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Today we ventured to Pont du Gard a well preserved Roman aqueduct. We then headed further to the city of Orange and explored the Roman ruins. Lots of wine vineyards, small quaint towns and round abouts. A great way to wind down...
Today we headed out of Avignon through the Provence country side south to the city of Les Baux to visit the historic area. It was a beautiful drive through endless round abouts, thank God for our navigation system.
On the return we drove through the small quaint town of St. Remy. There was minimal parking as a bull fight was about to begin.
... filtering back into our minds. We then drove onto Orange after George's recommendation. We found the enormous Ancient Theatre and took the self guided tour. This place dates back to 34BC and it was truly impressive. Just sitting in the arena gave you a feel of what it was like to listen to a show so many years ago. The way this audio tour was presented and the video footage was brilliant. It really gave you a good insight into what was known about the place and ...
... We finally were instructed by hotel staff at Auberge to enter the postal code, and finally we found our next destination in the navigation. Off we went...three hours later we arrived in Avignon.
Relaxing today...sights tomorrow. This hotel is beautiful. ...
Today we took a bus trip to "Pont du Guard", at a cost of €5.00 each including the enstrrance fee
The Pont du Gard is an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gardon River in Vers-Pont-du-Gard near Remoulins, in the Gard département of southern France
The bridge has three tiers of arches, standing 48.8 m (160 ft) high
We enjoyed lunch by ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Banasterie Avignon
Although La Banasterie was a little difficult to find, being in a one-way street and not being able to back up or turn around, the search was well worthwhile. Jean Michel, who was a Paris radio announcer and Francoise, a journalist, were charming hosts and wanted to assist in any way possible.
Thanks TripAdvisor for pointing us to this treasure!
Thanks TripAdvisor for this recommedation! Great guest house, ideal location and the breakfast smells, especially the house specialty chocolate, will be a lifetime memory. The owners were very helpful, their restaurant suggestions were excellent and varied. Make sure you have the address as the house is a little hard to find, but it could not be more convenient to the Palais de Papes and the sights of Avignon, all because of its proximity in location and age..
The reviews are right
Three of us stayed in the Quetscoatal rooms over Thanksgiving and found everything just as described in all the other TripAdvisor reviews. I will only add that the location is excellent with access to many of the key sights in Avignon. Not cheap, but worth it. The two women in our party loved the decor. I found this on TA, which is why this is a great website. if you are looking for something unique and intimate and French and not a hotel, this is it.
My husband and I stayed at La Banasterie for four nights in October 2005. We had the "Mancerina" 2 room suite/apartment. It was in the Annexe and very spacious with a bedroom, sitting-eating room and tiny kitchenette with fridge, coffee maker, two burner stove, dishes, etc. The bath was spacious with a large tub and hand held shower. Lots of towels, including wash cloths, toiletries, blow dryer, and plenty of very hot water. Located at the top of a tiny curving staircase on the Third floor (American) of a 15th century building. Sitting room had some street noise, but bedroom was quiet, dark and had a very comfortable bed. Small TV which we never turned on. Large armoire for clothes which also locks.
This is a wonderful guesthouse!
Everything about this guesthouse we loved - wonderful hosts, lovely decor, great location, fabulous breakfasts, we would highly recommend!
Staying Here Was One of the Best Experiences
I have ever had while I have traveled. My boyfriend and I had an absolutely wonderful time at La Banaterie. We booked an efficiency room that had a lovely little kitchen, a living room, dining room, a large bedroom and an absolutely beautifully decorated bathroom. We slept like babies in our wonderfully comfortable bed and enjoyed the charm of this charming guest house. The Owners were absolutely delightful, friendly and extremely helpful. The Owners (a Husband and Wife) leave the most wonderful breakfast every morning at your door (delicious pastries, breads, jams, etc...)
I swear that I did not want to leave this wonderful place, I truly fell in love with our room. I want to go back to Avignon just to stay at this wonderful place again.
Wonderful stay at La Banasterie
We stayed for 6 nights in July 2005 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The owners were friendly, helpful, the room clean, we had our own terrace, great location - it was terrific! Highly recommend.
Although we only stayed one night at the Banasterie, it was a great experience. The owners were very friendly, easy going and helpful with lots of good hints on what to do and see. We had two rooms in the annex of the main house - one on the 1st floor and one on the 3rd floor. Both were very special - decoration was lovely and authentic. Nice touches included a small lavender bag to take home as a souvenir as well as a small dish with excellent chocolates waiting for us!
My extended family (two couples, each with a child) stayed at La Banasterie for four nights. The hotel is on a street very close to the Palais des Papes and the Place des Horloges -- utterly charming and old-world, and about two feet wider than a car. (If you have a car, park at the Palais or Les Halles and avoid driving inside the walled city as much as you can.) La Banasterie owns two buildings -- a main hotel and an "annex" -- really another ancient rowhouse about three doors down. We stayed in the annex. The rooms are actually quite spacious and have well-equipped kitchenettes and large modern bathrooms. We were glad that the rooms were dark and quiet -- we slept very soundly. Breakfast was delivered outside our doors each morning and was wonderful. (Most hotels charge extra for breakfast, 10-15 Euros per person we found, so fact that breakfast is included at La Banasterie makes their room rates more reasonable than they might otherwise seem.) A good value. Jean-Michel was a gracious host who steered us to several great restaurants. One quirk: they don't take credit cards, so bring cash.
We have just spent 4 nights at this guesthouse. Decorated in an extraordinary way, the owners Jean Michel and hs wife Francoise - ex Tv journalists from Paris were just great. we had the Quetscoatal rooms - 2 bedrooms with private bathroom. This was on the top floor of the 15th century house. We also had the sitting room to ourselves on the floor below. Breakfasts were tasty and copious. We could have also used a kitchen on the ground level if we wished. while we there over Xmas, there wasa constant stream of guests staying there but you never felt crowded.