The post-Cannes trip in France continues for just another day before heading back to NYC...so, for anyone considering a trip to Provence, I offer a couple of highlights from the recent trip to the South of France.
After visiting a number of local towns and villages (including Apt, Avignon, Cavaillon, Gordes, L'Isle-sur-la Sorgue, Nimes, Roussillon, San Remy de Provence, the highlight is without a doubt Lourmarin (pictured, right), a place where a few hours wandering the narrow streets or hanging out in a cafe is truly relaxing. I could have spent much more time there just chilling out. On the day I visited, it wasn't as overrun with toursits as some of the other more popular Provencal towns. The other highlight was a visit to Roussillon, with its ocre buildings that give the whole village a stunning glow.
Places to eat and drink: La Caveau du Theatre in Avignon (16, rue des Trois Faucons, 04 90 82 60 91) for an adventuresome dinner that will offer surprising tastes; Le Moulin in L'Isle-sur-la Sorgue (Porte de Bouigas - Quartier du Bassin, 04 90 20 97 50), a funky place with tagines and tasty couscous dishes; La Cour auz Saveurs, a new chocolate shop in L'Isle-sur-la Sorgue (04 90 21 53 91) run by a friendly young couple. And also, Bistro Le France in Apt (67 Place de la Bouquerie, 04 90 74 22 01) for an all around well done Provencal lunch with a variety of options on a daily fixed price menu. And on the day we went, you could listen to the piped in Coldplay in the main town square. Finally, a plug for the Wednesday outdoor market in San Remy de Provence that takes over the town. [I have a few more to add, but need to dig up the info]