Friday, February 27, 2015

Where We Stayed, What We Ate and What We Saw

I know I have mentioned AirBNB before, but it is worth mentioning again.  We love to find an apartment or house for our adventures.  Our trip to Provence took us to a 2 bedroom apartment with a private indoor pool.  We never know exactly what we are going to get, but all but 1 time we have been very pleased with our choice.

The kids were very pleased with our choice this time.  The indoor pool was heated and the kids had a good time.  Peggy, the hostess, was so sweet and so accommodating.  The house was in Senas, about 45 minutes north of Marseille.  It was about 5 minutes from the interstate and we were able to visit quite a few places and could have spent more time there.  

When traveling with children we have ended up looking for food too many times.  We knew we would have a kitchen so we brought food for one dinner with our favorite meals is fresh ravioli.  It is easy and fast to cook.  We packed a cooler with milk for our cereal in the morning and the ravioli.  A jar of sauce and a box of cereal and we were ready to go.

We had planned a day in Marseille with a ferry ride to Chateau d'If from the Count of Monte Cristo.  Unfortunately this glorious sunshine was accompanied by a ridiculous wind.  All ferries to the Chateau d'If were canceled for the day.  We were so bummed and our enthusiasm for Marseille was seriously diminished.  

We did walk around for a bit, enjoyed a wonderful Starbucks, and I bought some savon, authentic Marseille soap. 

After that we hopped in the car and headed to Orange to see what Roman ruins we could find.  I didn't edit this picture at all.  I love the colors here in France.

The kids took a rest in the car and we made our way to Orange.  This statue was next to the parking lot.

It is always fun to see places the US Army liberated.  

Orange is a small town, and it seems to be more seasonal.  There was some construction going on and several of the shops were closed.  

The big attraction in Orange is the Roman Theater.  This theater is in amazing condition.  We climbed these steps and I loved how worn they are.

This is the theater wall and that is Garrett at the bottom to give you an idea of the scale.

Bennett really enjoyed listening to the audio guide and learning about the site.

It was a short trip, but we had a lot of fun.  We would definitely come back to this part of France again if we had more time.  

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