Provence -- Where to go?

Old Feb 16th, 2005, 09:19 AM
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Leave St Remy & drive to Aix for a morning visit - on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays there is a nice food market around the Ste Marie-Madeleine Church, and an antique/fabric/soap/other stuff on the Cours Mirabeau . Then leave Aix on the A8 east, getting off at the Brignoles exit. Drive through (not around) le Val, through Carces, to Cotignac. Visit this charming village. If you did not visit Senanque abbey near Gordes, visit it's sister - Thoronet near Carces.

After Cotignac, take the pretty D22 north (look back for an excellent view of Cotignac) then the D560 and finally the D51 through Villecroze to the very cute village of Tourtour. Visit Tourtour on foot. Then return to Villecroze & take the D560/D10 southeast to the pretty village of Lorgues - get out & visit Lourges also. After visiting Lourges, take the D10 southeast to Les Arcs & visit this town if you have time. Hop on the A8 again & head to St Paul for your final night. We stay at Le Hameau when we visit the St Paul area for a short time.

Next morning before your afternoon flight, visit St Paul if you didn't visit it the day before. Visit Vence (old town), then take the D2210 west to Tourrettes and visit this very cute village. Then drive clockwise around the Gorges du Loup - this is a very scenic drive. Visit Gourdon on the way around.

There are other nice villages & scenic drives in the area between Aix & Nice, but you won't have time for any more than this - perhaps you will need to miss a few of the stops I've described to get to your destinations on time.

I'm not a fan of Grasse - that's why I didn't mention it. Haute Cagnes is nice, but difficult to get to & more time consuming than the other villages.

This route (and others) is described more thoroughly in my 20+ page itinerary on Provence & Cote d'Azur that I hope you received earlier in this thread.

Head to the airport.

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Old Feb 16th, 2005, 10:04 AM
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I'd like to post my thanks to Stu Dudley for his many generous offerings and answers to questions with worthwhile information here on Fodor's. This one is a typical example.

I very much appreciate your time and effort, Stu!
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Old Feb 16th, 2005, 10:25 AM
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>>I very much appreciate your time and effort, Stu!<<

Thank you !!!

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Old Feb 25th, 2005, 02:47 PM
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Thanks for your commentary.

Any other hotel recommendations for St. Remy or Les Baux?
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Old Feb 25th, 2005, 03:34 PM
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Curious. How many times in Provence have the posters on this thread been?
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Old Feb 25th, 2005, 03:43 PM
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stu, how is the food at Entragagues, we are thinking of stayoing there befor we cross that bridge in Millou.
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In answer to cigalechanta, I have only been twice before(physically) and saw many larger cities and the French Riveria and Monaco. Spititually I visit often- ususally small inviting spaces where I can sit and think and watch the light and color. I am thrilled to be able to have use of a car this time. I will be looking for the small beauties I know to be there.
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Old Feb 25th, 2005, 03:58 PM
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you'll be back, I know.
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Old Feb 25th, 2005, 05:12 PM
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Stu, are you a writer, or professional travel person? you are impressive.
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Old Feb 26th, 2005, 08:10 AM
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Old Feb 26th, 2005, 10:59 AM
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We have travelled to Provence from Italy. We need to go back because I may find myself liking it better than Italy.
We were there only a few days and were tired.
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Old Feb 26th, 2005, 01:28 PM
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I booked a night at Entragagues. This is the first hotel in Provence that has charged us for parking in their garage ..10€
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Old Feb 26th, 2005, 09:39 PM
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Í have been to Provence once alone and a second time with children who plead to go back.
 
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Curious who else has visited more than once?
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Old Feb 27th, 2005, 12:46 PM
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Old Feb 27th, 2005, 02:16 PM
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Moi-mème, about a dozen times.
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Now I know who to compare notes with. I know grandmere and I like alot of the same places. I think I told her I bought the small beautiful cookbook by Elizebeth Bourgeoisof the Mas Tourteron.
We hope to return there this year for lunch.
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Our upcoming trip (Can't wait for March 15th) will be our second trip. How many trips before I become an expert? I will suffer for that status!!
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