I was asked the other day of what my favourite place in the region of Provence France is. Now I have been to Marseille, lived in Nice for a year, but the first time I fell in love with this unique and brilliant country was in the Vaucluse department and the departments that border it, including Languedoc-Roussillon and Drôme. However I do keep missing the month of July which I am told is the most beautiful because of the blooming lavender. I thought that I would share my favourite places with all of you.
Take a train and start out in Nimes, France for a day of shopping and some roman architecture with La Maison Curée and Les Arènes de Nîmes.
Take a drive to Le Pont du Gard a famous roman aqueduct to enjoy a picnic lunch and explore some great lookouts. If it is a hot day you might even dare going for a swim in the river.
Then mid-afternoon go into Avignon to see Le Palais des Pâpes and have a coffee at La Place de l’horloge or go for a walk in the park.
If you enjoy nightlife, Avignon has a University and you could stop into some of the pubs or bars to meet some locals.
Start you day with a walk around the small village of Le Barroux, a picnic at Lac du Paty before continuing the drive up the famous Mont Ventoux, well known for The Tour of France.
I hope today ends up being a Sunday on the trip and you get to start the day early going to the market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
Then get back in the car and go the 8km to La Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.
Take a walk along the river, stopping along the way to enjoy the deep green water. If you’re lucky crêpe vendors can help you with your dire Nutella cravings before you continue on.
Next take a trip to Gordes. Enjoy the scenery as you go but especially the picturesque view of the city as you see it from the perfect angle. Small tourist shops, local artists, and old French cobblestone streets. If you still have time in your day check out Lacoste where you will find the castle ruines now owned by Pierre Cardin, French designer and artist. You will know it is his castle based on the sculptures built beside it.