to Provence for my first time with a girlfriend. We would love for you to share the best things to see, restaurants and markets that we just shouldn't miss. Only there for one week before heading to Paris for three days. Thank you in advance!
Old Sep 17th, 2000, 03:35 PM
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Hi, Judy! I travelled on my own to Provence (in May) a few years ago. It was glorious! I really enjoyed the street market in Old Town Nice; went to people-watch in Cannes during the film festival (great if your trip coincides). Les Baux de Provence was spectacular -- had a great ($$$) meal at L'Oustau de Baumaniere (sp?). Do try to get to Les Baux. I stumbled upon a street market in St. Remy, which was fun. Even with my horrid French, bargained for items and loved the town. Avignon on a sunny day is wonderful, and Aix would be a great base. Dined at the famous sidewalk cafe there -- name escapes me. But anywhere you can soak in the environs is splendid in Provence. I'm envious -- can't wait to go back. Enjoy!
Old Sep 17th, 2000, 04:48 PM
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The Palace of the Popes in Avignon, Les Baux, driving through the hills of the Luberon where the views and villages are perfect.
Old Sep 17th, 2000, 07:42 PM
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Boy do I envy you. I was just there this past Memorial Day weekend and would do anything to go back. First a splurge dinner is at the Columbe de'Or in St. Paul de Vence. Reservations a must. Plan at least 3 hours to eat - they do not rush you and everything is
excellent. Do not pass on the house appetizers - 14 different dishes plus a basket of fresh vegetables. It's almost a meal by itself. Again it's a little pricy (over $125 for 2 with only 2 glasses of wine) but it's easily the best meal I've ever had. Also, it is situated in a great little walking town. Don't forgetto take a trip to Grasse and visit some of the perfum shops. Most have tours and all have shops. Since you have time do venture over to Monaco (20 minutes from Nice). It is a beautiful place to visit and people watch. Especially near the Casino. If you go to the Casino you will need your passport and appropriate dress (men jacket & tie women dresses) I would not bother to go to St. Tropez - it is a long way to the beaches off the highway and it is nothing special. Have a great time!
Old Sep 18th, 2000, 12:48 PM
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Unless things are wildly different in May than they are in August, I have to differ about the strong recommendation to go to Les Baux. I just returned from a month in Provence, and the only place where the crowds were as rumored was in Les Baux. Though the rock formations are indeed beautiful, the town itself has become one postcard store, tourist shop and ice cream parlous after another. The crowd was so thick that I could barely walk. And don't even get me started on the public bathroom there. Aix is lovely, as is the old port in Marseille. My favorite place was the Picasso Museum in Antibes. The Palais des Popes in Avignon is an amazing structure, though be warned that if the Beauty art exhibit or similar is going on, you may not be able to see some of the rooms.
Old Sep 19th, 2000, 08:14 AM
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Les Baux is great in May - the trick is to get their as early as you can before the tour buses arrive. It's wonderful in the morning with the town waking up and the sun coming up!

The crowds can be bad - esp in August which is high tourist time there.
Old Sep 29th, 2000, 01:10 AM
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If you stay in Avignon, I have a couple of fave restaurants. My very favorite is this place called L'Epicerie (10, Place Saint Pierre), a charming little restaurant. Either make reservations or go early, as this place is always packed. Prices are reasonable and they serve up dishes using fresh regional ingredients. The dishes and the waithelp are by no means "elegant," but the food is tasty and filling.

Another restaurant--maybe more romantic for you--is Le Saboly (Place Nicholas Saboly). Food is also great, but not much English is spoken at ALL. It's a little more expensive, but very Provencal.

One of the funniest shopping trips I've taken was to Geant, which is the French (or Provence) version of Costco. It was one of the hugest, "big box" stores I had EVER seen in France, with cheap cheap cheap stuff (food, soap, liquor) that you can bring home as souvenirs.
Old Oct 5th, 2000, 05:20 PM
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I am thinking of going to Providence by myself sometime next year. I've never been overseas before and am wondering how safe it is to do that. I am a single female in my early 30's. I posted a new message last night on this website asking about the danger of doing this but today I can't find my message! Maybe I didn't do it right?
Any advice would be very welcome! Thanks!
Old Oct 5th, 2000, 05:22 PM
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Oops! I mean Provence! See? I am already excited and nervous!

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