Hotel Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa
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I'm in Avignon, in a lovely old hotel inside the walled town. I had an interesting experience on the TGV coming over from Nice today. Stupidly, I managed to sit at the correct seat number, but in the wrong carriage. Well, I was booted out of my seat part-way along the journey. You aren't supposed to make the same mistake twice; but I think I've done this before! Cathie, ...
... the van Gogh tour, as he actually spent some time here and completed several of his works of art.
This is an interesting little tour and worth doing if you have the time, and definitely if you're a fan of van Gogh.
We arrived just after midday and just missed the farmers markets near the Tourist Information ...
... it was the weekend and very soon after New Year's Day.
I missed out on seeing the Gardens and the Castle as I arrived late and they'd already done it.
From here we also did a half-day trip to Arles - see next entry.
There are other smaller villages around to do day trips to/from, such as Avignon.
Marseilles and Montpelier are also 2-3 hours away by train.
... which is how it got the name Bauxite.) I bought my souvenirs here: a gecko for the Hawaii house, and a small olive tree cutting board for chopping my daily ginger. I would have brought pottery, but knew it would probably not survive the trip. The rest of the bike trip was uneventful, except to say much of it had cars whizzing by. In order to really enjoy a bike trip, you really need to take paths that are on untraveled country roads. Part of the way ...
... We found the place to activate our rail pass almost straight away and we were also able to buy our tickets. Unfortunately, we could not get on the 11.07am train or the 12.37pm train. Instead we had to wait for the 2.37pm train. This wasn't the end of the world. The day was wasted as we would have to wait at the station for four hours, but it was a high-speed TGV train, which would make the six-hour journey in less than three hours, getting us to Avignon at ...
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