Smell of Lavender and Taste of Olive Oil.. So ...is the Provence!
Les Baux de Provence - the friend who recommended me this city said it was an unnecessary trip, compared to the region or Gordes Gorges du Verdon. I decided to go anyway. On the road from Avignon to Les Baux, the amount of viewpoints and the view could already imagine what I expected. Getting there, hotels along the road and very cute town, a tiny town wedged in the mountains of limestone at the foot of the ruins of an ancient castle. The entrance to the castle is essential: there you will have one of the most beautiful and spacious than you can imagine!
I stayed at the Hotel de la Bevengudo and I point out strongly.
The room was very cozy, with a spa tub and a very good breakfast with croissants , jam and homemade yogurt.
Lavender Scent Soaps
Lavender Rose Petals
Lavender - Geranium
Palm Wild Lavender Soap
Lavender - Jasmine Soap
Lavender -Dead Sea Mud
Maussane-les-Alpilles - charming town that is 15 minutes from Les Baux.
It has a square, the Place of Monblan Joseph Laugier, which is delightful to take a sun, drinking a glass of ro's wine waiting for dinner at La Place, great restaurant that is right there.
Make reservations for auction! The city website is: Maussane.com Well nearby Fontvieille is a city where there is a mill, the
Moulin Alhonse Daudet, and St. Remy-de-Provence, a city where Van Gogh lived. I did not go in the latter, but the hint.
Arles - is a city much larger than previous ones. Has the Roman amphitheater surrounded by some pretty Ruizinh narrow and well. It is also worth visiting the Espace Van Gogh, the former hospice where the painter cut off his ear. Watch closely the garden that inspired the works for some is exciting!
Cassis - super charming, is very near Marseille. Cassis, from Porto leave the boats to meet the Calanques www.calanques13.com.
This tour is a must! It is very beautiful! Then exit the car and hit the road that called Route des Cretes. Has several lookouts to enjoy the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Stop at all, without haste. Then you can go to Ciutat, lunch on the Calanque Figuerolles . The place is very beautiful and quieter than the restaurants of the port in Cassis. I have not slept in Cassis, but when I return (I'll be back!), I'll stay a day or two there. There are great restaurants and shops, small shops! The site of the city is www.cassis.fr
Gorges du Verdon - leaving Mostiers towards La Palud (20 km), you have access to the road D 23 - Route des Cretes. It is a ring road which will take you to the best spots to observe the Verdon River canyon. It is twisty and demands attention. So let the wine for later! But the views are breathtaking and there is the slightest chance you'll regret it!
Loumarin - was the city I liked most in the Luberon Valley. Legal shops, great restaurants, pretty much the same! On the main street, you can see the first photo below, has a bit of everything: the truffle oil that shop are wonderful, the kitchen supply shop, the gift shop, which has articles of brands and La Marelle La Fiance du Mekong, which I mentioned in the post on the Marais, the Boulangerie which is delicious (try a sweet biscuit made with oil giant, which is very typical of the region), caf's!
At the Place de la Fontaine is a fantastic restaurant, Michel Ange! Do not let go, because it has one of the best dishes I've ever tasted: penne with vegetables (vegetables planted in Provence are not those bought in supermarkets here, remember that!) to white truffle oil! Just stay tuned to the times, because any day can turn a day off. The hotel we stayed, the Bastide de Lourmarin is very good: hotel-bastide.com.So, to clarify how much I liked this city back on the last day to sleep in the Hotel Bastide, and eat at the Boulangerie close the trip with a golden key!
Gordes - is also beautiful, but after Lourmarin was not easy to please me so much. The square of the film is not as busy as I expected, and the restaurant there, extremely expensive! In an alley near the square found a boulangerie that I ate a chocolate clair unforgettable! For dinner, Estaminet offers good dishes and a nice atmosphere!
General Tips 1. Travel by car and unhurried.
When thinking about for in a town that had not even heard, stop.
2. Buy local products: sachets of lavender, lavender soap, oils, fruits confit (candied fruit), bread and cheese.
3. Stay tuned for times and restaurant trade, because they generally close in the afternoon for 2 or 3 hours.
4. Find out in the tourism centers of cities on the days of open-air market in the region.
5. If you want to see fields of lavender flowers, set to go starting in June.
6. Follow the symbol of the most beautiful villages of France, just get the map of the Luberon, which is provided at the centers of tourism or the link - luberon-tourisme.com # hautcarte