With a crisp British accent, the pilot made the customary final announcement before touching down in London, “Attendants, get ready for landing.” I glanced out the window and saw the vast metropolis below with the famous River Thames snaking through the center. I had to snap a picture, because everything blended together in shades of gray. Gray clouds, gray river, gray buildings, gray air, such a contrast to sunny Provence, where we’d spent the last week.
To understand the disparity, check out this image from my Instagram feed, it makes me laugh…
But you know what? Despite quintessentially dreary English fall skies and gray drizzle, we were thrilled to arrive back in London. There were four little rays of sunshine to enthusiastically greet us on our return, so it didn’t matter how contrary the weather was.
It’s funny how quickly a trip fades into merely a pleasant memory. Life has a way of rushing past, doesn’t it? Before we close the books on our time in Provence though, we wanted to share another post, actually two – this one, on our accommodations in Provence and the second (tomorrow) sharing some practical and money-saving tips we’ve gleaned on our travels. We decided to break it into two posts as the topics are quite different.
I still can’t believe we stayed in this delightful apartment in Apt France. I booked it last summer through Airbnb. If you’re not familiar with Airbnb, and you enjoy traveling, it’s a wonderful alternative to expensive hotels, and has gained crazy popularity all over the world in recent years.
Before we decided to use Airbnb, I checked it out online. It was started in 2008 and it’s basically an organization that helps people list, find and rent lodging. Their byline is “Local destinations for a global community”. In other words, if I have an extra room, spare apartment, house, igloo or castle and you need a place to stay, Airbnb helps coordinate that. Airbnb is the go-between, they screen both owners and renters, confirm travel dates, post reviews from previous travelers and take care of lots of other details.
We were very pleased with our first Airbnb experience in Provence and wanted to show the lovely apartment we were able to rent for less than $1100. That comes out to right around$157 per night, the price of an average, very ordinary hotel room in Provence. Check out the pics below and see what you think.