Waking up this morning was horrible as we knew it was our last day in France, our last morning with our new favourite doggles and most of all this beautiful little house we have called home during our house-sitting mission.
With this said, it has been a wonderful experience. We have successfully completed our first house sit, the dogs are still alive, and we have made friends for life with our hosts so overall it has been wonderful. As our flight wasn’t until 7pm we made the drive to Les Baux-de-Provence which is a very picturesque Medieval village at a fortified rocky site between Arles and St Remy-de-Provence.
Our hosts had mentioned going to the CARRIÈRES DE LUMIÈRES but as it was Heritage day in France, they offer a reduced price so we felt our chances were slim. Regardless, we made the hour long drive up the mountain and we were in utter awe from the second we arrived. Nestled within the rocks is the beautiful Les Baux-de-Provence village. Filled with long, narrow cobblestone streets between grey-stone Medieval buildings, this compact, ancient village had plenty of shops and nice-looking (but pricey) eateries scattered through. It was truly picturesque.
A small tip as it gets mega busy here is to park down at the cave café, grab a coffee and keep your receipt as then you can park at his private car park and save the $5EURO fee that is everywhere else along the region. ANDDDDDD… you get a coffee out of it which is always a winner! Caffeine fuelled we made our way to attempt the queue at carriers de Lumieres which to our pleasant surprise took only 15 minutes until we had purchased tickets and were waiting to enter this incredibly unique experience. Pretty much this is a limestone cave that was formed A LONG time ago and it has been developed into a fantastic exhibition hall for interactive art. The 2 art shows that were playing were Vincent Van Gogh’s work and Dreamed Japan.
Quite honestly, we have both never seen anything like it. It felt as though you were moving through time and space and encapsulates you in ways I never thought possible through light and art. It is such an incredible experience, if I had the chance to return I would each week until the exhibit was over. It was just one of these special moments and for $11EURO, money well spent.
After 1 hour and both shows we headed back to the beautiful little cave café and got some lunch. It was an incredible buffalo mozzarella and tomato salad served with fresh bread and was to die for. This week I have honestly found it difficult to fit into my clothes as we have eaten so much but while in France … it’s worth it.
Arriving at Nimes Airport that evening was eye-opening, mostly because it is total shit and to make it worse, we flew Ryan Air, and to make it even worse we had to walk to our plane in the pissing rain and were assigned separate seats away from each other. I guess that’s what we can expect but after such a superb day, I didn’t even care that upon entering the plane I was soaked through. Roll on Marrakech!
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Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. This year we are taking a gap year to loop the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and I'm passionate about sharing these adventures with you!