The Armchair Traveler Goes to Provence

Continuing with our armchair travel, today we head over to Provence!

We start our adventure in Nice.

Walking the narrow streets of old town, we stop for a little lunch, perhaps a beer...

Don't forget to look up!

The Mediterranean beckons, so let's take a day trip east of Nice, to Èze.

Looking back towards Nice...

Can you imagine living here? I sure can!

In Èze, our climb is rewarded with the most spectacular view of the French Riviera.

Now wasn't that worth it?

I supplement my photos with this one from Wikipedia, just so you can see where you are.
On the very top!

Time to cover some ground and dig deep into the heart of Provence.
We head west. First stop: Cannes.

Lifestyles of the rich and famous!
Wait, is that Brad and Angelina?

Next stop: Aix en Provence.

Remember to always be open to surprises when traveling.

Lucky for us, we just happen to be here for the weirdest parade ever!
Time to move on.... Avignon, with the Rhône river bordering one side and the home of the papacy in the 14th century.

Touring the Pope's Palace, we overlook the city.

There are beautiful churches here, of course.

And great shopping opportunities.

Just outside the preserved ramparts of Avignon is the wine country.

And the little, sleepy village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where the ancient ruins of the Pope's castle is located.

More Roman ruins in Orange.

We conclude our Provençal tour in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, my favorite city!

Yes, I saved the best till last.

Waking up here, we are pleasantly surprised that it's market day.
Everything from soup to nuts!

Actually, make that cheese....


...and olives!
Among other things, like antiques, housewares and clothing.

It's time to go.
I know, I know, we barely scratched the surface in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
We'll just have to come back another time. I hear there is an amazing brocante here twice a year.
Anyone want to go with? For real?

PS: For more L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue inspiration, visit Libby at An Eye For Detail.
She just returned from her trip last week and has some wonderful photos to share.

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