Post # 1
Hoping someone has some experience with some of these towns or suggestions. We are cruising Europe in august and only have one day in the port of Marseilles. There are so many options and they all sound great! Worst nightmare for an indecisive person! Any advice on the following options/towns would be great. What would you do?
– Avignon, point du gard, palace of popes
– Arles and Aix en Provence
– just Aix en Provence
– Arles and St Remy
– provence: Roussillon, Gordes
if any are not worth seeing or definitely awesome I’d like to know any and all experiences!, thanks so much!
Post # 2
LOVED the pope’s palace in Avignon! So majestic. I felt like I was inside a movie!
Post # 3
- Wedding: February 2015 - Hotel Phillips
I just got back from my honeymoon! We spent the whole month of July in France.
You MUST do Provence/Roussillon and Gordes. Make sure you visit the Abbaye Senanques while you’re there. I can send you some pictures but it’s absolutely stunning.
Marseilles is one of the dirtiest, graffiti-covered cities I’ve ever been to. I will never go back willingly.
Aix-en-Provence is great if you like shopping. We stayed in that city for a week and did day trips out. It’s where the French seem to vacation. Not many english-speakers but the atmosphere is good. Mostly shopping in the actual city.
Post # 4
I’ve been to St Remy and Gordes many times and highly recommend both (we were going to name our future daughter Remy even). They are both easy to navigate smaller towns. There is a farmers market in Gordes that is fun and the views are incredible. Avignon is a decent bigger town option, but I have never been interested to stay for more than a day trip. Not a fan of Marseilles or Aix.
Post # 5
I was in Aix-en-Provence for 5 months in college. There’s some shopping and a lot of great restaurants. The Cours Mirabeau has some nice ones but try exploring a bit more into the city as there are good ones hidden away. Make sure to go to the Musee Granet if you like art, it’s small but I loved it. The Cathedral is also a must see especially if you’re into architecture as there are so many different styles. Make sure you walk up to Cezanne’s house, it’s a good experience and there are nice views from up there too. If you like to hike I would definitely recommend going up Sainte-Victoire, although I never got the chance when I was there. I was too busy sitting in cafes with a coffee and wandering around the Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday markets 🙂
Marseilles is an interesting city, although I have only been there for a couple of day trips. Bouillabaise was invented there so you should walk along the harbor and choose one of the restaurants there to try it.
Rousillon is gorgeous geography-wise. There’s a nice walk you can take on the Ochre Path to look at some of the different colors that the soil has.
If you can go to L’Isle sur la Sorgue on a Sunday you should! They’ve got a big market then and lots of shops and restaurants on the water. It’s very small and very interesting.
Have a great trip!