By Stacey Leasca
June 17, 2019
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The entire Obama family is back on the vacation grind, this time in the south of France.

Ever since leaving the White House, Barack, Michelle, and their two daughters Sasha and Malia have been gallivanting around the globe, taking in the sights and living their best life. The family has been spotted on private yachts in French Polynesia, spending time with Richard Branson on his private island, and doing a bit of shopping in Italy.

This week, the foursome was spotted in Avignon, a city located in the Provence region. According to The Daily Mail, the girls treated their dad to a Father’s Day dinner celebration at the Michelin-starred restaurant La Mirande on Sunday. According to the restaurant’s website, it’s a “...timeless hideaway [that] offers an experience of daydreaming, strolling and authenticity, in a tasteful décor, evocative of 18th century atmospheres and the relaxed lifestyle of the houses of the past.”

The U.S. flag is displayed on the tourist office of Villeneuve-les-Avignon, southern France on June 15, 2019, as the former US president Barack Obama and his family visit the city for a week's vacation. Former US president Obama and his family arrived on June 14 evening in southern France for a week's vacation near Avignon, the Provencal city that was home to the pope in the 14th century, local authorities said.
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According to the local newspaper Midi Libre, the family is staying at a 65-acre, $62,000-a-week 18th-century luxury farmhouse on Bathelasse Island.

Beyond dining and staying together the family is also reportedly adventuring around town together. Prior to dinner, the family paid a visit to the Palais des Papes, the biggest gothic palace in the world.

As The Daily Mail noted, the palace was built by popes in the 1300s. Inside, the family likely took in the more than 25 rooms that are open for public touring. The rooms, Daily Mail reported, include the Grande Audience Hall and the Consistory where hearings were held.

According to the palace’s website, tourists are also invited to explore private apartments where the pope lived, including the Papal Chamber and the Stag Room, which is “decorated with frescoes on a naturalistic, secular theme.”

No word on how long the family is expected to stay in town, but it can’t be too long. After all, they do need to make their annual summer pilgrimage to Martha’s Vineyard soon, too.

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