Passing through Valence, France? Here’s a quickie on what to see. . . in pictures

On the way up to Lake Geneva (Lac Lehman for you French speakers) from the Agde on the Mediterranean coast of France during last year’s family fun camping road trip, we had an overnight stay in Valence, France. There wasn’t much that our go-slow touring family could do in a town for an overnight stay. So we just drove to the city center, winging it, and landed at a huge, truly family-friendly park called Parc Jouvet.

It had several play areas for differing ages, lots of shade from mature trees and lots of luscious green grass. It has a small lake. Perfect for picnic and play in the summer. It even had water sprays which is always an endless form of entertainment for kids. It is also next to Esplanade du Champ de Mars. Paid parking was just underground next to the park, making it super easy for a quick stop. Valence has a lot more to offer, but if you are just passing by this park might just give you some rest, recreation and recuperation time.

Here are some pics.

P.S. We had wanted to get all the posts out from the places we visited last summer and it seems that I was a bit ambitious. . . we ran out of time since our next summer camping road trip begins next week! So, we’ll take a pause from this series, and post new ones. See you on the road. . . again!

Two young boys at the "heart" of Valence with a monument and trees in the background. 

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At the heart of Valence on Esplanade du Champ de Mars.

A couple (of lovers?) relaxing on the grass at Esplanade du Champ de Mars.

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Chilling time at Esplanade du Champ de Mars.
Entrance to Parc Jouvet with a view of the rocky slopes of a nearby mountain, under clear blue summer sky.

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Manicured lawns and luscious greenery of Parc Jouvet under clear blue summer sky.
Summer fountains of Parc Jouvet.

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Summer fountains of Parc Jouvet
Two young children at the entrance of Parc Jouvet, overlooking the luscious greenspace of the park.

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K+K got so excited when they saw the wide open green space and the playground.
One of the playgrounds at Parc Jouvet, surrounded by trees, with the city's buildings in the background.

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One of the playgrounds at Parc Jouvet. . . hours of play, picnic and siesta in the shade!

Map of the city center (plan de quartier) of Valence, France.

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Map of the city center of Valence, France. The green spaces next to each other are Parc Jouvet and Esplanade du Champ de Mars.
The heart of Valence at the Esplanade du Champ de Mars.

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Sunny-side-up greetings from the heart of Valence at the Esplanade du Champ de Mars.
A quirky playground at Parc Jouvet.

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A quirky playground at Parc Jouvet. . . so many play areas for a fun family time.

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