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While researching for our next trip to France,  I stumbled upon Steve Smith’s presentation on You Tube, which I wrote about in my last entry – and almost forgot to report on the final evening we spent in Avignon before we returned to London, via TVG to Paris and Eurostar to London-so here goes:

On our return in the late afternoon from the magnificent Pont du Gard, we made it our business to soak up as much of the convivial atmosphere in Avignon as we could. Performers in town for the Annual Arts Festival continued to entertain as the sun went down. We walked the lovely tree-lined streets and watched the colourful pagentry unfold as we sought out the two restaurants highly recommended by Elodie, our tour guide.  We had decided to treat ourselves to a beautiful meal to end what had been an exquisite time in Provence. La Fourchette was fully booked but we were lucky enough to gain outdoor seating at L’Isle Sonnante, where we had the best meal of our entire trip – the restaurant owners were welcoming and helpful, the ambience was perfect, the food was delicious and beautifully presented – it was truly a perfect conclusion to a very full and exciting day.

The following morning, we readied ourselves to leave on the TGV for Paris, knowing full well we would return to Provence – luckily that will be in May 2014 . And while I have your attention, if you get a chance to travel via TGV in France or Eurostar – go for it – both trains offer a fast, efficient and very comfortable service – it is a brilliant way to travel, especially if like me, you are not keen on flying. Initially I was not thrilled about being in a train under the English Channel either, but it was so exciting, so different – I would recommend it to anyone. We certainly intend to do it again, just for the thrill of it, when we return to France next year….