Friday, November 8, 2013

Avignon {wining + dining}

Before going to see Les Luminessences d'Avignon, we decided to treat ourselves to dinner and drinks in the city (this country mouse needs to get a dose of city living every now and then). As I walked around, I tried to really pay attention and soak all of Avignon in. I wasn't in quite full on Holiday Eyes mode, but I wasn't being completely blasé about it all either, so when I came across something that took my fancy, I snapped a picture, or in this case, Gregory snapped one. 

It should be noted that Gregory is a worse photographer than I am. Whereas my shabbiness lies in lack of skill, his is lack of patience. He holds up a camera and snaps so quickly that nine times of of ten, the photo usually comes out all sorts of fuzzy. 

I came across this dapper gentleman hanging out outside of a toy shop and decided he deserved a shot. He's very shiny. 

For the first time in the however many visits I've made to Avignon, I looked up at the buildings and spotted the small statues that adorn them. 

Do you see that copper pot hanging there? Does anyone know what it means? I've seen it a few times over here, there was even one hanging outside my house when we moved in, but I haven't a clue what it's all about.

We stopped into my favorite wine bar in the city, Avitus. Mrs. London and I opted for white. There's a Sancerre there and a Bourgogne Blanc. They got switched though and neither one of us could tell which was which. Oh well, they were both delicious. 

Dinner was at Le 26, a restaurant that has moved right to the top of my I heart Avignon list. (Seriously, if you are in Avignon, eat there. Oh, and don't forgot to call me so I can join you.)

A bottle of Cairrane, fois gras, and a steak swimming in a creamy morel mushroom sauce and served on a puff pastry bun... oh la la! Bring on the gout! 

As we we made our way to the Palais des Papes for the light show, we passed by an elegant courtyard, hidden behind a baroque fence. Being the nosy creatures we are, we stuck our heads through to have a look. Sure enough, it was just as quaint and charming as we'd imagined. 

"I'd like to live here" I said. And then Mrs. London pointed out the plaque hanging on the door next to it and replied, "Me too."

Barbie can keep her dream house, me, I'll take the House of Wine. 

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  1. You're still drinking white? When is your cut off day to switch to red? Mine is mid-September and now it's all sorts of heavy Bordeaux and Bourgognes! Miam,

    Are Christmas decorations starting to creep in by you? They are here!

    And "A bottle of Cairrane, fois gras, and a steak swimming in a creamy morel mushroom sauce and served on a puff pastry bun.." Ah, La France. Amazing.

    Bon week-end! xo.

    1. This was the end of September, my last weekend with white (except for when I made the tartiflette). I'm all about my Bordeaux now.

  2. Love the shiny Pinocchio! Mmm, wine. Who cares which is which? Just drink them ;-)

  3. You have me about to book my trip for the food alone!

  4. Everything looks beautiful and delicious and I am so moving into the House of Wine with you. Except after about three months it would just be the House of Empty Barrels, I fear.

  5. Foxy red pants! I would like to move into the house of Loire wines, they still have my undivided loyalty :) (Well, a little bit divided with Champagne!)

  6. Ugh, so jealous of these little jaunts to nice places with beautiful weather and good food. Please send a little of all of that out east, OK?!

  7. See! You need me. I can help you keep your Bourgogne Blanc from your Sancerre with one tiny sniff! This place, sounds like I want to live there too...

  8. I love getting my French fix from your blog! : )

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

  9. looks like an awesome day! and all that wine and food {swooooon}

    Little Blue Backpack

  10. Yes, I'll definitely take the House of Wines.

  11. Love the Pinocchio and your red pants!

  12. Lovely, lovely food (and wine!!) Sounds like you had a really great time. Aren't there some WONDERFUL restaurants in France?!

  13. totally - forget Barbie. i'll take the house of wine and a serving of that puff pastry thing-y :))

  14. The food looked amazing! Sounds wonderful!

  15. Oh, food porn. Yum! And of course, wiiiiine :)

  16. This looks like a fun day! And Avignon looks like a city I need to visit. I have to confess I haven't really been in France yet. I need to put it on my list of places to go to :)
    You make me curious about so many places!
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend :)

  17. As Samantha said, a little sniff would tell you the difference between the Sancerre and Bourgogne Blanc as they are distinctly different. Lucky for you, the color as you can see from your picture shows you another way to tell them apart. The Sancerre wine on the left is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes and probably was vinified only in stainless steel tanks so the wine didn't pick up any color from oak tanks. The Bourgogne Blanc wine was made from Chardonnay grapes and was partially or totally vinified in oak barrels which imparted some color to the wine.

  18. ZOMG that cream puff bun! Out of control. Looks like a great time!
    eileen ragan | leaner by the lake

  19. Absolutely LOVE Avignon!! I'm from Antibes and when I was a teen I took the train over twice for lunch and a day spent wandering the streets. Such a gorgeous place!!


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