Honeymoon Travel Guide: Provence, France, vol. 1, p.2

Provence, p.2

Welcome back to part two of our Provençal getaway! Since we were staying in Arles, we did quite a bit of meandering through the narrow and twisting streets of the town everyday. With almost every step, there was something that seemed to demand a photo so for a majority of the time, J was patiently waiting on me while I tried to capture the beauty before me.

We came across a great little hill in Arles that gave us the view shown above. I loved all the weathered clay roof tiles and the “little Alps” in the distance. And, I have to add, I don’t think I’ve ever been somewhere as peaceful and laid back as Provence so if you’re looking to experience French beauty but don’t want to deal with the hustle and bustle that often comes with Paris and other larger cities, I would absolutely recommend a stay here.

Lavender was everywhere and I was in love. The color, the smell, so heavenly. I think it would be fabulous to use this bloom as the sole inspiration for a countryside wedding. Unfortunately, April is not the month to come if you’re hoping to see the lavender fields in bloom (that’s more July-September) but I was satisfied with all the fresh and dried lavender available in the towns. And maybe I’ll just have to head back in a few months to see the lavender fields in full bloom (and the glorious sunflowers!).

Oh, the soaps. Yes, I do believe I was slightly obsessed with the soaps spotted at the local markets and local shops. I came home with bags of them!

There were so many scenes and vignettes that we came across that made it so clear to me why so many artists flocked to this region for inspiration … the line-up of boats looked like they were just begging to be transported into a watercolor …

We ended one day with a leisurely dinner at Le Café Le Nuit (aka The Van Gogh Cafe). This cafe in Arles is supposedly the same café that Van Gogh painted in his famed The Night Café. I have to admit, it really does look like it! If you go, definitely grab a drink and enjoy the atmosphere. I’ll share some yummy finds in my top tips coming up + Aigues-Mortes, Ste. Marie de la Mer + Avignon!

Photography by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.

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4 Comments

  1. Tonya
    April 21, 2011 / 6:50 PM

    Totally my favorite Van Gogh painting! How amazing you got to experience all of that!

  2. April 22, 2011 / 7:31 AM

    WOW!! Totally my favorite Van Gogh painting! How amazing photos…
    Thanks for sharing…
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  3. April 22, 2011 / 5:30 PM

    How awesome that you could see the inspiration behind Van Gogh’s painting! I’ve always loved that one for how well it hints of a great night out.
    LOVE the lavender! Thank you so much for sharing!