Provence- A food and wine lovers dream

In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport. – Julia Child 

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I don’t know about you but when my family and I start planning a trip we typically start off by thinking about the food. My sister is in culinary school and did an apprenticeship at a resort in Greece over the summer. We decided to “meet her” in Provence when she was finished. The south of France has been on my travel list for while, as I am sure it is on many food lovers lists, and it did not disappoint. I wanted to stay forever. We managed to packed in a full itinerary,  eating and drinking to our hearts content. I was definitely not ready to leave after our quick week long trip. I will keep this a simple introductory post, with restaurant reviews, our cooking class and Lyon to come!

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Everyone tells you not to go to France in August because things tend to shut down and everyone goes on vacation. We went anyway. Yes, we had a day where nothing was open (not even the local grocery store, but it was Sunday) we made due and found a local pizza place in town that remained opened, it was actually excellent, and hey, you gotta stay flexible on vaca!  Other than that it was beautiful and maybe a little less crowded than it otherwise would have been. As with most of our trips, it consisted of aimlessly wondering through town exploring and eating.

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We stayed at an airbnb in Vedéne, a small town right outside of Avignon. It was quaint and off the beaten path, yet only 8km from the city Avignon. The house was amazing with a large deck, grill, hot tub and park in the backyard, and our host was friendly, helpful and even left us with a bottle of Vino!

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Places to eatLa Vache a Carreaux– 14 Rue Peyrollerie, 84000 Avignon, France

Marché les Halles d’Avignon- AMAZING Market right in the center of town.

Guide to Local Markets

Things to do – The Popal palace or Palais des Papes in French.

Walk the Pont Saint-Bénézet, the midevil unfinished bridge.

Venture to Calangues at Cassis- a must see beach town

Hike Gorges du verdon– visit moustiers sainte-marie

Saint Remy de provence- roman ruins and van gogh

Where to drink

Chuteauneuf du-pape– most famous wine in rhone valley, saint cosmes & gigondas. Amazing area even to simply drive through. Sprawling vineyards as far as the eye can see speckled with charming wineries, small (and some very large).

Favorite winery we tried- Caveau Bureaux

Best service winery- Clus Saint Michel

Tavel – region north of Avignon across from the Rhone river from Chuteauneuf known for Rosé. In fact this region is the “Champagne” or “Bourdeau” of Rosé.

Distillary- A. Blachére, the distillar was behind the counter giving samples of unique cordials, liqueurs, and more. I highly recommend the Lavender.

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