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[2 Jan 2013 | 3 Comments | 3,294 views]
Alain Ducasse’s La Bastide de Moustiers

Our final show-stopping meal in Provence was at Bastide de Moustiers in Moustiers, an Alain Ducasse restaurant and inn in Moustiers Sainte Marie. It was about an hour and a half drive from our hotel in Aix, but the drive was beautiful, and the meal was perfect in every way.
Before we left for our trip, Adam had met with our friend Danika Boyle, owner of Petite Peche & Co., an Austin company that specializes in intimate travel experiences and behind the scenes access to Provence, Paris and Florence for …

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[2 Jan 2013 | 6 Comments | 5,362 views]
Le Castelas: Provence Lunch of a Lifetime

I hope you will forgive me for posting about a meal I had a year and a half ago. It’s one of the dining experiences that you should have before you die if at all possible (especially if you are ever in the Luberon, in France).
On our trip to Provence, two of the best meals we had took place at the end of the trip, and each location was remote, so our day was basically spent driving to lunch and then to wherever we were going to sleep that night. …

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[29 Dec 2012 | 6 Comments | 4,161 views]
Chez Serge in Carpentras, France

We ended up at Chez Serge in Carpentras on the recommendation of Yoko, our wine tasting guide at M. Chapoutier in Tain-l’Hermitage, France. She told us that Chez Serge was known for their truffles and wine, and since we were on a driving tour of Provence, we didn’t mind the fact that Carpentras was an hour and a half away.

As you quickly learn when you travel, you have to take chances and take recommendations from the right people, and just hope it works out in the end. Sometimes this results …

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[28 Dec 2012 | 4 Comments | 3,006 views]
Memorable Places to Stay in Provence

This post is more than a year overdue, but I wanted to quickly share info on two places we stayed in Provence that we thought were quite lovely. There are of course tons of other places to stay in this region, and while these spots worked for us and our itinerary, they may not work for everyone, and they certainly aren’t destination stays on their own. However, we really enjoyed them and found them to be a good value for our money.
The first place, is Apres la Sieste, located north …

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[26 Aug 2012 | 9 Comments | 4,750 views]
Amsterdam: Rijstaffel and Bols Museum

My last post about the Whole Foods Foodie Fantasy contest trip that we took was last November, but I’m determined to finish these up before the one year anniversary of our trip so that I have them to share with others going to Europe.
Before we hit Bruges, or Brugge, Belgium, we were in Amsterdam so obviously these posts aren’t in chronological order.
I had never been to Amsterdam, and one of the first things I noticed is that there were bicycles everywhere!

Other first impressions of Amsterdam: gorgeous buildings, canals everywhere, charming …

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