This week I will continue revisiting the five week European holiday that my husband and I took in October, 2017. A week in Provence with our dear friends was another highlight of our trip. Our time there was absolutely heavenly; the weather was perfect, high 70s and sunny, the pace was slow and relaxing, and the food, bien sur, was fabulous.
One of our favorite meals was at Le 46, a Michelin rated restaurant on a quiet side street in Avignon. We ate at several other restaurants that also had delicious food including, Le Teston in Gordes, Le Terrail in Bonnieix and La Passerelle in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
We stopped for an afternoon aperitif at La Renaissance in Gordes, where the restaurant scenes in the film “A Good Year” were filmed.
Bien sur, there are many things to do and see in Provence besides enjoying the amazing, and affordably priced restaurants. There are castles, cathedrals, Roman ruins, wineries, medieval villages, shops, street markets, antique shops, and so many other things to do and see. The street market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorge is a lively and bustling market to visit with a wide variety of items to purchase, including food, flowers, linens, kitchen items, local art, and so much more.
It’s a beautiful village situated along the Sorgue river and is famous for its antique shops.
Provence is a large area with many cities, town and villages. Do some research before you go to determine what area you would like to focus on visiting. I advise renting a car, since many of the small towns are not accessible by bus or train.
We have always found the people in Provence to be warm, welcoming, helpful, and patient with our limited French. Spending only one week there was not nearly enough time to experience it’s magical beauty, but who knows, maybe one day we’ll live there! J’espere!