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16 Days in Provence and the proposed Itinerary and Restaurants


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16 Days in Provence and the proposed Itinerary and Restaurants

catfur | Jul 2, 2011 01:49 AM

What began as another fanciful 2 week exploration of restaurants, boulangeries and patisseries in Paris with a 2 or 3 day excursion to Avignon next spring has evolved into a 16 day tour of Provence at the end of October and 2 or 3 days in Paris, such was the persuasive power of the advice, opinions and descriptions of the regular contributors to this site. Thank you all.

Like many who initially propose a dining itinerary around Provence, I found myself planning an extensive tour of the region as well as a very substantial lunch and dinner every day, but realized such an undertaking would require more time driving and transporting ourselves rather than experiencing Provence and might eventually diminish the enjoyment of savoring both the meals and the memories of them as well. We still may be trying to see, do and eat too much so hope to hear if the proposed itinerary seems too ambitious. Trying to start slowly and alternating with either a light lunch and full dinner, or substantial lunch and a light dinner when possible.

Day 1 Arrive in Avignon early evening after long travel day
Dinner - Le Petit Peche? for something light.
Sleeping in Avignon

Day 2 Tour Avignon
Lunch - Shop Les Halles Market for picnic.
Dinner - Cuisine du Dimanche (specialty is either roast chicken or scallops which is probably all we can manage this first day)
Sleeping in Avignon

Day 3 Rhone wine tour from Avignon (We'll have a rental car from here on)
Viason la Romaine till winery and tastings, Cairanne, Gigondas, Chateauneuf du Pape
Lunch- L'Oustalet in Gigondas
Dinner - Le Cinq Sens, L'Isle Sonnante or a suggestion
Sleeping in Avignon

Day 4 See Apt on Market day, then Bonnieux in the afternoon
Lunch-Auberge de Castelas in Sivergue (and if weather predicted good, sw it to dinner and get lunch from the market stalls or follow our noses to a bistro in Apt)
Dinner- Restaurant Pont Julien? hope someone is familiar with it. the lunch at Castelas sounds so substantial may just be able to handle a soup and salad
Sleeping in Bonnieux

Day 5 l'Isle sur la Sorge (Sunday market day) Fontaine de Vaucluse (Le Thor if time permits) and stopping at Domaine de la Citedelle in Menebes to look at some corkscrews and pick up a bottle
L - Le Vieux Bistro in Cabrieres d'Avignon
D - Possibly dining in at Le Clos du Buis ((if enough guests ask)
Sleeping in Bonnieux

Day 6 Lourmarin, Jardins du Val Joanis, Ansouis and or Cucuron as time permits
L- Restaurant Du Lac (near Pertuis) or La Ansouis
D-La Bartavelle in Goult (Two big meals but sometimes you just have to suffer)
Sleeping in Bonnieux

Day 7 Gordes (Tuesday Market Day) Abbaye de Senanque, Roussillon
This also is All Saints Day Do the markets operate then? and will have to ck w restaurants
L-Auberge de la Loube in Buoux if closed today will flip flop day 6 and day 7
D-L'Arome in Bonnieux (late celebration 43rd anniversary- really late it was back in June)
Sleeping in Bonnieux

Day 8 Saint Remy (Wed Market Day) Glanum, Les Baux,
L- Bistro du Paradou or La Place in Maussane-les-Alpilles help!
D- Sous les Micocouliers in Eygalieres
Probably Sleeping in Eygalieries so we don't have to drive after dinner

Day 9 Pont du Gard, Uzes
L- prefer Uzes or nearby still researching
D- pending big or light meal at lunch
Sleeping in Arles

Day 10 Open to explore then returning the rental car
L-L'Affenage in Arles
D- Tempted to select either L'Atellier or Le Cilantro but hoping to discover a not so thoroughly reviewed establishment and at least attempt to explore
Sleeping in Arles

Day 11 Arles (Sat Market Day)
probably too full from Market grazing for a sit down lunch but will give it a try
L-Jardin des Arts (decent salads?)
Sleeping in Arles

Day 12 Nimes
Sleeping in Arles

I'm still doing research and will update the open meals but I really want to get your suggestions and recommendations.

Day 13-16 Staying with friends in Montpellier, (they're vegetarians) Since they're familiar with many of the establishments and dine "Provence" I'm considering taking them to
Les jardins de Marrakech in Montpellier. We occasionally choose to dine at one or another Moroccan restaurant here in the San Francisco bay area because of the completely relaxed atmosphere, the wonderful aromas and the alternating and so very interesting hot then cold then spicy then sweet (especially fond of the bstillam then the main couscous and tangine courses. I love a restaurant that gives you a bathtowel for your napkin! Anyone know this place and is it okay? And if by chance the weather is lovely, perhaps treat them to lunch or dinner seaside, in Sete or Aigues-Mortes as well. Any suggestions there?

And I thank everyone in advance and only hope my trip report can inspire others half as much as Kurtis' report did me.

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