vaison-la-romaine is one of my favourite places in the world. it's a special place to me because my grandma lives here. every time i visit france, the first stop is paris and then i jump on the TGV train straight to provence to spend a week or two with her. every corner of vaison is like a postcard and there is so much history from roman times. maybe the most incredible example is the beautiful single arch bridge that was built in the first century and is still in use today. and also wandering through all the windy little streets and galleries up in the old town where you can stop for lunch and rose at one of the many bars and restaurants.
vaison is famous for its open air market. you’ll find everything from fresh produce (some of the most amazing figs, cherries, olives, goats cheese and peaches i've ever had), handmade clothing and jewellery and even beautiful wines made in the surrounding villages every tuesday, all year round. if you ever visit france, i highly recommend getting yourself a car and driving through provence. every town and village is so close together and have their own individual perks and charm. the locals are all really welcoming and the food and wine is amazing.
HIGHLIGHTS OF VAISON-LA-ROMAINE
- mornings exploring the open air markets and purchasing beautiful produce
- mala's (my grandma's) cooking. artichokes, ratatouille, tomato provincial to name a few
- drinking rosé and taking in the view at le breffoi
- aperitifs and the most beautiful authentic french dinner at family run restaurant auberge la bartavelle
- hike up to the black madonna and mont ventoux
- laying by the river with a picnic and a book (that's actually where i decided to start dérrive)
- walking up through old town to admire the old buildings, galleries, fountains and restaurants
- cheese and wine shops everywhere
- day trips to surrounding villages like séguret and stopping along to way to pick the fresh cherries and apricots
here are some of our favourite photos from our last few trips there :) more to come on other towns and villages we explored on our provincial road trip.