Wine, Roman Ruins and Gigondas! Chateauneuf du Pape! Touring Provence Thanks To Patricia Wells!

A bit of Monday “wanderlust”…


Say hello to the vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape!

Everyone has an adventure of a lifetime…and some are lucky enough to have many…for us, a trip to cooking school with Patricia Wells gave us multiple “lifetime trips”, including a drive through one of the most beautiful places in the world…Provence!

And Gigondas To You, Too!

This is the view from Gigondas – if you don’t know it, you soon will – there is so much beauty from afar – and so much up close as well – like these beautiful provencal olive trees!

Welcome To Provence…

There is nothing more exhilarating than a driving trip through Provence, and in many ways, a drive back in time – because these villages of Provence live in a world of suspended animation – classic old cobblestone streets where cars aren’t allowed, and time never catches up…

The key is to rent a car…

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  1. Great post, John. I am lucky enough to have travelled extensively in that region during the 1980s. I have close (French) friends who live in Marseille, so we enjoyed a long drive down exploring the area. Aix, Avignon, and Chateauneuf country. Once based in Marseille, we enjoyed that city, as well as the nearby Carmargue, with Aigues Mortes, Nimes, and Arles.
    Arles has a well-preserved Roman Arena, featured in the film, ‘Ronin’.
    It is a wonderful part of Europe, with great summer weather, and lots of history too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks for your recollections Pete, we agree it is relaxing and inspiring – never been to Marseilles but that is on our list, just for the fish soup!

      • Watch out for the street crime, John. Always pays to be alert around the Old Harbour. Chateau D’If is worth a boat trip, and the church of Notre Dame de la Garde on the hill has amazing views. Bouillabaisse is available everywhere, but you have to choose an ‘upmarket’ spot for the best fish soup.
        The whole area is worth your time though, especially the Camargue.

  2. Beautiful! I would love to visit the region someday!


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