Category France

Europe 2017 – Montpellier, Part Seven

November 8-11 We had a cup of coffee (a welcome change from the Nescafe packaged drink we bought each night at the market) in the breakfast room at Les Nevons before departing for Avignon and the train to Montpellier.  This all went smoothly, retracing our steps and the familiar sites taking much of the anxiety […]

Europe 2017 – Provence Part Six

November 2 – 7 Our last day in Provence would again focus on the countryside and small hill towns that dot the area.  Our first stop was the hilltop town of Gordes, the Luberon’s most impressively situated hill town.  In the 1960s this was a virtual ghost town of derelict buildings where locals led simple […]

Europe 2017 – Provence Part Five

November 2 – 7 We awoke the next morning having had a rough night’s sleep.  Something outside of our room made a loud banging noise, almost like metal on metal and the continual racket woke us without cease.  As we prepared to hit the road the next morning, we stopped at the front desk to […]

Europe 2017 – Provence Part Four

November 2 – 7 We had another full day ahead of us that Monday, so we didn’t waste much time in the morning, eating breakfast in the room, checking out of the Best Western and walking back to the Arles train station to ride up to Avignon and get the rental car from Hertz.  We […]

Europe 2017 – Provence Part Three

November 2 – 7 We left the Palace of the Popes and made our way, after a couple of stops to view places listed in the tour (Church of St. Pierre: The original walnut doors were carved in 1551, Place des Châtaignes: The cloister of St. Pierre, 15th-Century Building: With its original beamed eaves showing, […]

Europe 2017 – Provence Part Two

November 2 – 7 We arose early the next day and were out the door before the sun was up, although this late in the season it didn’t usually rise until well after 7am. On the way to the train station for our short trip up to Avignon we passed by stalls being set up […]

Europe 2017 – Provence Part One

November 2 – 7 Our plan for Provence was fairly simple and constrained by the relatively few days we had to explore this fairly large area of France.  We’d spend three nights in the town of Arles and then relocate not too far away in L’isle Sur-la-Sorgue for two nights before returning to Montpellier. We’d […]