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On today’s episode Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Denise Tham from Canada about her 10-day honeymoon in Provence. The newlyweds stayed in Avignon, visited Arles, the Pont du Gard, Uzès, drove around the the Petit Lubéron (where they found a lovely bed & breakfast listed below), and ended in Marseille.
How to Plan Your Honeymoon in Provence
Listening to this episode will make your own honeymoon planning much easier because Denise did the hard work: she found great accommodations, great restaurants and she even figured out the best way to get around in Provence!
Transportation in Provence
Provence is tricky because there are places you can't get to without a car. And yet there are times when having a car in Provence makes everything difficult because there is nowhere to park!
Denise and her husband used a combination of train and car rental, which is the best way to proceed. You definitely don't want to hold on to your rental car in large cities in Provence because parking will drive you nuts!
On the other hand, parking in small Provençal villages in late September / early October wasn't an issue. The key is to plan ahead and book your rental in advance because last-minute car rentals cost a fortune in France!
Is Marseille worth a Visit?
In this episode we also discuss the age-old question: is Marseille a good place to visit in Provence? This conversation starts 35 minutes into the episode, but to summarize, we both think Marseille is a wonderful place if moving around multi-cultural environment feels natural to you.
What if You Don’t Want to Use Airbnb?
More and more people are weary of using Airbnb. Denise found great places to rent through Booking. To find the gems, go to this page, then scroll down and on the left you'll see a lot of criteria, including Apartments, Villas, Hostels, and price range. It's worth mentioning because a lot of people don't know it's a possibility!
Provence Accommodations Recommendations
Denise’s husband is a chef, so they paid attention to restaurants and have great recommendations for lovely places to eat.
La Fourchette and L'Agape in Avignon
Lunch and L'Occitane Spa at La Maison d'Uzes
Bistrot le 5 in Menerbes
Le Petit Cabanon and Le Bistro du Cour in Marseille
Click play to listen or if you'd rather read our conversation click on transcript. You'll also find Denise's notes by visiting the guest notes.
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Discussed in this Episode
- Pont du Gard
- Petit Lubéron
- Chateau de Lacoste and the Marquis de Sade
- Sentier des Ocres
- Le Colorado Provençal
- Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseille
- Le Panier in Marseille
- La Savonnerie de la Licorne in Marseille
- Cour Julien in Marseille (better restaurants than near the port!)
- Is Marseille a nice city to visit? Un Petit Cabanon restaurant in Marseille
- Bistro le 5 in Ménerbes
- Le Clos les Eydins
- Volver restaurant in Uzès
- Nuit Blanche
- La Maison d'Uzès and La Table d'Uzès
- La Fourchette
- Pass "La Liberté" in Arles
- Hiring a professional photographer