Hello, we just came back from a week in Provence to spend a little break before I start work next week..woohoo finally back to work!
We decided to explore the south of France this time as our mini holiday. We had an amazing time, and honestly 6 days were too short as they are plenty of villages and things to see. Well for this post I will just share the highlights of the trip and let the picture do all the talking 🙂
We arrived by train from Paris to Lyon and pick up our rental car to start our journey.
Lyon is famous for its bouchon, which is the local bistro Lyonnaise style. They are very affordable with lunch menu starting from around 15 euros for a 4 course menu. We stop at Chez Mournier in rue des Marronniers for a typical Lyonnaise food.
After a good lunch we then started our little adventure in Provence and here are the highlights!
View from Grignan, too bad it’s not the season of the lavender yet. It would be nice seeing rows and rows of purple fields
Beautiful amazing ancient roses
Grignan was a really nice village, filled with beautiful roses everywhere and they are well-known for their ancient roses variety dating back before 1814. They have nice little pathway and a château on top of the hill.
Palais des Papes, where the papacy was held before moving back to Rome, 7 popes resided here.
We had a quick stop at Avignon to see the Palais des Papes and the famous bridge. Unfortunately we were too late to get into the palais so we had a walk in the city and enjoy the scenery instead.
Vaison la-Romaine, where you can find both a roman archeological site and a medieval village
Visited some wineries in Beaume de Venice region, famous for it’s sweet dessert wine
Saturday means farmer’s market day in provence and the village of Uzes turned into the biggest farmer’s market. Plenty of things to see and buy. We end up having a picnic by the river after all the shopping.
It was the perfect weather for a picnic and we found such a beautiful picnic spot.
Pont Du Gard, this is the marvel of Roman’s engineering, it’s almost 2000 years old and still standing tall
I think you shouldn’t miss Pont du Gard if you ever visit south of France, it is breathtaking! Something to get you thinking as well how amazing is it that people in the olden days are so advance in so many ways.
Lac de Sainte Croix
So after visiting a village called Moustier which is famous for its pottery we went and visited the lake before heading out to see the Gorges du Verdon which is a 700 m canyon.
Picturesque Gordes in Luberon region
Last but not least this is pretty much most of the cities in south of France looks like, villages on top of a hill with its medieval chateau or a beautiful church on top. However Gordes is so breathtaking as you get to see it full panoramic view before you get into the village. These are only some of our highlights, it was one amazing holiday, can’t wait to explore the rest of France as each and every place we visited were all unique in their own way.
I feel very blessed to be able to have this experience and I hope we will be able to preserve it for our future generations.