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One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

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One week in Provence

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In this blog post I would like to share a selection of photos that I took during the 5th, 6th and 7th day in Provence, as well as some travel tips that might be useful if you plan to visit this beautiful region in the South of France. Regarding my photos from the first 4 days of the trip, you can see them here and here.

Day 5: On day 5 in Provence, we swapped our rental car for two electrical bikes and went on a cycling tour on the “Luberon by bike” itinerary for 10/12km. The tour started on a little village called Les Taillades. If you like cycling, as much as I do, then you might consider to add this activity to your list with the things to do in Provence. From Les Taillades to our final cycling destination, Oppède le Vieux, there are signs that indicate the route everywhere, so no need to worry about getting lost. Simply enjoy the route and make sure to stop repeatedly along the way to take pretty pictures, as the landscape is ideal for that. En route to Oppède le Vieux, we crossed postcard-worthy villages such as Robion and Maubec where we had numerous photo stops. In Oppède le Vieux, there is a quaint restaurant called “Le Petit Café” with a colourful garden. You might want to stop by for a little break.

Next stop, according to our schedule, was The Museum of the Lavander. Here we had the chance to learn all about Provence’s symbolic flower and its cultivation and buy all things lavender. I personally loved the lavender tea.
We spent the night in the little hilltop town of Gordes, where we dined and stayed at the hotel Le petit Palais d’Aglaé.

If you are around this area, don’t forget to pay a visit to the medieval Sénanque Abbey.

Day 6: Day six in Provence began at the Hotel La Mirande in Avignon. We were supposed to do the check in early and head out to visit Les Halles market but I was captured by the interior design of La Mirande that had me taking more pictures than I should. As a result, we ran out of time and since the market is only open until 1.30 pm, we didn’t make it on time. Nevertheless, we pressed on with our schedule.

Apart from dancing on the famous bridge of Avignon, here are a few other things to do:

  • Visit Palace of the Popes, the biggest gothic palace, home to the Sovereign Pontiffs in the 14th century and stroll through the 19th century hilltop garden (panoramic view on the old city)
  • Visit Avignon’s bridge from the 13th century, famous fot its song.
  • Take the free shuttle boat at the bottom of Avignon’s bridge and walk along the chemin de halage on the Barthelasse island (the biggest river island in Europe). Enjoy the view on the bridge and the city.
  • Stroll around the old city: Have a look at the creators event: Printemps des ateliers in the Cloître St Louis hotel.
  • Shopping areas: rue Joseph Vernet (fashion, antics, creators), rue St Agricol, place Crillon, rue des marchands.

Day 7: In the last day of our Provence trip we crossed the river Rhône and drove to the opposite side to Avignon, to explore another charming medieval little town called Villeneuve les Avignons.

We explored the little town on foot. We visited St-André Abbey and its gardens and the Chartreuse of Villeneuve-Les-Avignon, in warm sunshine. Not so many tourists here. I would rather say, Villeneuve les Avignons is a quiet village but this tranquillity and calmness was all we needed in our last day in Provence.

Last night in Provence was spent at Hôtel Le Prieuré Baumanière where we enjoyed excellent food and wine that made us feel truly cosseted.♥

The Viennese Girl visited Provence in partnership with Atout France and Volotea

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Hotel La Mirande Avignon

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Hotel La Mirande Avignon

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Hotel La Mirande Avignon

Hotel La Mirande Avignon

Hotel La Mirande Avignon

Hotel La Mirande in Avignon was one of the hotels we had the honour to stay in during our press trip in Provence. And for me personally, it was one of the highlights of the trip, and hence I am happy to feature it here on The Viennese Girl blog.

After I’ve stayed in Royal Mansour in Marrakesh and on a private island in the Maldives (both experiences occured last year), I was thinking that nothing else would ever impress me again.

This beautiful mansion at the foot Palais des Papes in the heart of Avignon, La Mirande, proved how wrong I was. If you follow along on Instagram, you might have already seen the live stories and all the excitement we encountered the minute we stepped into our room at Hotel La Mirande Avignon. Once we arrived, we took some pictures quickly of the interior and in the beautiful courtyard gardens and then we headed out to explore the city. I will tell you about that day in Avignon on the next blog post.

In the evening, we had dinner downstairs, in the old-style basement kitchen, where we shared the same large wooden table with other hotel guests and some other foreign travellers who weren’t staying in the Hotel. The meal was prepared by Chef Séverine Sagnet and her assistant. They cooked in front of us, told us stories about food and their love for the local ingredients and we finished the dinner singing the famous children’s song Sur le pont d’Avignon.

What a beautiful experience to stay at Hotel La Mirande Avignon! I added this historical property to the list with my top 3 favourite hotels in the world.

The Viennese Girl visited Provence in partnership with Atout France and Volotea

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Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

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Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

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Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

During our fourth day in Provence, we found ourselves on the road with direction to Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence. I have seen this 5 stars hotel in many different publications, as well as photos in social medias. Needless to say, I was very excited for this visit and see it with my own eyes.

Upon arrival at the hotel, we got to try a few delightful regional delicacies at the restaurant La Cabro d’Or. We have been told that the ingredients that were used for the meals were gathered at the hotel’s garden. After we finished lunch, we were invited to have a quick glance into the kitchen, where we had the pleasure of personally meeting and thanking the chef and his colleagues for this lovely welcome.

Although I would have easily spent the whole day in the hotel, there were two activities on our schedule that I didn’t want to miss. First, a visit to Les Carrières de Lumières and second, a visit to Les Baux de Provence Village.

Unfortunately, I don’t have many photos from Les Baux de Provence Village because our visit was quite short, and by the time we were there, the mountain little village was crowded and the light was quite harsh.

Afterwards we returned to the hotel. But before we left for dinner at L’Oustau de Baumanière, we took some photos that you can see in the post above, in the beautiful gardens of Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence.

Later on, at the 2 star Michelin restaurant L’Oustau de Baumanière, we were offered an 8 course dinner. This must have been the best dinner I’ve ever had in my life. It’s hard to describe such a perfection with words. You have to go and experience it yourself. After this experience, I am afraid I will have some troubles with returning to my ordinary kitchen, and I have already started considering taking up French cooking lessons.

We only stayed one night at Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence, but for sure I can easily imagine spending one whole week in this magical place. The next day was day 6 in Provence, a day we had to leave this beautiful property very early in the morning for our drive to the next stop, to Luberon.

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The Viennese Girl visited Provence in partnership with Atout France and Volotea

Restaurant Le Saint Estève

Restaurant Le Saint Estève

Restaurant Le Saint Estève
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Restaurant Le Saint Estève

Restaurant Le Saint Estève
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Restaurant Le Saint Estève

Restaurant Le Saint Estève
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Restaurant Le Saint Estève

Restaurant Le Saint Estève
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Restaurant Le Saint EstèveAll the restaurants we visited during the press trip to Provence were just excellent and one of those was the Restaurant Le Saint Estève. If all the restaurants I get to go are like this, I would quit blogging about traveling and style, and I would start blogging about food, haha..

And indeed, I rarely feature restaurants and food on The Viennese Girl blog, but a place like Restaurant Le Saint Estève shouldn’t be left out of my online photography portfolio. And I am glad we went for lunch at Restaurant Le Saint Estève and not for dinner, because If we had gone for dinner, I wouldn’t have been able to take photos because of the lack of light.

It wasn’t just the food, it was a combination of things together that made it so special: the decor, the view to the mountains, the people, the light and of course each and every dish we got to try. If you happen to be in the beautiful region of Provence, you should definetely visit Restaurant Le Saint Estève because I am sure you will love it as much as we did. We even wanted to go for one last time before we left, but it was unfortunately not possible as we had a precise schedule to follow, and after three days in Aix en Provence, we had to drive to Les Baux-de-Provence.

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The Viennese Girl visited Provence in partnership with Atout France and Volotea

Three days in Aix en Provence

Three days in Aix en Provence

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Hotel in Aix en Provence: Hôtel Cézanne

On the 20th of April, I hopped on a Volotea direct flight from Vienna to Marseille. A driver picked me and Anastacia up from the airport and brought us to Aix en Provence where we would spend three fabulous and more importantly, sunny days. I wanted to highlight the word, sunny days, because one day before the departure, it snowed in Vienna which was a real damper…

I felt totally smitten with this little pretty city in the South of France from the very first day of my arrival and super excited to photograph this region as we were planning to stay in Provence for one week. Three days in Aix en Provence resulted in thousand of photos. Here I publish my favourite shots that made it to the final selection. The photos of this blog post serve as an overview of how three days in Aix en Provence were spent but let me also go through more details from day 1 to day 3. You might want to use those tips as a travel guide for your Aix en Provence trip.

Day 1: There was not much time at our disposal because we arrived quite late in the city. The first day in Aix en Provence, Anastacia went to a concert at the Jeu de Paume theater but I prefered to walk around (do you know how much I love walking?) and find the most photogenic places of the city. Place d’Albertas was undoubtedly one of those. We met afterwards at Place de Rotonde (the hot meeting point in Aix en Provence) and went for dinner at Le Jardin Mazarin.

Day 2: The second day started with a visit in the Atelier Cézanne. It’s a must for everybody who visits Aix en Provence, and especially for art lovers. I loved finding out more about the painter’s life and being myself in his studio, where he lived, worked and created art paintings. After that, we headed to the Restaurant Le Saint Estève but more of this I am going to tell you in the next blog post. Later on, we were asked whether we would like to visit Château La Coste or go back to Aix en Provence and continue strolling around the city center. I chose the second option. Yay! After a long stroll, we ended the day with yummy french crepes with butter!

Day 3: The third day started with a visit at the market. This is where I bought the straw hat that you see me wearing almost in all the photos. I always buy an accessory from the market everytime I am in France. Last year I bought a straw bag and this year a straw hat. (Next year, what? Stay tuned) We continued the day with a visit at Hotel de Gallifet where we had a look at «Les enfants du Graffiti exhibition» and met the owner of this beautiful space. Hotel de Gallifet was located next to Monsieur Chou shop, where we savoured mouthwatering small round cakes filled with chocolate, vanilla and pretty much with anything you can imagine. In the afternoon, we visited the Caumont Art Center where we checked out the Photo Exhibition «Marilyn Monroe – I Wanna Be Loved By You ». This Art Center was pure magic. I loved everything about it: the photo exhibition, architecture, cafe and restaurant, garden, interior design, everything! As a result, we spent a couple of hours here before we headed to the restaurant Le Môme for dinner.

In general, the old city is small, full of life and very easy to explore. You will find all the hot spots one next to the other. This is something I loved. Grab a map from the reception of your hotel, and go out to explore. To my surprise, there was an Apple Store (which is something we don’t have in Vienna….At least as of now we don’t!)

And now the best of all is that there is a chance for you to win two flight tickets, accomodation and a rental car to see Provence by yourself. How? Just fill in this form. The Viennese Girl blog wish you the best of luck!

Now, can I go back, s’il vous plaît?

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The Viennese Girl visited Provence in partnership with Atout France and Volotea

Rue Saint-Dominique

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Paris hotel recommendation: Green Spirit Hotels

Paris restaurant tip: Monjul

After visiting Paris again and again, one thing I can say with absolute certainty is that the 7th district is my favourite. Seriously, I have stayed in each and every arrondisement in this city and I am glad to be in the position to share my opinion regarding which area I liked more and which less.

Rue Saint-Dominique and the surroundings is the winner of my heart. This street has everything you want: flower shops, bakery shops, the cutest french cafes, bars and restaurants, and the cutest hotels in Paris: the Green Spirit Hotels. In addition to that, if you walk to the end of Rue Saint-Dominique, you will reach another one of my favourite boulevard, L’avenue de La Bourdonnais, which leads to the Eiffel tour.

The day I checked in at the Le Pavillon, I left the luggage in my room and went out to take some photos on Rue Saint-Dominique. A while later, it started pouring and I decided to retire to the hotel room to wait for Polina to come and have dinner with me at the Monjul

Monjul restaurant was on the other side of the city, and since it was raining we decided to take a taxi. Monjul was exactly what we needed for that night, a cozy place and great atmosphere to enjoy dinner with my friend and toast our Parisian adventure. For all of you who follow along on Instagramyou might already have seen the live stories from that night.

The Green Spirit hotels consists of 3 small colourful hotels in the 7th arrondisement: Le Pavillon, Amelie and Malar. We checked them all, except the fourth one which is located in Monmartre. They are not like the usual luxury properties that I often get to feature on The Viennese Girl blog. BUT they are an affordable solution for those who want to visit Paris, and maybe stay a little bit longer than a weekend, but don’t want to spend a fortune in accomodations…everybody knows how expensive this city is, and after all, you don’t go to Paris to stay in the hotel. You go to Paris to see the city, walk around and explore. You might also want to save some bucks from accomodation to invest on shopping in the french boutiques or on culinary experiences. At Le Pavillon we had a maisonette with a winding staircase that led from the living room to the bedroom. I recommend that you check out the white maisonette, and if you have children, look for a colourful room. I also recommend that you check the vision of the hotel which I personally found very interesting.

This Paris Fashion week from last March was filled with memories that brought a smile to my face as I am writing this. We met so many people who work in the 7th arrondisement and it felt more like we were home. If we forget that my French cell phone got lost (probably stolen) somewhere in Monmartre, everything else went just fine.

Every night on the way back to the hotel, we had the best view that anyone can have in Paris, again thanks to the amazing location of the Green Spirit Hotels. 

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Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

The first thing that was making me super excited about Paris Fashion Week last March was the Cartier Press Event, and the second thing was the Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris.

Oh yes, here on The Viennese Girl blog, we die for little glitter and glamour, why should we hide it anyway? And Paris has a lot of them to offer, that’s why we also go, why should we hide it anyway? And all those things together always remind me the reason why I started this blog: to escape the routine, get access to dreamy places, and do things I’ve never done before.

It was raining cats and dogs the moment we stepped in at The Peninsula for our afternoon tea. Perfect timing to be somewhere indoors. Polina and I hunkered down in the armchair and indulged in delicious finger sandwiches and pastries. While sipping tea and savouring scones served with cream and jams, we took those photos. At the same time, we tried to be as discreet as possible not to disturb other people in Le Lobby, although it was quite difficult to hide our enthusiasm. The luxurious setting at Le Lobby, impeccable service, live music of the chamber orchestra, delicious pastries and two glasses of champagne, everything made a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Paris. If you happent to be in the city, I would highly recommend you to treat yourself an Afternoon tea at the Peninsula Paris. 

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Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris

Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris
Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris
 

Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris

Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris
Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris
 
Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris
Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris
 

Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris

Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris

Since I have visited Paris several times already, I had the pleasure of staying in many hotels and in many different districts around the city. This time, I had the chance to stay at the Adèle et Jules, a boutique hotel situated in the 9th arrondissement in Paris. Because I have been traveling so often lately, I have become very picky when it comes to accomodation. With that being said, I was happy to discover one more gem in Paris, that I could comfortably call, my home away from home.

During my stay at the charming Adèle et Jules boutique hotel, I paid attention to each and every detail of the hotel. What I noticed (and loved as well) was their attention to the details. The colors matched with each other, the quality of the mattress, of the bathrobe and of all the textiles that were selected for use in this charming Parisian boutique hotel. I took some pictures of the interior design so that you can have a look. I hope this can be a helpful tip for your next visit to Paris.

Apart from the interion design, I also loved that there was an ATM right next to the corner of the hotel (important when in need of cash). In addition, the hotel is only a few minutes walk from the metro station Grands Boulevards.

Generally, I do love small boutique hotels. The private atmosphere, the laid-back feel, and the peace that they can offer you are experiences to be enjoyed. And the Adèle et Jules hotel is for those who are looking for a new, modern, clean and centrally situated boutique hotel in a nice neighborhood of Paris and for those who love clever and positive decor. I will definitely come back to Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris. ♥

From Vienna to Paris with Air France

From Vienna to Paris with Air France
From Vienna to Paris with Air France
 

From Vienna to Paris with Air France

From Vienna to Paris with Air France
From Vienna to Paris with Air France
 
From Vienna to Paris with Air France
From Vienna to Paris with Air France
 

From Vienna to Paris with Air France

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Outfit: Oui / shoes: Humanic

It feels like Paris and I have become much closer over the years. Just this past year alone, I have visited the city three times. If you want to see the articles and photos from my previous visits, you can find them here and my photos from my visit during the summer here.

I wouldn’t miss out on Fall in Paris. So, right after I came back from Marrakesh, I packed another luggage and left for Paris for one week. In this blog post, I’m publishing some photos of the hotel we stayed in and some from the photography stroll at Jardin du Luxembourg on a Saturday morning, so that you get an idea of how Paris looks like in the Fall. I have to admit, I was quite lucky with the weather. It rained a little bit during the first two days, but after that the weather was perfect and not cold at all. One trench coat (or something light) was all I needed, and I was off to take some pictures around the city.

There are still things that I haven’t done and places that I haven’t visited in the city, so I hope for one more trip to Paris before this year ends for good. If you also would love to visit Paris, have a look at the travel competition I organized with Atout France and Air France here. Subscribe to the newsletter of Atout France and win two plane tickets to Paris. I wish you good luck.

Many thanks to Hilton Paris Opera for the great hospitality. We loved our room ♥

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