Travel Tuesday

by - May 30, 2017

Provence, France

                                       Photo: Fodors Travel

Last summer my husband and I visited Provence, France for all of maybe eight hours.  I know crazy!  How could we spend such a small amount of time in such a beautiful place?  Trust me it was magical and incredibly frustrating (that we had to leave) all in one.  Provence is famous for its lavender fields and production and we didn't get to roam the fields (as I imagined in my dreams).  We were on a cruise with my family (mom, dad and brother) where we visited seven, or eight European cities.  The above picture does not really reflect what we saw of Provence and I was left with a feeling of NEEDING to return.

We visited the city called Aix-en-Provence, which is gothic and gorgeous, lively and soulful, it just gave me that story-book feeling.  It is full of French history and surrounded by beautiful architecture.  My husband had the most amazing ratatouille dish topped with a quail egg at a local restaurant and it was out of this world.  The city is full of local and international shops as well as flower markets, wine shops and tons of fresh produce markets.  

We bought, from what I remember, six bottles off wine.  The cruise allows two bottles of alcohol or maybe it wine (please don not quote me on this statement) to be brought on board after a visit a shore, so we really took advantage of that.  





When we had to get back on the bus I did not want to leave.  The only thing good about the bus ride was the view of the country side on our way back to the port.  I am planning our return to Provence and I can see a vacation in the future where my husband and I either spend a week at a villa like this; Villa Baullieu or an Airbnb like this; Chambre Indep and exploring the countryside of Provence, wine tasting and enjoying endless lavender fields.  I found this website that offers a couple very interesting looking lavender field tours; Lavender Field Tours and this one; Provence Tours


I can not wait to get back to Provence sometime in the near future and would love to hear from anyone who has been there and can share their own experiences. 

Sharon

P.S. I apolgize for the low quality of the pictures.  They were taken last year on an older IPhone before I had thought of sharing them on a blog.


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