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I will be travelling to Provence, France in a couple of months and will have 2 weeks there. Ideas on what to do?

Asked by Rarebear (21075 points ) May 23rd, 2010

We have books, and have lots of places written down, but what are some of your favorite places to visit in the area? Also, we have a week in Paris.

Of note, we have a 9 year old, so activities need to be somewhat tempered for that age group.

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jeanmay's avatar

If you’re in Paris in July/August there is a fun fair in the Tuileries gardens, which would be great for a nine year old. The gardens are very central and close to many other attractions such as the Louvre, so you could kill two or three birds with one stone!

tragiclikebowie's avatar

EAT EVERYTHING

perspicacious's avatar

I haven’t been there, but I have ordered several tablecloths from there. If you like French Country linens, you are going to the right place.

susanc's avatar

Go to Grasse and breathe in the scent of all the flowers they grow there in the Perfume Capital of the World.

Rarebear's avatar

@susanc Thanks. My wife will enjoy that. Sadly, I’m mostly anosmic.

The_Idler's avatar

Toulouse, Carcassonne, Perpignan, Narbonne, Montpelier at least are all nice towns as far as I can remember. I’ve heard Marseille is pretty shit.

Also, the Milau Bridge. It’s mental.

Oh and Nimes has some cool Roman stuff in and check out this aquaduct….

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@tragiclikebowie had my answer: Eat.

Rarebear's avatar

@The_Idler Thanks! I have read about the aquaduct, and I’ve seen pictures of that bridge.
@CyanoticWasp and @tragiclikebowie Yes, eating is planned.

The_Idler's avatar

A couple of years ago we stayed in a nice little place called Cairanne, not far out of Orange.

Chilled white wine, selections of meats & cheeses, bread dipped in olive oil & balsamic vinegar and Mediterranean salads combined really well with the view from the dinner table.

Almost as nice as Tuscany!

RocketGuy's avatar

Pont du Gard – been there! It is a must see from an aesthetic and engineering point of view.

We really liked Avignon. People there were really nice. Very mellow style.

RocketGuy's avatar

Aix en Provence is a beautiful town. We saw them actually washing down their buildings to brighten them up. It was too expensive, though. We left after 1 night. Turns out they are the Beverly Hills of Provence. Went back to Avignon, which has its own charms.

Arles has an active bullfighting ring. There was a gory picture of a goring there recently, on Yahoo news.

RocketGuy's avatar

Quiz: The city of Nimes is the origin of a famous type of fabric. What was it?

mattbrowne's avatar

Yes, Aix en Provence is great too !

jeanmay's avatar

Yes yes, Aix en Provence!

@RocketGuy Argh that goring was horrible!

RocketGuy's avatar

Yes! It was a very soft, yet durable cloth. The fabric was called Serge de Nimes, or when pronounced in ‘merican: denim.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

What do I win?!

RocketGuy's avatar

A pat on the back. Since I am not there to do it myself, go ahead and pat yourself on the back.

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