Aix-en-Provence

This weekend we went to Provence with the aifs group. We left early saturday morning and took a bus ride for two hours. For some reason we watched “The Town” with Ben Affleck and not going to lie it was a little early for that movie. Then we stopped in Arles where there was a market that pretty much sold everything.

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We found a little garden that Van Gogh used to go to and we saw the famous restaurant he painted “Terrasse du café le soir” , which of course is a complete tourist trap now, but it was very pretty!

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Then we saw some ruins, an old theatre and a coliseum thing that is still used for bull fighting.

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Then we got back on the bus to go to Pont du Gard, which is a Roman aqueduct built in 19 BC to carry water 50 ams to Nimes.

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Then we drove to Chateauneuf-du-Pape were we had a wine tasting at “Le domaine Mousset” which was great! We tried white, then rosé then red (no I did not spit any of it out, and I even got a second glass of red). The rosé was my favorite. We could even see a little lavender field from the chateau.

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After, we arrived in Avignon which is a beautiful ancient city. Our hotel was so cute and beautiful and right across from Le Palais des Papes.

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We got dinner in the hotel that night, (yay! Free dinner and more wine!) however, the vegetarian meal was just potatoes… On sunday we had an audio guided tour of Le Palais des Papes, which was the Popes’ residence in the 14th century and is the most important gothic palace in Europe.

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We also say the Pont de Avignon, which is a famous bridge built in the 12 Century and was damaged several times by the floods of the Rhone river and was rebuilt many times up until the 17th cent., when they gave up and just left it half up. It’s also a famous song in french. After we headed to Les Baux-de-Provence where we went to The Quarry of Lights which uses the walls, floors and ceilings of a former quarry to project images. We saw two shows, “Voyage Imagination” which is a permanent show there that had hot air balloons and sea voyages, then there was the themed one that changes each year. This years theme is “Giants of the Renaissance.” It was so cool. A little disorienting at first because everything is moving and you start to feel like you are as well but it was very cool!

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We then walked up to the ruins of a medieval castle called “the City of the Dead” where they had catapults and medieval corny shows. But the views were incredible!

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We then walked around the village, which lies on a rock plateau way above the countryside. It had so many cute shops and restaurant. I bought some tapenade and crackers for the bus ride back. We then watched “Horrible Bosses” on the bus ride back. Fun fact: in French the movie is called “How to Kill Your Boss” (“Comment Tuer son Boss”) It was a very fun weekend!

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