Hi! Time for a much requested post … Our France trip! I’ll tell you our itinerary and show you some photos, share some tips and sometimes some food hotpots!
The first day we left Belgium very early in the morning (5:30) to arrive in Rouen at about 9:00. Rouen is a little city in Normandy. It’s the town where Joan of Arc was killed. The houses are very picturesque and cute. It’s very nice to walk around this little city and just take it all in. When we arrived, we first did a little walk up the mountain to get a great view of Rouen. More info about that in this link: https://frenchmoments.eu/cote-sainte-catherine-rouen/. Also the cathedral and the market square are fun to visit. We ate lunch in Rouen and drove off to our next destination!
After Rouen it was time for some fairytale action! We visited Château de Chambord in the afternoon! This castle is breathtaking and amazing to visit. The gardens are very big, you can even rent out a small golf cart to drive around the gardens. The staircase is the biggest eye catcher since it looks like it comes straight out of Harry Potter. Really loved this castle and also the region in which it is located is amazing!
After our visit to this amazing castle, we drove to Blois. A very cute little town with an amazing vibe. We had the best dinner of our trip here and I really recommend you going here if you’re visiting the region: L’assiette au boeuf. The best Confit de Canard of my life!
The second day we visited another castle in the region. We took a beautiful drive by the Loire river and arrived at the most beautiful castle ever: Château de Chenonceau. We liked this castle even better than the first one because of the romantic feel it had. The castle has this beautiful bridge over the Loire and we noticed that you could take a kayak to go under it. We were a bit sad we didn’t know that earlier because that looked amazing! There are also a lot of gardens and animals to discover on the domain.
After the castle visit, we drove to Saint-émilion. The oldest wine region in France filled with the biggest amount of vineyards I’ve ever seen. A very cute town with medieval vibes where you can drink a lot of wine in a LOT of different wine bars. If you want wine, this is the place to be. It’s very laid back and you get a big vacay feeling when you’re strolling around the cobbled streets and getting lost in the old french vibes. After an amazing dinner, and wine ofcourse, we slept in an ibis budget not far from the city centre.
Time to wake up and visit Bordeaux, the Southern version of Paris. And it did no disappoint, this place was one of my favorites of this trip. It’s so beautiful and it looks like a mix of Paris with a Spanish city. Bordeaux has one of the biggest shopping streets in the world and there are loads of nice places to eat! Just wander around here and take it all in. We ate lunch here in an Italian restaurant and then it was time for another must visit!
After lunch in Bordeaux, we drove to Carcassonne to make our medieval dreams come true. This walled city is gorgeous and you can wander around in it for hours. When you approach the city, you can see the walls from the old town from afar and it’s just breathtaking. Inside you have a lot of fun shops and you can walk on the walls if you like to feel as if you’re the owner of a castle. If you’re in Carcassonne, don’t forget to eat Cassoulet! There are a lot of good places where you can eat it because it’s a traditional dish with a medieval touch. Do look it up on Tripadvisor because there are a lot of tourist traps too! We slept outside of the walls in a hotel with parking. We recommend looking for a hotel with parking because Carcassonne is very busy and that way you don’t have to stress.
Time to go to THE FRENCH RIVIERA. We stayed in Nice for four nights and used it as a base to visit the Côte d’azur. The first day we just relaxed in Nice and had a very nice cocktail in Movida. We had dinner in the amazing La favola. The pasta portions are huge, be warned :D!
The second day in Nice we visited the old town and the harbour. We ate Socca, one of the local dishes. Chez Theresa was the place where we found the best local lunch snacks! It’s owned by a cute family and you feel very welcomed but also the food was sooo good! In the evening we went to Saint-Paul-De-Vence. This little town with beautiful cobbled streets and breathtaking views is a MUST DO! Just walk around and take it all in, you can even walk on the walls. We ate in Le Tilleul and it was extremely good food in the most romantic setting, big recommendation!
Today we went to Menton. We took a scenic drive (grand corniche) and had beautiful views of the coastline and Monaco on the way over. We hired a sunbed for the entire morning and we just loved it because the water was perfect! The buildings have pastel colours and they have an italian vibe. Not surprisingly because Menton is only 2 km away from the Italian border. It wasn’t touristic at all and our favorite place of the entire trip. This town is also the town of the lemons, so you can enjoy the most tasty but cheap lemonades ever!
In the afternoon we visited Monaco. We don’t recommend you going in the afternoon tho, it was almost impossible to find any parking. You don’t need a lot of time to discover Monaco and it’s not very breathtaking but it is one of those things you just have to see in your life. The harbour, casino and castle are the must sees!
In the evening we ate some of the best pizza’s we’ve ever had on the beach in Nice! They were from this place called Pizza Pili!
Today we just chilled by the pool 🙂
Day 8 – 12:
We stayed in the Provence for about 5 days and mostly chilled by the pool, but we also visited some nice towns. First of all we really liked L’isle-sur-la-sorgue. It’s nice to walk around here and take a peek inside all of the local shops. You can eat dinner and lunch by the water, which is very nice and relaxing. There are a lot of restaurants here to choose from and you can also eat a lot of ice cream :D! Pernes-les-fontaines was a very quiet little town and there wasn’t a lot to do, but it’s a nice place to get dinner after a pool day!
We weren’t a big fan of Gordes. It was very busy and to be honest there wasn’t a lot to see there. We did like Roussillon though! This town has very pretty colors (yellowish) and you can visit The Provençal Colorado. It looks like a little American nature park and a little hike is a perfect way to switch up the relaxing for once!
We also visited Avignon and really liked “palais de papes”. You get an Ipad with a virtual reality view of the palace. It gives you the opportunity to compare now VS then. The town is a perfect day trip in between relax days. Last but not least we also visited Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. Go in the early morning to avoid crowds!
After all of the relaxing, it was time for one last day filled with adventure! We rented a canoe at ‘Canoes Service’ in the Ardèche and it was so much fun! We saw the Pont d’arc and it was breathtaking. After the canoeing we also visited two little towns that are definitely worth a visit: Balazuc and Vogué
This was our trip to France! Let me know what you would like to visit and what you thought about my post! Subscribe to my blog for more travel routes.