To-Do List For The South Of France


I’m counting the days until June, when we will be spending a few days in Provence. When compared to the time we’ve spent around Paris and Lyon, we’ve not spent much time at all in the south of France and I am really looking forward to returning.

This time, we are headed to the village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. This gorgeous village happens to be the birth place of Nostradamus and Vincent Van Gogh spent time painting there (albeit while he was in the local asylum). And apparently the light is lovely, so I am sure Scott will enjoy taking photos.

As for me, I’m a bit torn as to whether I should try and pack heaps into our time in Provence, or whether I should just relax and take the time to enjoy Saint-Rémy. I’m sure I will work it out but regardless of the approach I take, there are already a few things on my south of France to-do list.

  1. Check out the French linen. I’ve been told that Saint-Rémy is a goldmine for the striped canvas and other fabrics that are so associated with this part of France. I’m not sure whether my luggage or my budget will be able to accommodate a purchase, but a girl can always look.
  2. Wander the streets of the old part of town. If I’m being honest, I love doing this wherever I am in France, but I am certainly looking forward to experiencing it in Saint-Rémy.
  3. Tasting the local Rosé wine, preferably by a fountain if I can manage it. It’s said that the best examples of this wine come from Provence and while I have tried it in Australia, I didn’t actually try it while we were in Provence last time. Don’t ask me why I didn’t try it – I have absolutely no idea.

Have you ever been to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence? Please share any tips you might have for me in the comments below.

Until next time – au revoir.

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