One of my college roommates is visiting us, and one of his priorities was to see Provence. A very good priority, don’t you think? And as I’d never been down there, we were happy to take in a new part of France.
So last Friday we took the morning TGV (the fast train) to Avignon, rented a car and toured around, taking in a number of the towns: St. Remy, Les Baux, Gordes, Sur la Sourge, and Roussillon. We stopped in at the twelfth century Sénanque Abbey and visited a Roman bridge, that at 2,002 years old, made the abbey seem like a recent establishment.
There’s no shortage of villages to tour in Provence, but we only saw a handful of them–which means we’ll have to get back there someday.
We spent our first night at the Château de la Gabelle, now a hotel and restaurant near Ferrassières.
We ended our next day of touring in Arles and toured the Roman sites there (an amphitheater, theater, and forum) and saw where Van Gogh had done some painting.
Three short days in Provence were hardly enough. I can see why Peter Mayle spent a year there…