As promised, here is the other section of my trip planning post. You've already been so helpful in Paris - thank you! While I've been to Paris many times before, I've really not explored much outside of the city. I played at a festival in Giverny a few years back and therefore saw that area and also did short trips to Le Havre and smaller nearby towns for performances. I've never been to Bourgogne, Lyon, or anywhere in the Luberon or Provence. My fiance and I have decided that we will do a kind of line, either up or down, of these places. From what I have gathered, weekends are a tricky situation, which is why we are planning to leave Paris in the morning on Saturday, 4/20 (we arrive in Paris on Saturday, 4/13, giving us a good week in the city). I am a little hazy on which place outside of Paris would be the best to go to over the weekend and also in general, how to divvy up the days. We were thinking of returning to Paris on 4/27 or 28 and spending the last few days back there before returning home to New York.
We are planning to rent a car. We will take a train to the first stop (guessing either Beaune or Avignon) and then rent a car from there.
- Are two days sufficient here?
- As I mentioned in my Paris post, we are in the process of contacting vineyards through our favorite wine shop here in NYC and will set up firm appointments once we have our itinerary set down.
- Should we base ourselves in Beaune? A smaller village? My absolute favorite in Bourgogne for wine is Morey St. Denis, but does it make better sense to stay in a bigger area and either walk or drive to the smaller villages?
- I am definitely interested in trying Ma Cuisine and it is on my list. As for the other meals, from reading previous posts, La Cabotte, La Ruchotte (perhaps a good Sunday afternoon/evening spot?), Lameloise, Loiseau des Vignes, Caveau des Arches, and Bissoh all sound interesting to me. Which of these would you choose if you had to? I am not quite sure how pricing is on each of them. I did see that Lameloise does a prix fixe 150E, but wasn't sure on the rest of them. I think we'd want to do one nicer dinner, one more casual, cozy dinner, and then whatever else you recommend.
- Any recommendations on boulangerie/patisserie here?
- As far as wine bars, I read about Part des Anges
- Again, is one day sufficient here or should we spend two days?
- Boulangerie/Patisserie recommendations? I heard about L'Epiaison,
- If we stay two nights, we'd probably follow the same formula as Bourgogne: one nicer dinner, one more casual and cozy one. Restaurants that are on my radar so far are Daniel et Denise, Paul Bocuse, Bouchon des Filles, Leon de Lyon, Potager des Halles. How is pricing for two with a bottle of wine? Any musts?
- Bernachon will certainly get a visit.
- Is the outdoor market on Sunday afternoon?
- From the strong recommendations by Parigi and mangeur, we are considering going to Bonnieux. We are also considering Avignon and maybe Aix-en-Provence. Are there any recommendations on how to spend 3 - 5 days in this area? Should we do just one town or do two? How many days would you recommend? My lean is going towards Bonnieux and Avignon, but I'm not sure. We will most likely have a car, so I am trying to figure out where would be a good place to base ourselves. I read that Avignon is not so good with a car. Suggestions?
- In late April, what can I expect to eat here? What are the specialties of the area?
- From Kurtis' amazingly detailed and wonderful report, I am considering having one meal at L'Arome.
- My research in this area is yet incomplete and I am still working and reading up on it. I wanted to get the post up now, however, so am leaving this part a little sketchier than I'd like.
I know this is a lot. Thank you so much in advance for all of your incredible advice, both advice that I've already gotten from reading all previous posts, and advice that is forthcoming.