Instagram made me do it.
Until this Summer, I’d never had Provence high on my ‘wishlist’ of places to visit, but with the last two weeks of July blocked out in our calendars as ‘holiday’ and yet with no trip booked, Charlie and I made a last minute decision to go to the South of France. We’d seen the beautiful villages of Provence appearing on our instagram feeds, (mostly blaming you, Julia!) and with such a short flight, just an hour and a half to Avignon from London City, it seemed to be the perfect place for a last minute trip.
We were away for 9 days in total, but thanks to the beauty of every single place we visited, I have far too many images for one post, so i’m going to break it down based on the different parts of our trip. We flew to Avignon which is in the heart of the Provincial region, and picked up a car. We were offered a ‘free upgrade’ to a bigger car, which we happily accepted, but my first tip for visiting Provence? Get a car as small as possible! The roads are narrow and bumps and scratches are ominous when driving a 4×4! We soon regret our decision to upgrade…
Our first three nights were spent in a beautiful village called L’Isle Sur La Sorgue, a 40 minute drive from Avignon it was a typical Provincial village with canals streaming through the centre, owing to it’s nickname of the ‘Venice of Provence’. Famous for its antiques, the town was filled with rustic stores with the most beautiful French antiquities, Charlie and I enjoyed browsing through the stores and stopping for delicious charcuteries during the long golden hour. Our accommodation was perfect. We stayed in an Air B&B; looking for the most affordable option to kick off our 9 day holiday. We stumbled upon Marlyse’s ‘loft’ in the centre of the village while browsing the website and instantly fell in love with the apartment upon arrival. Marlyse showed us into the converted convent apartment, built in the 1500’s – now an instagrammable and stylish loft style space right in the heart of the town.
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We would spend hours walking through the beautiful town and stumble upon narrow paths that would lead us to hidden antique stores, cafes that only the locals know about, and incredible restaurants. For our first evening, we booked a table at Jardin du Quai after being recommended it by Marlyse, and it was exactly what we had been craving. A four course set menu starting with a light gazpacho and including a delicious steak dish, we enjoyed our meal in the beautiful garden courtyard as the fairy lights twinkled above our heads. At just €45 per head for the set menu we felt that it was excellent value, and a super experimental menu making the best use of the local produce.
More postcards from Provence coming very soon!