FRANCE WRAP UP
Mid-July I was met in Paris by my sister and a good friend, I shall call them Dee and Dum to protect the innocent, and by innocent I mean me. We spent two weeks traveling around France. This was the first time both of them had traveled to Europe, and I think it was an eye opener for all parties involved. This is not the post where I go into the intricacies of transitioning from solo travel to traveling with friends, that’s a long talk for another day. Let’s just say...stairs, heat, luggage, and mornings were not our friends. Instead, this is just a wrap up highlighting the places we visited and some quick favorites.
The three days we were supposed to spend in Paris were cut short due to circumstances outside of my control. I quickly realized that it would never be enough, so Paris I’ll definitely be seeing you again. I have a great memory of waking up to glowing rooftops from my bedroom window and hearing the sounds of the city. Makes me truly grateful that I’m able to have all of these wonderful experiences in fun and exciting cities.
My favorite stop was the opera house, the place has grandeur and glamour seeping from its bricks. I also enjoyed seeing a bit of the Tour de France. I’m not interested in cycling in the least, but it’s always fun to see the mayhem that surrounds huge sporting events. I’m most disappointed that I didn’t hit any of the famous libraries in Paris. We just didn’t have enough time, but it will be at the top of my list next time.
From Paris we traveled to Tours, which I think was a little more the girls speed. Our apartment was great, and the city is small and easily manageable. We spent a day hopping around chateaus and visiting the gardens of Villandry, which was definitely the most impressive of the area. I see a cut out of the parterre gardens in my near future.
Avignon was our next stop, and my favorite of the trip. There was a lively nightlife, and we were super close to all of the best restaurants and beignets. The surrounding countryside was lovely and lush, but unfortunately the lavender fields were cut right before our visit. I would have loved to see them in all their glory.
After barely making the departing train, we arrived at our final destination, Nice. Seaside village it is not. Nice is a bona fide city and the waterfront was a little busy for me. I prefer quiet waterside retreats, but I still really enjoyed my time there. Aside from the beach, there is a park with a water feature for children to play, and we sat and laughed at the kids on two separate occasions. Probably creepy to onlookers, but fun for us.
That’s just a small dose of our two weeks, but it's a good starting place if you are looking to take a trip to see a lot of France in a short period of time.