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Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

Les Baux de Provence Village
Les Baux de Provence Village
 

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.

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

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.

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

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.

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Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

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.

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

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.

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
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.

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Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
 
Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
 

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.

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
 

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Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

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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.

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Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

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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Restaurant Le Saint Estève

Restaurant Le Saint Estève

Restaurant Le Saint Estève

All the restaurants we visited during the press trip to Provence were just excellent. 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..

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Restaurant Le Saint Estève
 

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Restaurant Le Saint Estève
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Restaurant Le Saint Estève

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Restaurant Le Saint Estève
 

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.

Restaurant Le Saint Estève

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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.

Restaurant Le Saint Estève

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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Three days in Aix en Provence

Three days in Aix en Provence

Three days in Aix en Provence 

On the 20th of April, I hopped on a Volotea direct flight from Vienna to Marseille. A driver picked me up from the airport and brought me to Aix en Provence where I would spend three fabulous 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…

Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 

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.

Let me go through more details from day 1 to day 3. You might find these tips useful for your trip to Aix en Provence.

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Aix en Provence 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.

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.

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Three days in Aix en Provence
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Aix en Provence 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. Being in his studio, where he lived, worked and created art paintings was a very inspiring experience.

After that, we headed to the Restaurant Le Saint Estève. 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!

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Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 

Aix en Provence 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, 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.

Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 

Three days in Aix en Provence

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.

Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 
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Three days in Aix en Provence
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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!)

Three days in Aix en Provence
Three days in Aix en Provence
 

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Rue Saint-Dominique

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Paris hotel recommendation
 

Rue Saint-Dominique

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

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Paris hotel recommendation
 

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.

Rue Saint-Dominique
Rue Saint-Dominique
 

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

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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.

Rue Saint-Dominique
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Rue Saint-Dominique
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Paris hotel recommendation

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.

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.

Paris Fashion week

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.

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