I’ve always wanted to visit the South of France! I made it to Paris about 10 years ago, but didn’t get to venture around the rest of the country. I’ve also always loved the movie French Kiss which takes place both on the Cote d’Azur (the Riviera/coast) and in Provence. So naturally, I had to hit up both locations. And it was definitely a trip to remember! I will share with you some of my favorite moments…
My excitement began on our flight there! and I was so glad to have the cute “Lyra” slip-on sneakers by Comfortiva to keep me comfortable during my travels.
Lavender Fields in Valensole
One of the things I HAD to see was a lavender field. We happened to just make it to Provence in time to see them before they were harvested. Valensole was one of the recommended areas to find one, so we got up early one morning and headed that way from our bed and breakfast outside of Aix-en. As we got closer to our destination, we began to see the lavender and decided to stop when we spotted the first large field. When we got out of the car, I could hardly believe my eyes!
Before me were rows and rows of beautiful purple blossoms. I could smell the relaxing aroma all around. We also just so happened to come while there was a cloud covering the sun which made for some very dreamy photos.
After we hung out amongst the lavender, we went to a shop located just up the hill from the field where they sold all kinds of lavender products, including deliciously refreshing lavender ice cream. I ended up wearing my “Norina” shoes by Me Too and they were perfect for this provincial setting. It turned out to be a truly dreamy day.
The city of Aix-en had its own unique, old-world beauty. It’s been called “the city of a thousand fountains” and when you visit you can see why. There is literally a fountain on every corner. I ended up wearing my sandals from Earth Origins which were exactly what I needed for the all-day walking, especially on uneven and cobblestone streets.
What do you do when you’re staying an hour and 45 minutes away from one of the most beautiful river canyons in Europe? You don’t ask questions. You just go. And that’s exactly what we did. I have to say, it was magnificent and wonderfully refreshing for the hot day that it was. We rented a paddle boat for 2 hours and just cruised.
After we stayed in Provence for a week, we drove to the coast and settled in our new hotel in Nice. Nice was a colorful, tourist-filled coastal city that had a young, artistic vibe which was a huge change from the easygoing countryside of Provence.
Every night we ate at a different street-side restaurant. We walked the Promenade de Anglais and hiked up Nice’s Castle Hill!
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
One of the places I planned to see while in Nice was the unbelievably, gorgeous, pink mansion located in the small seaside village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. This beautiful place was once owned by Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild and is now an attraction open to the public.
We took the scenic, half-hour bus ride west along the coast and arrived in the breath-taking village. The mansion was just a little walk up the hill. It was even more lovely than I thought it would be. The structure itself was so well preserved and the desert-pink color of the exterior was enchanting in the lush, Mediterranean setting. BTW, can you spot the “Cayce” sandals I’m wearing by Comfortiva? They went wonderfully with my outfit and kept me carefree all day!
The mansion itself was elegant with incomparable, old-world glamour, while the gardens were nothing short of magical. I felt I could get lost in them for days, months– even years.
Another thing I decided we HAD to do, was be completely boujee for one day and rent some beach beds at a private beach club in Cannes. And let’s just say I’m really glad I followed my heart on that one.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
There’s a ghost in Monte Carlo. And apparently, she wears zebra stripes (anyone else love that movie besides me?). On our last full day in France, we decided to take the train to Monte Carlo! The luxurious and immaculate city located in the small principality of Monaco was filled with high-end shops, expensive sports cars, yachts, and more! We also took a peek inside its iconic, exclusive casino.
And that concludes the end of our trip. We truly loved visiting the South of France and I highly recommend you add this to your list of places to see!