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Unless you are visiting one of the markets, just forget about sightseeing in Provence on Sundays. Shops, public transportation and museums grind to a halt. Have a long lazy lunch instead, then go for a stroll in the countryside. A great place to eat is l’Ousteau de Baumaniere, in Les Baux de Provence , they used to serve a bloody Mary sorbet stuffed in a tomato, it was just delicious to the taste. In the summer time it is a great place for people -watching, I also like the terrace where you can  enjoy the sun as you eat. Also don’t always order rose with everything, Provence also has wonderful reds. Bandol is one of my favorite villages, very pretty and it produces some of the finest wines. Wander the streets and make a stop for wine tastings.

A few recommendations for shopping in Provence.

Amandine, 69 Boulevard Eugene – Pierre, Marseille. If you love chocolate you are in for a treat  because this is a temple to the owner’s love of everything chocolate. It also sells teapots in numerous variations as well as postcards. http://www.patisserieamandine.fr

Avignon’s Flower and flea market.

Located in Place des Carmes it’s always worth making a stop on Sunday mornings. Amid the huge flower displays, you will find ornements and bric-a-brac, including herb cutter for your Provencal thyme.

Fragonard home shop.

2 Rue Amiral de Grasse.  stocks everything you need to add a touch of Riviera chic to your home. From white quilted eiderdowns to blue-stripe crockery and wicker laundry baskets. http://www.fragonard.com

Anne Suire

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Patisserie Amandine.

Patisserie Amandine.

Fragonard, the shop in Grasse

Fragonard, the shop in Grasse

Flea market in Avignon

Flea market in Avignon

Avignon flea market

Avignon flea market

Flower market in Avignon.

Flower market in Avignon.