vendredi, juin 25, 2010

provence

Hello bloggers! I'm looking for some advice out there, especially from you guys down south ;-)

My Mom is coming to visit in October and we decided to run off somewhere together. Since neither of us has really explored Provence we're heading that direction. We'll probably be there 2 or 3 full days and are looking for a recommended B&B (not too pricey hopefully) and possibly a half day or full day cooking class (in English) and any other recommendations for the Avignon/Aix area!

We're looking to stay more inland and avoid the coastal part but other than that any ideas or thoughts would be very welcome!!

Edit: We ended up staying at the Ralenti du Lierre which was fabulous!!! Run by an adorable couple (one of whom spoke quite good English) with spacious clean and beautiful rooms with a huge freshly made breakfast. Several of the nights we were the only ones there and they made us feel so at home giving us suggestions for the BEST restaurants I've ever eaten at in the area! I'd go back in a heartbeat!

We had booked a cooking class but 2 days before the woman called to say that the chef running the class had to be rushed to the hospital so it was canceled and too late to get another one. But that's ok, we ate so well at the restaurants we pretended we had cooked it ;-)

8 commentaires:

Megan a dit…

Ooh, have fun! I love Avignon and Arles. Hmm, can't think of any good B&B though, we just stayed in hotels rooms in the city centers, off-season.

Dedene a dit…

If I had an excuse, I'd go there too. Good luck finding a nice B&B. Check out Deedee at http://deedeeinfrance.blogspot.com/2010/06/today-is-last-day-of-school-for-my-6th.html

She lives in Provence somewhere.

meredith a dit…

I'll work on some suggestions...

megan a dit…

Check www.wineinprovence.com for great cooking classes/wine tastings in Aix! My friends Hilary and Brian own and run the company, and they are wonderful! They may be able to give suggestions on a B & B as well.

L a dit…

For sightseeing around Avignon, Pont du Gard is not too far. There's also Les Baux de Provence, Le moulin de Daudet at Fontvieille, les Antiques at Glanum, and Beaucaire and Tarascon (sister towns). I would highly recommend the Alipilles area around Baux. It's just really gorgeous and it's the kind of place where you can stumble on Roman ruins that no one pays any attention to. As for a BB and cooking classes, I think the Office de Tourism will have more info.

MilkJam a dit…

Thanks all you guys for the recommendations so far! If you hear of anything else we're just in the beginning stages of planning stuff so just keep me in the back of your mind if something cool pops up! thanks again!

meredith a dit…

A friend's brither and sister in law run this place:

http://www.lavilladeschefs.com/

great for cooking classes in aix-en-provence. For B&B's, I know of some good ones in La Barben, Lambesc, Pélissanne...but that would be about 30 minutes from the cooking villa.

MilkJam a dit…

Thanks Meredith!

Their site is all in French so I emailed to see if they offered any classes in English (mom doesn't speak French). In the meantime if you do have some good b&b ideas I'd love to have them just in case :-)