Hotel Bastide de Lourmarin
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- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
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Unfortunately the weather didn't want to cooperate 100% with our visit, even though we were quite lucky yesterday. We set aside today for traveling to Aix-en-Provence, about a 45 minute drive from Avignon. Since we knew it was going to be a rainy and blustery afternoon, we planned to arrive in the old city before lunch to walk around and grab a bite before heading for protection from the rain. We stumbled across an ...
... what to expect. The old castle had been restored as an art gallery. We drop in and find a wonderful exhibition by artists who lived here including Marc Chagall, Victor Vasarely and Pol Mara. The best exhibit though was a special photography exhibit by Reza. Reza Deghati is an Iranian-French photojournalist for National Geographic and specializes in pictures of people. Many of his photos have graced the cover of the magazine and ...
... but there is also a younger, university crowd helping set the tone. Just on the edge of the old town is Cours Mirabeau which is a typically French, wide tree lined avenue studded with statues and fountains, cafes and shops along either side, and people everywhere.
The famous painter Paul Cezanne hails from Aix, and they certainly don’t let you forget it! We picked up a map that had a walking path you could follow in his footsteps. This literally took you ...
... of the 3 Belfries, One Protestant and 2 Catholic towers. We had a great lunch, buffalo mozzarella, salmon and pork fillets washed down with some Belgium beer and a plate of various desserts. Really good. We then visited the Chateau where a fortress was first built at the site in the 12th century, and was rebuilt in the 15th century on the foundations of the earlier castle. It was restored in 1920. Home for a swim and nana nap followed by dinner in nearby ...
... As we later learned, this work is covered for protection most of the time, viewable on special occasions only. But Janicke must have "ordained" that it be made available for our tour because, voila!, today it was open for viewing in all its glory; a very impressive work of art. Also accessible today was the cloister, which is a work of art itself.
Motoring our way to Lourmarin
After the walking tour, Janicke drove ...