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Report 1417: Return to the Luberon

By Doug Phillips from Ontario, Fall 2007

Trip Description: A 10-day return visit to the south of France, following 12 days in Italy and two days in Paris with our two sons.

Destinations: Countries - France; Regions/Cities - Provence

Categories: Vacation Rentals; Attended GTG; Day Tours; Foodie Trip; Sightseeing; Wine Trip; Independent Travel; 2 People

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Mas de Briançonceu

In September 2007, my Beautiful Wife (BW) and I did something that we had never done on our previous visits to the Algarve in 2002, Tuscany in 2004, Provence in 2005 or Paris in 2006.

We returned to the same location for the second time. We had spent two weeks at Mas de Brianconçeu, between Menerbes and Lacoste, in the Luberon part of Provence in September 2005 and enjoyed our experience tremendously (Footloose in Provence and Paris, TR798). We had tentative plans to return the following year. However, most happily, one of our two daughters got married in May 2006 and our travel plans had been limited to a week in Paris in October (A Traveler in Paris, TR1135) – but 2007 for sure.

We had hoped to return to Mas de Brianconçeu for another two weeks, but by the time I was ready to do the booking, the owner, Josiane Deflaux, informed me that only the first week was available. So our return visit to the Luberon was limited to 10 days, with the last three at Auberge du Presbytere in Saignon, thanks to a recommendation from Kathy Wood.

The first part of September was spent in Rome Italy with Steve and Brad, our two sons (Roman Holiday, TR1396). After two days in Paris, the four of us took the RER train out to Charles de Gaulle airport and went our separate ways. Steve and Brad had to return home to Canada, while BW and I took the TGV to Avignon. I had booked and printed our train tickets a couple of months earlier at my computer back home in Canada. We got two return PREM tickets for €100 – a great bargain.

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