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Mar 5, 2012 09:46 AM

Honeymoon in Provence and Paris

Hello All,

This is my first post in chowhound! I have been reading different threads and posts and in my opinion you guys are the most knowledgeable in food and places to visit. My fiance and I are getting married in the Italian Lakes and want to end our honeymoon in Provence and Paris. This is my first time in both places. My fiance have been in Paris before. I was wondering where should we go in Provence? We are planning to stay only 2 days in Provence and 3 days in Paris. I know, I know... it's a super short trip but we are allocating part of our honeymoon in Italy as well....

any suggestions for towns to visit in Provence and places to eat? same goes for Paris...

Thank you for all of your help!!!!

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    1. re: Parigi

      thank you Parigi! i'll read the post and if I have any questions I'll get back to you!

      1. re: Parigi

        Parigi, in a short visit like ours, if you had to choose ONE: Bonnieux or Lex Baux de Provence, which one would you pick and why? thanks.

        1. re: panamasian88

          Did you say during which period you will be visiting? Will you have a car? I can't find the info.

          1. re: Parigi

            We'll visiting during the last week of august --- peak season. We are not planning to rent a car but if it's going to make our lives easier perhaps we should reconsider.

            1. re: panamasian88

              Oh grim.
              Flying from Milan to Marseille, then train to Provence will take up most of a day.

              Factoring in your transport, you will spend two nights and one day in Provence. Not worth it.
              If I were you, I would not spend such a big chunk, of my honeymoons in airport lounges and train stations.

              If not going to Provence would break up your marriage, then Arles. Great eats. Lovely Proven├žal atmosphere. Good public transport back to Paris.

              But trains will be full. Freeways will be fuller than full. Freeways are worse. I would reserve as early as possible for a train back to Paris from Arles.

              The most enjoyable scenario would be just to spend more days in Paris - and not go to Provence airports and train stations - and enjoy the slow pace of a delicious Paris without Parisias.

              1. re: Parigi

                Thanks Parigi for all the great suggestions!
                Don't worry, not going to Provence will not break up our new marriage ;)
                We can definitely skip Provence and spend more time in Paris. IF so, where should I go or stay? How about Trocadero area? Is it any good? What restaurants/cafes MUST I visit?

                1. re: panamasian88

                  I have to agree with Parigi - either Provence or Paris, not both, with the limited time you have. And if you choose Provence (and there are strong reasons to do so on a honeymoon) you would definitely want a car if you wanted to see more than one place. But of course Paris is always romantic and much easier without a car. I don't know Paris anywhere near as well as most of these posters, but I like staying in Le Marais. You're walking distance to a lot of the big sites, and the area has a fun, funky feel to it.

          2. re: panamasian88

            I'd like to chime in on this. I think 2 nights at the Bastide de Capelongue (Bonnieux) is super romantic - plus the site & view are magnificent. The surrounding perched (& non-perched) villages, vineyards & rolling hills are lovely. And dinner prepared by 2* Michelin chef Edouard Loubet would be a great way to celebrate your marriage. (Although Les Baux is lovely too, I prefer the greenery & countryside near Bonnieux. Plus I think Loubet's cooking is better than, for instance l'Oustau.) Then you could drop off your car (?) at the TGV station in Avignon and head up to Paris.

            1. re: boredough

              Thank you boredough! I appreaciate all the help I can get!

        2. While I prefer to linger than roam, or walk rather than drive, I think splitting your time between Paris and Provence, especially for Bonnieux, would be "super romantic" for honeymoon, and imprint lasting memories of lifetime without the need of photos/journals.

          A few suggestions: as their market day is on Tuesdays, see if you can manage to be in Bonnieux that will include it. If not, and if market experience is essential to you, there are surrounding villages such as Lourmarin (Fridays) or Apt (Sundays) that have great markets for real Provencal experience, and really every day of the week you can find a market in a village near and far in that region. But I think there's plenty to do just within and walking distance (Lacoste) from Bonnieux especially if you are going to be there for 2 days, as it has more than 10 restaurants as well as many many shops and galleries to explore. The view of Luberon from Bonnieux is intoxicating, and certainly Bastide de Capelongue is well-situated for that. We had a meal at L'Arome which was a great great meal.

          Best wishes, and congrats!

          3 Replies
          1. re: Kurtis

            Opps! market day in APT is Sat. until about 1 PM

            1. re: Franco American

              Thanks for the correction FA, Sundays are their antique/flea market on the empty lot west of the town...

              1. re: Kurtis

                Thank you all for your excellent and insightful comments!

                I will let you guys know what we will end up choosing to do :)
                Any specific area I should be staying in Paris? Any suggestions for restaurants? I'm sure there are tons of options. HELP! PLEASE!