Day 3 has possibly been my favourite day yet! Unfortunately, we still haven’t been able to leave the town of Arles due to a high volume of water coming from the Swiss Alps. However, I can’t stress enough how phenomenal the AmaWaterways staff have been, they have everything in place to ensure that everyone has an amazing time despite difficult circumstances.
This morning, I had breakfast again in the lounge before heading off to Avignon for our excursion. Our ship was supposed to sail to Avignon however there is still far too much water so we may not be able to sail until Tuesday. However, our excursions still went ahead as planned so I went on the amazing Tastes of Avignon Excursion. We had to get a coach into Avignon, which took roughly 40 minutes then we did a walking tour of the City with stops at some culinary delights.
The first place we stopped for tasting was La Cure Gourmande which was a gorgeous
confectionery in the heart of the town. Here we tried some beautiful homemade lemon biscuits, dark chocolate candied lemon, lavender chocolate and chocolate olives.
Following the confectionary we headed to the market in Arles where we did cheese and olive tasting. My favourite was a pickled garlic clove, which was absolutely amazing. After the market we had some free time to enjoy the Christmas Markets, before walking past the medieval gothic Palais des Papes which was phenomenal.
After our morning excursion we were transferred back to the ship for lunch, where we dined in the lounge for a casual lunch. We all opted for the Margarita Pizza, which is available each day. The Bistro Menu in the lounge changes each day, with a good selection of dishes, along with a good selection of soft and alcoholic drinks included.
This afternoon we spent some time relaxing in the lounge with some nibbles and afternoon teabefore getting ready for dinner which was the La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs menu. The La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (“The Royal Guild of Goose Roasters”) is an invitation-only membership organization for individuals and institutions possessing world-class culinary acumen. I will go into more detail about this meal with the menu in my food & drink blog, however it was a stunning menu.
This evening, before dinner at the Sip & Sail the chosen cocktail was a French Martini with is my favourite. Sip & Sail is the hour before dinner where drinks are included. Each night there is a different cocktail, accompanied by spirits, soft drinks, sparkling wine and more.
After dinner we headed back up for the entertainment. The entertainment on board is brilliant. Tonight was a singer and pianist who really engaged everyone, so we all had an amazing time on the dance floor.
Tomorrow we head to the university town Aix-De-Provence which is best known for its Cathedral, Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur, a Romanesque-Gothic church that dates back to the 5th century. Aixen-Provence is often referred to as the “City of a Thousand Fountains” due to the numerous fountains located throughout the city.
As the water levels are still sadly high, we are in Arles again tomorrow, but I can not stress
enough how amazing the staff have been. Our cruise manager Hèlen was worked around the clock to provide us with amazing excursions despite not being able to move on to our next destination.
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