QUOTE(Globetrotters @ Feb 8 2009, 06:37 PM)
We are planning our next great adventure and I am hoping and believing it will be somewhere in the South of France. Marseille or Provence are my two choices. Anita wants to visit Paris. We are planning on 7 to 10 days. So far we've found a couple of flights that would get us into Marseille. Paris seems a bit more challenging for the time we wish to travel. Nevertheless, we've never been known to worry about that; somehow something always comes through.
So here are a few questions. What is it like during the month of April in the South of France? Weather, hotels and various forms of transportation available. Any suggestions on where to stay to get max experience while in either location. Any suggestions on what we should plan to see and do while there. I guess we are looking for some great ideas from our fellow travelers and those of you who know a little bit about us "the Globetrotters" and our travels so far. If not take a look at our 11 travel journals. Of course, we will write about our experiences and this time with a little help from you guys maybe we will have a unique experience of a life time while visiting the South of France.
I'm looking forward to this one. As you may or may not know, April is the month I celebrate my birthday and I've tried to do a special trip somewhere in the world during this time. Last year, it was in Bermuda; year before that Montreal Canada and before that Rio. So let's see what will become of this year's travel experience.
Michael and Anita
April is one of those shoulder months like many parts of the world where the weather is hit or miss. One day could be warm, sunny and dry and he next could be rainy. Its a good time to travel to avoid the tourist crowds and prices in general will fall under the "low season" category.
I suggest you get out of Marseille as soon as you arrive. Consider staying for a few days in Aix en Provence. You can easily get a shuttle there from the Marseille airport. Aix is very touristy but for a reason, its drop dead gorgeous. From there I suggest renting a car and visiting some of the smaller towns. St Remy en Provence is a good one but this is an excellent region to explore on your own with a car and without a real plan.
There are countless opportunities for wine tasting, olive oil tasting (they do that often as well)
and going to the bullfights. Yes, in towns such as Arles, they are under the impression that they are Spanish and you can easily find sangria and paella.
For such a small area, Provence is a highly diversified region with something for everyone. Have fun exploring!