Adeline & Louis
Together with their families
21 June 2022
Joyously invite you to their wedding
March 13th, 2022: It's happening! Despite several complicating factors, we have decided to proceed with our wedding on June 21st, though with a much smaller guest list than originally planned. If you have received an updated Save the Date from us (with our new date), feel free to begin planning travel (see section below).
COVID Update: As of March 13th, a negative COVID-19 test is not required for fully-vaccinated travelers to enter France. To return to the US, a negative COVID test (PCR or rapid antigen) taken within 1 day of travel is required.
Avignon & Provence
Our wedding will take place, 20 minutes outside of Avignon, France, a beautiful historic city in the heart of Provence. Avignon is best known as the seat of the Catholic Church during the 14th century, during which seven successive popes resided in Avignon rather than Rome. The city boasts multiple UNESCO world heritage sites (including its city center) and is one of the only French cities to have preserved medieval ramparts.
Our top attractions in Avignon:
1. The Palace of the Popes (Le Palais des papes) - http://www.palais-des-papes.com/en
2. Pont Saint Bénézet - Take a stroll down this iconic bridge that served point of transport across the Rhône river until the 20th century. - https://avignon-tourisme.com/en/activities/avignon-bridge-pont-saint-benezet/
3. Jardin de Doms - Beautiful public garden located 30m above the Rhone river with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside - https://avignon-tourisme.com/en/activities/doms-garden/
Pont Saint Bénézet
Le palais des pâpes
Day trips in Provence
Pont du Gard
One of the tallest and best preserved ancient Roman aqueducts in the world, this historical site serves as an icon of Western antiquity. Multiple companies also offer guided kayak, canoe and cycling trips to the area (check Trip advisor for company reviews).
This quaint village, nicknamed "Venice of the Comat" due to the canals traversing its center, is also a major antiques center with both high-end galleries and a massive flea market with more than 300 stalls.
Châteauneuf-du-pape Wine region
Located just a few kilometers from our wedding venue, this prestigious wine region is known for its reds with warm, ripe tones and high alcohol content. Take a tour of its many cellars and wine estates, or the village that gives the region its name and includes the ruins of the summer home ("New Château") of a fourteenth century pope.
Pont du Gard
Hiking in the Lubéron:
The Lubéron regional nature park is has an area of over 165,000 hectares and is designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO due to its impressive biodiversity. The terrain includes three mountain ranges, diverse agricultural areas, and quaint hilltop villages. With over 1900 miles of designated walking trails, there are plenty of hikes to chose from, however a few recommended hikes are found on the site below:
What's even better than hiking through beautiful mountainous terrain? For some of you, it could be scaling the hills by bicycle. Check out some of the scenic cycling routes in the region.
Feeling ambitious? Skilled cyclists among you can even try nearby Mt. Ventoux, one of the most notorious climbs to be featured in the Tour de France: https://matadornetwork.com/read/amateurs-guide-biking-tour-de-frances-famous-routes/
A note for those traveling from the US
Please be sure that your passport expiration date is at least six months after the date of travel. If your passport is set to expire anytime in 2022, it requires immediate renewal before travel.
1. Paris: Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Orly (ORY)
CDG is France's major international hub with direct flights from multiple US cities including Charlotte, NYC, Chicago and Miami. For most this will likely be the best option to balance expense and convenience.
By train (Paris - Avignon): 2h 45min
By car: 6h 30 minutes (714km)
2. Marseille - Provence (MRS)
No direct flights from the US available, however multiple airlines offer flights directly to Marseille through London, Paris, and other European cities. Likely more expensive than flying into Paris.
By train (Marseille to Avignon): 30 minutes
By car: 1 hour (82.2km)
3. Lyon - Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS)
No direct flights from the US available, however flights are available through Munich and London. Closer, but likely more expensive than flying into Paris
By train (Lyon to Avignon): 1h 15 minutes
By car (to wedding venue): 2h 15 minutes (228km)
4. Barcelona (Spain) - El Prat (BCN)
Not the most convenient option, but flights to Spain are often significantly more affordable than those to France. The drive through Northern Spain and Southern France takes you along the Mediterranean sea and through the Pyrenees mountains and features some spectacular views. Consider this option if you would enjoy a scenic road trip before and after the event.
By car (to wedding venue): 4h 30 minutes (462km)
By bus --> train (Barcelona to Avignon): 6 hours
Travel by train
High speed trains will arrive at the station Gare d'Avignon TGV. To get to the Avignon city center, you may take a 10-minute cab/uber ride or take a different train (18 minutes, leaves every thirty minutes) toward Gare d'Avignon Centre. Tickets are available here: https://www.sncf.com/en
From Paris: Depart from Gare de Lyon (towards Marseille Saint-Charles, nonstop available)
From Lyon: Depart from Part Dieu Railway Station (toward Marseille Saint-Charles, nonstop available)
From Marseille: Depart from Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles (toward Lyon-Part-Dieu, nonstop available)
From Barcelona: Depart Barceona Nord by bus (ALSA - https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/home) to Perpignan. Change to regional train toward Gare d'Avignon Centre (15 stops, available at SNCF website above).
After the wedding, a shuttle will be going to the following hotels:
1. Hôtel Le Bristol
2. Hôtel Cloitre Saint Louis
4-star hotel with pool
3. Hôtel Boquier
4. Hôtel Le Colbert
If not booking one of these, we suggest another hotel in this area (southern part of Avignon city center, near Cr Jean Jaurès)
A shuttle will be available on the big day to the venue from Avignon city center.
For other activities and regional, Uber is available in Avignon. You can also rent a car using a valid US, EU or other international driver's license.
Your presence at our wedding would be the best gift we could imagine, but if you would like to contribute something else, please consider making a gift to one of our recommended charities.
International Rescue Committee
Provides support for refugees around the world, including those from Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Myanmar
"Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity."
Equal Justice Initiative
"The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society."