Reasons to visit Provence
- The wine is cheaper than water. (2 Euros for a glass of wine, 2.50 Euros for a small bottle of mineral water at the Papal Palace in Avignon today).
- The wine is really good. And the tasting at a vineyard - a cave - is free!
- Food is taken extremely seriously; a lunch break lasts for two hours. So although this means that all the tourist information centres are closed from 12 - 2 for lunch, the markets are excellent, and most shops are open until 6.30 pm.
- The weather is amazing - in September, its warm, almost hot, in the middle of the day, but pleasant and comfortable by 4 pm.
- Although English is spoken infrequently, pidgin Franglais is common. So if you speak 'un peu Francais' and your communicator speaks 'a little English', it seems to work okay.
- There's plenty of hiking and cycling, but as no village is more than around 10 km from another, you are never too far from excellent food and wine.
|The Papal Palace, Avignon. Image from Wikipedia - unable to post my own image due to technical issues with wifi and camera!|