I woke early again, dang that jet lag, had, breakfast, then went for another walk up all those stairs to Sacre Coeur and around Place du Terte. I was due at Gare Du Lyon to catch my train to Avignon, and decided to spend the money on a taxi so I could see a little more of Paris.
I had treated myself to a first class rail pass (not as expensive as you might think) and very comfortably ejoyed the 2 3/4 hour journey through the beautiful French countryside. I was met off the train by a taxi driver (and by the way, it was nearly 10 degrees warmer here than in Paris – sorry to all of you who are shivering in SA – its about 28 in Provence!). The driver took me to my hotel in St Remy-de-Provence, the Hotel Gounod, which is very nice indeed! Wonderful decor, a gorgeous bed with white linen, bath products from L’Occitane en Provence (yum) and the scent of Verbena in the air! Far nicer than what I would normally stay in.
I went for a walk around the old town, which was full of all those lovely crafts and products I could not afford nor had room for in my suitcase. At 5pm I was met by Jean-Marc who was to give me an orientation on my waking tour. He quickly whisked me through the topographic maps (too quickly?) then left me to it.
Dinner was a part of the package and was at the Hotel Le Mas des Carassins. I ate the most gorgeous meal I have had in ages (5 courses) seated in a beautiful garden. Just lovely! Then it was a lovely walk home to my hotel and bed.