Wednesday, April 19

Easter in Provence

GrenobleWe spent the Easter weekend in Provence - our first visit to the region in the lovely south of France. On the way down there, we stopped for the night in Grenoble (pictured left), which is about 1.5 hours drive from Geneva.

Les Gorges du VerdonOn Good Friday we drove down through the French countryside to our destination: Entrecasteaux, a small village in the department of Var (see map).

On the way, we visited the Gorges du Verdon, Europe's answer to the Grand Canyon. It was very picturesque, but hard to find a carpark to stop and look properly.

Once in Provence, we stayed at the gorgeous Maison Marianel in Entrecasteaux . Our hosts were a lovely Danish couple, who bought their house 2.5 years ago and have done an beautiful job of renovating it. We were in one of their three fully self-contained apartments. It had plenty of space and a lovely terrace overlooking vineyards.

Maison MarianelView from our terrace

On Saturday we gladly took the advice of our host Leif (pronounced 'Life') and set off on a lovely 40km bike ride from Entrecasteaux, to Contignac, Sillans la Cascade, Salernes and back to Entrecasteaux. It was all uphill until lunchtime, then all downhill back home. Perfect after pizza et une petite carafe de vin rouge! Before lunch we visited the waterfall at Sillans la Cascade.
La Cascade
On Sunday, we drove 60km to Saint Raphael on the Cote d'Azur. Despite the beautiful weather (about 25 degrees), we found it difficult to enjoy the cycling along the busy, narrow road. After about 18 kms, we decided to stop at a very nice restaurant overlooking the sea. Lunch was great, but the coast was so packed with cars and people. I'd hate to see it in summer!

Overall it was a great weekend and way too short! We could have easily spent a week or two there. See the rest of our photos on Flickr.

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