My wife and I will be traveling to France from Toronto in early October. We’ll be in Paris for two nights staying at a hotel in the 9th. Then have an apartment with a kitchen in Bonnieux for six nights.
We are in our 30s. Have never been to Paris together. And neither of us have been to the Luberon before.
I've done a good deal of research including following this board for the past several months. Special thanks to all the regulars here for sharing their incredible wealth of knowledge and making this part of the trip so enjoyable.
Could just use a bit of help on a few points before finalizing our itinerary.
Here's the current plan:
Arrive late afternoon. Check into hotel.
Cocktail(s)on rue Frochot at Dirty Dick, Lulu White and/ or Glass.
Ideal for our first dinner would be a traditional or "trad-neo" bistro along the lines of Le Bon Georges, Bistro Belhara, La Bourse et la Vie or Bistrot Paul Bert.
Given those will all be closed we're leaning towards no reservations at Le Mary Celeste or Relais du la Venise (I'm craving steak frites).
Other options we should consider? Proximity to the 9th would be a bonus but we don't mind going further afield if worthwhile.
Explore Paris by foot.
Ham sandwiches and lemon crepes at Chez Alain Miam Miam in Marché des Enfants Rouge.
Cocktails at Mabel Rhum Bar on way to dinner at Pierre Sang Oberkampf.
Acquire supplies for a train picnic along Rue des Martyrs.
TGV to Avignon.
Drive to Bonniuex with stop at Maison Gouin on the way.
Dinner at L'Arome.
Hike to Lacoste in the morning.
Driving tour with possible stops in Gordes and Rousillon in the afternoon.
Aix markets in the morning.
Lunch at Le MilleFeuille.
Dinner in or something casual in Bonnieux.
Lourmarin market in morning.
Visit a couple of Cucuron, Cadenet, Perthuis, Ansouis and/ or Val Joanis Vineyard garden on way back.
Dinner at La Bartavelle.
Apt market in morning.
Check out Saignon.
L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue antique market in the morning (if we have time).
Lunch at L'Atelier Jean-Luc Rabanel in Arles.
Light dinner at apartment.
I've tried not to over book and leave some meals free. We definitely want to be able to eat things that look good when we stumble upon them. And prepare some meals ourselves with what we find in the markets.
Other places we have on our list as possible fill ins include La Bastide de Marie, Bastide de Capalongue/ Le Bergerie (probably only for a drink), Le petite Cave and Ferme Auberge Le Castelas (appears not be an option based on last report).
Any insights or comments would be greatly appreciated. Something we're missing that we shouldn't? Logistical advice?
Look forward to reporting back.
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