Sending happy mid-week vibes to you wherever you are in the world!
A few months ago, I read a book titled “The little Paris bookshop” by Nina George. The main character had a floating bookshop (retirement goals) which he sailed along the Rhône river in search of healing and closure. While the book started out slow for me, it picked up towards the end and left me wanting to visit France – not Paris, that would be weird since I already talked about it here – but a region in the south of France, Provence.
Provence is made up of several cities including the very popular Cote d’Azur or (in English) French Riviera.
Here are a few things I would get up to in Provence, France.
Visit the lavender fields – I love the scent of lavender. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been told it relaxes me that it works, or it actually does. Anyway, I’d love to spend an afternoon in the lavender fields, taking photos and inhaling the calming scents.
Visit the Verdon Gorge – This stunning river canyon is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. Perhaps a tandem kayak along Lac de Ste-Croix ? I say tandem because kayaking is a lot of work. Haha.
A different view.
What is a trip to the south of France without a stop in the French Riviera (St.Tropez, Nice, Cannes)- Jeez, just saying the names of these places makes me feel fancy.
Beach break- Raise your hand if you’ve always imagined yourself on a beach in the south of France.(Okay, you don’t really need to cause I can’t see you). But, I’m raising mine really high and working to make my dreams a reality. There’s just something about the French Riviera.
Wine tasting in Cassis- Drinking and learning about wine from its source? Count me in. Fun fact – wines are named for the grapes used to make them.
Eat Provencal cuisine – From Ratatouille to Truffle Omelettes (are truffles delicious or is it more of an acquired taste?) and sweet treats like Tarte Tropézienne (Saint Tropez tart). I suspect my tummy will be content.
Visit Pont Saint Benezet – I’m always here for old time-y buildings and gorgeous views. I’m often left in awe when I see structures that have been standing for decades and will continue to because of meticulous preservation efforts.
The country girl in me wants to book a flight and chateau right now, turn off my phone and hide away in Provence.
Have any of you been to the southern region of France? What did you get up to? Leave me a comment to let me know.
Keep dreaming & Thank you for reading!
Stock photos without credit culled from Google Images
same footprints, different sands
Southern France is beautiful – I recently visited Marseille (for the second time!) and really enjoyed re-exploring the coastline. A must-visit to add to your itinerary is the “Parc National des Calanques” – it’s a national park right on the coast between Marseille and Cassis, with limestone cliffs and gorgeous inlets/coves. It’s out-of-this-world beautiful, and accessible on foot (from Cassis), by bus (from Marseille) or there are boat tours (though we noted they didn’t stop long at each inlet). Whilst not on the coast, Aix-en-Provence is also nice for a wander. I’d also love to visit the Verdon Gorge and the lavender fields – I remember years ago on holiday in Provence my family tried to see them but they’d been harvested the week before we visited.
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Nice! I did read a bit about the Parc National des Calanques, and I would love to visit. I feel like there are so many lovely places that it would be hard to cover in one trip! I cannot wait to plan a trip though. Thank you for the suggestions.
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