Out of the 3 areas we visited in France, Provence was by far my favorite. Provence is just stunning, and if you saw any of my instagram posts while I was there, you can see why. So many unique towns with so much history and charm.
We got to Provence from Paris by train. It was about a 2 hour train ride, which went surprisingly fast. It was fun to see the countryside, and I knew we were getting close to Avignon when I started to see sunflower fields.
We rented a car from the Avignon train station to get around Provence. You NEED to rent a car if you're going to that area. There are so many places to see, and public transportation is very limited. Some of my favorite moments were just driving around, looking at the beautiful scenery and stumbling upon the cutest little towns.
Our first stop was Gordes, a village built of stone building along a cliff. I've never seen anything like it before- incredible!
In Gordes, we spent all day and night relaxing- eating, drinking wine, and reading. We rented an Airbnb with a patio, where we ate all of our meals. Bottles of wine were no more than 10 euros and the quality is so high, so you kinda have to drink 2 a day, right?
About a 20 minute drive away from Gordes is Rousillion, an ochre-red village. We spent an afternoon there at the market, and walking through the ochre quarries.
Loumarin, although not on a hill, was probably my favorite town in Provence. It has a Medieval castle and is surrounded by sunflower fields, olive trees, and grape vines. We only stayed for one night but I wish we stayed longer.
We visited Apt just to go to the Saturday farmer's market. The market is HUGE!! All of the narrow, curvy streets are lined with market stalls- it literally takes over the whole town. So much fun getting lost in the market craziness!
For my birthday, we went to Beaumes de Venise and had an amazing behind the scenes experience with a wine maker. Luckily, this was during harvest so we were able to see the process from grape to glass. In Beaumes de Venise, they're famous for the Muscat wine. I'm not usually a sweet wine drinker, but I gotta tell ya, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise makes a fabulous aperitif on a warm summer day. The 4x4 ride we went on through the vineyards was the highlight of the trip- the combo of vines, trees, and mountains was absolutely stunning!
The finished our visit in Provence in Cassis, a small fishing village along the Mediterranean. It was SO hot so we spent most of of our time inside out Airbnb (which had a killer view) with all of the windows open and fans on, drinking wine. Super relaxing.
6 days wasn't nearly enough time in Provence. When I go back (which I DEFINITELY will) I want to spend at least 10 days. I hope you all have a chance to visit soon!