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Travel Diaries: Fontainebleau and Avignon

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After a rather wonderful few days in Europe, you can read more here, it was time to visit the Beaujolais wine region as well as for a stop in both Fontainebleau and Avignon.

We made our way south and stopped 16th century Château Fontainebleau. After a stroll around the imperial gardens we continued to through Burgundy’s wine country to Beaujolais’ green hills and vineyards.

Our next stop was a 16th century Château, it was simply magical.  After settling in it was time for wine tasting within the Château’s working winery, and we sipped on Beaujolais wine which, while it was fantastic, did not measure up to South Africa’s finest.

After relaxing at the Château’s pool and a night of traditional French cuisine and a little more wine and partying to end off the night we finally made out way to bed and got ready for Provence in the morning.

We unwound and admired the rustic beauty of Provence, with its landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs.

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We had a lunch stop in the Popes’ fomer seat of power, Avignon and took in the town’s Roman heritage. Sampling ice cream and all the food on offer it was time to make out way to the French Riviera.

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We visited the Fragonard Perfumery and learnt about how perfume is made, a few people managed to pick up a bottle or 2 at great prices, it was then back on the road and we made our way to Antibes.

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The French Riviera was an incredible place, we gambled in Monaco, visited Nice and had the most relaxing few days.

Keep an eye out for more in Travel Diaries. Day 5 & 6, coming soon!

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