The South of France is famed for its classy summer atmosphere. French cuisine is perceived as fine dining and the fashion goes onto to inspire millions. I was not disappointed.
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Europe6 days / August 2021
Highs & Lows
I joined my family for one week during their month trip along the southern coast of France. The trip was totally done by train all the way from London. This was a long journey but very picturesque and much better for the environment than flying. However, trains in Europe are expensive so be prepared to pay for doing your bit for the planet. The journey took about ten hours and on arrival we hired cars to drive around the small towns.
I joined them in visiting Antibes and Nice. The two places had different atmospheres. Nice was much bigger and had more going on - it felt very much like a functioning living city. Antibes was extremely pretty, the beaches were gorgeous and when you swam out at sea you had a magical view back on the town. Antibes felt like a place that was designed to be visited rather than inhabited. We did three nights in each place and I would say that that is about right for these two destinations, however it depends on how much you like to chill by the pool or sea and it would be easy to spend much longer in both/either.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Maybe it would have been nice to stay closer to the centre in Nice, however we might not have found an Airbnb as nice / spacious in the city centre so weigh up your options.
How was the food?
Leave your calorie counter at the door and indulge in pastries
Nice clothes - people dress well generally in these parts
The train is wonderful so if you have the time and money then try it out! You see much more than a few white clouds!
Hard to escape very touristy areas
Book transport as far in advance as you can because prices rise rapidly and the south of France is hugely popular.