Never mind April in Paris. Au­tumn in Provence is per­fect

BREAK OUT THE BLUE CHEESE

The Hamilton Spectator - - TRAVEL -

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE — Never mind April in Paris. How about au­tumn in Provence? Fewer crowds, the weather is glo­ri­ous, the wine grape har­vest is in full swing and the ope­nair mar­kets are brim­ming with lo­cal pro­duce and herbs — in­clud­ing the laven­der that bloomed all sum­mer and is now freshly dried and ready to take home.

Trac­tors pulling trail­ers piled with grapes creep from vine­yard to win­ery, where you can watch the crush­ing be­gin as the first step in trans­form­ing grapes to rose wines.

You can get there on the high-speed TGV train from Paris, a three-and-a-half-hour trip to Aix-en-Provence.

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