A Week in Provence

  • Le Palais des Papes - XIVe siècle

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    Le Palais des Papes - XIVe siècle

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  • Le Palais des Papes, plus grand monument gothique au monde et classé au patrimoine mondial de l'humanité par l'UNESCO, fut au XIVe siècle le siège de la chrétienté d'Occident.

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    Le Palais des Papes, plus grand monument gothique au monde et classé au patrimoine mondial de l'humanité par l'UNESCO, fut au XIVe siècle le siège de la chrétienté d'Occident.

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  • Le pont d'Avignon sur le Rhône et le Palais des Papes la nuit.

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    Le pont d'Avignon sur le Rhône et le Palais des Papes la nuit.

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  • Vue du pont Saint Benezet, couramment appelé pont d'Avignon, construit au XIIème siècle sur le Rhône

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    Vue du pont Saint Benezet, couramment appelé pont d'Avignon, construit au XIIème siècle sur le Rhône

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  • Restaurant du chef Christian Etienne  - pigeon roti dans son consommé aux pointes d'asperges

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    Restaurant du chef Christian Etienne - pigeon roti dans son consommé aux pointes d'asperges

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  • Restaurant du chef Christian Etienne - plateau de fromages lors du service

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    Restaurant du chef Christian Etienne - plateau de fromages lors du service

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  • Restaurant du chef Christian Etienne  préparation des truffes noires du Vaucluse - Tuber Malanosporum en cuisine

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    Restaurant du chef Christian Etienne préparation des truffes noires du Vaucluse - Tuber Malanosporum en cuisine

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An unrivalled gastronomic capital, Provence in the south of France is solely responsible for making mouths the world over water with delicacies such as aïoli, nougat, bouillabaisse, tapenade and ratatouille.

Less than three hours away by train from Paris (2.40hr to be exact), Avignon is a great start and introduction for newbies to the Provençal experiences that have put this region on the global culinary map.

A vibrant and charming student city bursting with art and architecture, indulging one’s tastebuds in Avignon could start with a visit to the covered markets of Les Halles (opened Tuesdays to Sundays), where about 40 stalls selling local produce and specialties will have the senses spoiled and future foodie expectations set high.

From Avignon, there are options to visit the harbour city of Marseilles, the sunny shores of Nice, or even the medieval town of Aix-en-Provence to taste even more of the region’s famed dishes; all less than 3 hours journey by train. We recommend getting some hands-on farm-to-table experience with a cooking class of few to master and take home some well-loved authentic local recipes.

For the more adventurous outdoor and nature loving foodies, embarking on truffle hunting tours to learn more about the delightful “black diamonds” and how they are used to enhance cooking makes an interesting day excursion. 

Finally, to round up the Provençal foodie experience, a visit to some of the vineyards in Côte du Rhône, one of the world’s most ancient wine growing areas, is highly recommended. Producing about 419 million bottles of wine of all three colours annually (red, white and rose), wine lovers will not only get to taste, but receive some rich education about the different grape varieties that define the wines and specific crus from this region.

Should you be visiting France later this year, don’t forget that any bookings made by 31 March 2016 on the range of France Rail Pass will not only enjoy a generous 20% discount, but also bonus discounts on city passes and other activities. Additionally, up to two children (aged 4-11) travel for free with each accompanying adult.

For more inspiration and bookings, visit www.raileurope.com.au

 

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