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 +Back to [[Travel]], [[Avignon Map]] [[Arles]]
 +
 +== Accomedation ==
 +
 +* B&B potential http://​www.avignon-et-provence.com/​bed-breakfast-centre-avignon/​nicolas-saboly/​index.html
 +* [[http://​www.cotesquare-avignon.com/​charming-bed-and-breakfast-rooms.htm | ]#turquin Cote Square] nice looking, 110/night
 +* http://​www.hotelstroch-avignon.com/​gb/​default.htm 58 euro per night
 +* http://​www.chezmarie-avignon.com/​bed_breakfast_avignon.htm 75/85 per night
 +* CUBE HOTEL
 +Impasse Rhône.
 +30400 VILLENEUVE LES AVIGNON (FRANCE)
 +Phone : +33 (0) 4.90.25.52.29
 +
 +1 ) stay from Friday, April 2, 2010 to Tuesday, April 6, 2010
 +Scheduled arrival time : 21 hour(s) and 00 minute(s).
 +Number of adults : 2
 +Room Type : double montagne - Chambre 2 pers.
 +double montagne - Chambre 2 pers.
 +
 +4 night(s) ​  ​X ​  52,00 EUR
 +
 +== Getting there ==
 +
 +Remember to validate your tickets by putting them into the small orange machines marked '​Compostez votre billet'​ at the entrance to every platform - there'​s a fine if you don't!
 +
 +The TGV train station is outside of town. The TCRA Shuttle links you to the center of Avignon in less than 15 minutes. It leaves from the bus station on the Arrivals side (Pavillon "​Arrivée"​).
 +
 +Departure every 20 minutes. From Monday to Saturday it runs from about 5.45 to 22.35 and on Sunday from 6.15 to 22.35.
 +The "​Shuttle"​ ticket price is 2€ with a TGV reservation. This combined ticket is a "​Pass"​ valid for 24 hours on the entire TCRA network. A one way ticket costs about 1.10€
 +
 +== Activities == 
 +* [[http://​www.viator.com/​Avignon/​d483-ttd | Tours]] - potential for historical site and wine tours
 +
 +**Rue des Teinturiers** One of the most picturesque streets in Avignon'​s old town, the Rue des Teinturiers,​ Dyer's Street, is lined with old buildings built by the prosperous cotton industry that harnessed the river'​s power and still captures a feeling of that time.
 +
 +Halfway down the road, which follows a branch of the Sorgue River, is a chapel that was the setting for a miracle in 1443; a flood destroyed the surrounding area but the chapel remained intact.
 +
 +== Food  ==
 +Les Halles - food market, Place Pie, Mon-Fri 8am-4pm; Sat 9am-12.30pm,​ Two blocks south-east of the historic town centre.
 +
 +http://​www.justhungry.com/​2006/​06/​provence_part_2.html
 +
 +Saturday Markets
 +Avignon ​ 84000 - Flower market, Cloître aux Carmes
 +Avignon ​ 84000 - Marché Forain - Food Market; Rempart St Michel
 +
 +Everyday Markets
 +Avignon ​ 84000 - Marché couvert - Covered Market; Except Monday
 +
 +Ideas - find out what the regional cheses / meats are and have list ready for purchasing in local shop
 +
 +The fresh and delicate flavor of the **Gardian** from the Camargue river delta region of Provence must be purchased directly from the cheese-maker at a local market. Sold in its whey at one day old, this cheese is eaten with a drizzle of olive oil and herbs. The **[[http://​www.banon-aoc.com/​en/​presentation.html | Banon de Banon]]** is a sweet curdle goat cheese from Haute Provence, distinguished by its small round form, wrapped in chestnut leaves. Protected by Appellation of Controlled Origin (AOC) laws, this cheese is ready to eat after two weeks’ aging.
 +
 +[[http://​www.avignon-et-provence.com/​market-provence/​market-provence.htm | List of markets in Provance]]
 +
 +== Shopping ==
 +
 +[[http://​www.tissusgregoire.com/​ | Tissus Gregoire]], 309 avenue du 19 Mars 1962, St. Saturnin-les-Avignon. This big fabric store in a nondescript suburb of Avignon is like heaven for fabric collectors. Great selection and prices on things that are much more expensive elsewhere like Provençal prints, toile de jouy, etc.
 +
 +== Places to Eat ==
 +
 +http://​serveitforth.com/?​p=35
 +
 +* [[http://​www.whytraveltofrance.com/​2008/​06/​26/​les-5-sens-restaurant-in-avignon/​ | Le Cinq Sens]] - recommended on Chowhound as well - Couldn'​t get a table at L'Isle Sonnante, but the owner suggested we try Le Cinq Sens, which turned out to be fantastic. Beautiful presentation,​and the food was absolutely delicious. Found the flavours to be fresh and the combinations were innovative. I started with a crispy artichoke chevre first course, and tried the vegetarian platter, a sampler of 8 different vegetable or grain dishes. I'd definitely return if I was in Avignon. The dinner was somewhere around 40 Euros each, not including wine.
 +
 +Place Plaisance (the restaurant is not visible from the street so you must enter the courtyard)
 +18, Rue Joseph Vernet
 +84000 Avignon, France
 ++33 (0) 4 90 85 26 51 (reservations recommended)
 +Hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm and 7:30pm to 11pm
 +Closed Sunday and Monday except in July
 +
 +* Bistro des Arts  Not surprisingly they exhibit works from local artists here. The cuisine is refined, the presentation excellent. Food, service and atmosphere - we loved it! The owner takes time to chat with his guests. Prices: €13-30. 24 Rue des Lices, 84000 Avignon . Tel: +33 (0)4 90 85 67 21
 +
 +* Newground - 29 rue de la Saraillerie 84000 Avignon -   ​(voted no.3 on trip advisor) creative foie gras panne or embedded in angel'​s hair, a wonderful "​consomme de champignons",​ a melting "​bourguignon de taureau"​ with the right amount of spices; he also uses little known kinds of lettuces with "​balsamic reduction"​ based dressing
 +
 +* Number 75 - 75, Street Guillaume-Puy,​ 84000, ​ Set behind an iron gate, 75 feels like a secret garden, fragrant with mimosa. The former mansion of Jules Pernod, creator of the famous anisette liqueur. Run by the famous chef Robert Brunel who also owns the Brunel Restaurant in Aignon.
 +
 +* [[http://​www.leprieure.com | Le Prieur]é:​ Villeneuve lez Avignon] ​ 7 Place du Chapitre, 34000 Villeneuve lez Avignon - 1 macaroon Michellen, ​ Housed in the 14th century priory building with a delightful garden. It offers good quality traditional French cuisine, very creative. The service and the wine list were excellent. (set menu around 65 euros)
 +* http://​www.christian-etienne.fr/​ 1 macraroon - starters 32, and fish begins at 42
 +
 +* [[http://​www.heurope.com | H]-Europe] - 12 place Crillon - menu from 46 euros
 +
 +    Cooking classes
 +    Our chef, Bruno d'​Angelis is delighted to be able to share the pleasure of preparing the special provencal dishes he serves in our
 +    restaurant. He therefore created "​Bruno'​s COOKING CLASSES"​ for small groups of 10 to 15 persons. For more information ​
 +    please call 04 90 14 76 76 or email am.rouvierre@heurope.co
 +
 +* **Bleus les Thés** - 26, rue Bouquerie AVIGNON Provence -  A small street parallel to Avenue de la Republique in the historical center. ​ natural approach to seasonal cuisine. Most of the products prepared come from Organic Farms and Suppliers who have been meticulously researched and selected year after year by François Aleime. One drawback !: Whilst the restaurant is open all **week long for lunch** (except on Sundays), it is only open for Dinner on **Friday’s and Saturday’s**. Why? Simply because "Bleus les Thés"​ have acquired such fame as caterers that most of the functions and cocktail parties held in Avignon are supplied by them !
 +
 +== Places to drink ==
 +
 +**AOC**, 5 Rue Trémoulet - Tucked away in a side street in Avignon'​s cobbled pedestrian zone, AOC is a pleasant lunchtime venue for sampling some simple foods and some very good value wines. Listed on the blackboard inside will be ten whites and reds that you can try by the glass. On the shelves you can peruse the bottles that are also available.
 +Dishes are simple such as a charcuterie platter accompanied by a bowl of bread and some cornichons to go with the rillettes, cured meats and jambon, a salad of pigs feet and a simple sardine tart all for very low prices. Options such as hand-cut beef tartare, côte de boeuf or cod fillet with sauce vierge are more substantial.
 +You'll find excellent local wines as well as other sought after wines such as the lip-smacking Bourgueil by stellar producers Catherine and Pierre Breton.
 +Most locals prefer to sit outside but there is also a bar inside along with a few extra tables.
 +
 +== Coffee and Cakes ==
 +
 +Yes. If this isn’t THE reason to visit Avignon, I dunno what is. Alright, I do and there are gobs of fabulous things to do and see here but this cuppa hot chocolate at the Salon de Thé in La Mirande Hotel is amazing. It is so silk-chocolaty and heavenly that you can see heaven in its reflection.
 +
 +La Mirande
 +(Hotel, [[http://​www.lamirande-avignon.com/​FR/​home.html | Salon de Th]é], Cooking School, Award-winning Restaurant)
 +4, place de la Mirande
 +84000 Avignon France
 +Telephone: +33 4 90 14 20 20
 +
 +== Excursions ==
 +
 +Other notable sites nearby are:
 +
 +    * Nimes which has a huge Roman ampitheatre and a famous Greek Temple
 +    * Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a short train ride north and is home to some of France'​s most famous vineyards
 +    * Aix-en-Provence,​ town of water - town of art, founded by the Romans.
 +
 +http://​www.i-escape.com/​destination_guide_results.php?​page=4&​liveregion=Provence&​country=France
 +
 +[[Arles]]
 +Arles easter bulls sounds interesting,​ search for La Feria Pascale [[http://​followkatie.wordpress.com/​2009/​04/​11/​bull-fighting-in-arles/​ | blog]]
 +Tickets for the bullfights are available [[http://​www.arenes-arles.com/​arles_info/​index.htm | here]]
 +
 +Bus
 +
 +Avignon - **Uzès** - Alès
 +
 +The bus line number 205, Avignon - Uzès - Alès, stops a Pont du Gard. There are around 5 or 6 buses a day in each direction.
 +
 +- From Avignon: Pont du Gard (45 min), Uzès (1hr), Alès (2hrs)
 +
 +Uzes has nice [[http://​www.justhungry.com/​2006/​06/​provence_part_3.html | market]] on Saturdays
 +
 +Benediction des chevaux (annual blessing of the horses). Easter Weekend. Cabriès-Calas,​ Provence. Taking place on the esplanade of the fifth century chapel of Notre-Dame de la Salette atop the Calas hill, the festival features events including the blessing of more than 600 horses, bull races, games, riding exhibitions and a street ball.  This event has been held every Easter since 1958 in the small village of Cabriès, ten miles south of Aix-en-Provence. www.cabries.fr
 +
 +Festivals in the [[http://​www.frommers.com/​destinations/​provenceandtheriviera/​0236028791.html | area]]
  
 
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