Travel Post: Provence, France #1

I thought I would share the pictures from my recent holiday in Provence. My parents, my brother and I stayed for two weeks and it was awesome there. We stayed in two locations, a town called Vence just outside of Nice, and then a small seaside village near St Tropez. As I took so many photos, I’m going to split the posts up, so the following is just a round up of week one. It was our first time in the South of France and we managed to squeeze a lot of activities while we were there!

WARNING: This post and the pictures centre very much around the food I ate because, well, I’m a bit obsessed with talking about and taking pictures of food.

Our first week in Vence was spent visiting a few towns and cities (in between lazing about the villa). Vence itself was a beautiful old medieval town, and as it was so close to Nice and Cannes, we took some day trips there as well. Nice was a beautiful city which still had a lot of beautiful old architecture (despite the trams whizzing about everywhere!), and we stopped for some yummy sorbet in the old town – I had a scoop of lime and a scoop of apricot and it was sooo refreshing! Cannes, by contrast, had obviously been geared more towards tourists and felt a bit more glamorous, which of course makes sense as the film festival is held there every year! We stopped in a restaurant that looked out onto the water and I had one of my favourite meals – Moules Marieniére. When I’m in France I order this at every opportunity because it’s always so fresh and delicious. Seafood is the best – I think I could eat it at every meal!

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The villa we stayed in in Vence had a very well kept garden with lots of Lavender and a very refreshing plunge pool which was perfect for cooling off after a hot day of sight-seeing! The view of the mountains was beautiful too, and I took the opportunity to stock up on my favourite French foods – copious amounts of baguette, paté, cornichons i.e. gerkhins, Kinder maxis, Orangina (in glass bottles, of course, cans just do not taste as good for some reason) and BN’s!

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We also found time to take the train along to Monaco, which was an amazing city to visit. It’s actually classed as a separate country from France (much like the Vatican is in Italy), and has its own royal family. It’s also, of course, one of the locations for the Grand Prix and consequently attracts a lot of yachts! Our day was mostly spent admiring all the yachts parked in the harbour, although we did stop to walk up to the royal palace as well!

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On our last night in Vence we decided to head up to the old chateau for dinner. It’s been converted into a hotel and spa, and the restaurant has gorgeous mountain-top views over the whole town. The food was a-ma-zing, not to mention the delicious cocktails before-hand! Highly recommend this restaurant if you’re nearby and looking for a treat.

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DSC00059Have any of you ever been to Provence? What did you think of it? Be sure to check back next week for part 2 of this blog post!

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. hayley-eszti July 30, 2014 / 6:37 pm

    Wow! It looks so beautiful! What a lovely quaint place to visit! I love the photo of the BN, did you know they have started selling them again here? I was SO happy when I saw them on the shelf at Asda, I waited years for the day they returned! Haha

    Hayley-Eszti
    http://www.hayleyeszti.blogspot.com

    • simplyredhead August 13, 2014 / 9:44 pm

      Yes I know, they sell them in tesco! I stock up whenever they’re on offer because they are SO good! It was a very beautiful place, I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for towns in France to stay!

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