Bonjour! It’s Day 22 of my 100-day trip to Europe, and I’m in Provence, France. Each city here has a great market hall, and Les Halles de Nîmes has a special extra touch: The merchants’ names and photos are hanging from the ceiling. In this clip, with my good local guide Silvie, I share a special budget tip: Eat at the diners in the markets — the quality is great, prices are amazing, and you might even meet a politician trying to win your vote.
The south of France is so comfortable in May (no crowds, great weather). Expensive? $100 hotel doubles, $10 lunches, and lots of free fun if you know how to travel. Tips? You’ll find about 600 pages of them in the Rick Steves guidebook for this corner of Europe.