A Review of Walk & Eat Avignon
Posted by Mark Armstrong 27th August 2012
Sunflower Book's Walk & Eat Avignon is a pocket sized guidebook for walkers who love food. It contains walks in Avignon, Nimes, Arles, St Remy and the surrounding countryside. It has 10 varied day walks designed for visitors using public transport, so will necessarily omit some of the best countryside walks around this area. However, it does also detail if there are train, coach or boat excursions available. The book is also written from the perspective of self-catering, hence the recipes within the book, but recommends a restaurant in each of the towns so you can take your pick. The town walks have useful background historical information as well as useful photographs and maps. The town walks are useful guides to ensure you make the most of your visit.
The authors, John and Pat Underwood, made their visit to the area to write the guide (although they have visited many times before) during the winter, so you will see some pictures and comments reflecting that. Their comments can seem from a personal standpoint and sometimes seem off-putting ("remember that from mid-June to mid-September it's usually swelteringly hot, crowded to overflowing, and prices are at their highest"), but I would view them as being refreshingly honest and upfront. Their personal viewpoint also leads to information that may be very useful for some visitors, such as the section looking at food intolerances.
Avignon has the best transport links and so is suggested as being used as the base to travel from. Please note that although the book is called Walk & Eat Avignon, there is only 1 walk in Avignon itself and 1 restaurant mentioned in Avignon. The book covers the area of what they call the 'golden triangle', with the Roman cities of Nimes and Arles forming the base. So don't expect a restaurant guide to Avignon.
The book also contains french words and phrases to help specifically with menu choices and food purchasing.
A very useful, well illustrated pocket guide with very handy transport information, links to useful websites and recipes for those that wish to bring home a slice of Provence.
A short break in Avignon can easily be added to our independent or guided walking holiday in the Baronnies: