Thanks to TA we had a lovely long weekend in Avignon. TA advice was especially valuable because Sunday and Monday many places are closed and we had to plan carefully. Here's my report:
We were there mid October, so no crowds--it would have been very different mid summer I am sure.
TGV from Paris, arrived Friday afternoon. We picked up car rented via AutoEurope, drove to town. We stayed in a classic room at the Hotel L'Europe, decent rate from booking ahead. Very conveniently located, easy to find because just inside the gate, valet parking at 18E per night.
Explored the town, then a delightful dinner at La Fourchette.
Saturday drove to Uzes for market day, stayed for lunch and explored the town including climbing the Duke's tower, the botanical garden. During lunch the town was so quiet we could get a wonderful sense of what it was like in the olden days. We had planned to go to Pont du Gard but it was raining and our feet were worn out so we bumped and went Monday morning instead. Dinner at La Petite Peche.
Sunday we went to Les Baux and toured the castle--fabulous--and then went to Les Carrieres which we enjoyed a lot. There is a dual ticket that you can purchase in Les Baux that covers both Chateau and Carrieres. We drove back through Arles, which was quite shut down, so we headed back to Avignon, went to Pope's Palace and great temporary contemporary art exhibition there. Had a drink at La Mirande which has gorgeous public rooms--we sat there for 45 minutes while we rested and recuperated!. Dinner at La Fou du Fafa (extra mile walk when we got lost)
Monday, Pont du Gard, where we spent 2 hours but wish we had planned more time to hike and picnic on trails, then back to Avignon for part two of art show which was open Monday--most other museums closed. TGV to airport.
Every choice was the right one--we decided to give time to fewer spots and spend more time at each which was the right decision--we probably hiked and climbed and walked 8-10 hours a day and that was to our liking. By slowing our pace we noticed more, and fall is a lovely time to walk and explore--not sure I would have enjoyed as much in 90 degree heat with crowds.
All of our meals were excellent--reserved several weeks ahead--these are tiny restaurants with one seating! Well priced for the excellent food and wine (at least compared to Paris!)