We stayed in Avignon a beautiful and fascinating city known to be the cultural heart of the Provence region. The Palace du Papes was the headquarters of the Catholic Church from 1309. The building's heavy fortification reflects the violent nature of 14th century religious life.
Visiting The Luberon area was a delight - this regional nature park which is known to be one of the most appealing areas of Provence with its limestone cliffs, river-hewn gorges, rugged peaks and rustic villages, was the inspiration for Richard Mayle's 'A Year in Provence'
I love the street life in France where markets are held regularly and pavement cafes are in abundance. Two in particular were Arles and Uzes.
How lovely to be able to buy your fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses and meat from the local market. We don't have anything like that locally except perhaps for Borough Market in Southwark.
I do love an Antique Shop - and this is something that the French do well - many village streets were lined with shops and stalls selling all manner of vintage goods.
We were very lucky with our weather, the sun shining most of the time, so we were able
to indulge in quite a lot of Alfresco dining - just heaven.
I hope you've enjoyed this little taster - no pun intended - and I'll continue with more of our travels in a day or two.
Bye for now