We spent a magical three months driving to the most delightful petit villages of France. We all fell in love with the food, the culture, the people, the language and the experiences we had there.
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France1 day / July - August - September 2019
Highs & Lows
The food, wine and pretty petite villages.
The roadtolls ($$$)
We began our French jaunt in Paris (of course!) and then headed North to Normandy to check out some of this historical world war sites. Then south-east to the Alsace region for some mountains, beautiful wine and picturesque villages. On to stunning Provence where we were almost too relaxed and settled amongst lavender fields and fresh air. Then to the Aveyron department in Southern France where we hooked up with a major leg of the Compostela pilgrimage trail. Then, a week in the impossibly picturesque Dordogne area before finishing up our stay aboard an adorable boat in Bordeaux.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
We wouldn't change a thing about our time in France- we loved everything.
Anything go wrong during the trip?
Nothing really went wrong. We did scratch the entire side of our car attempting to drive it down a laneway evidently skinnier than our car was wide but our leased car was all covered with a no-questions asked policy and it turned out fine (phew)!
How was the food?
Au Jardin des Carmes, Avignon: Michelin starred restaurant plus welcoming service Cafe Procope, Paris: One of the oldest restaurants in Paris, steeped in its history Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe bad Le Petit Leon, in the Dordogne
If you're a guy- pack speedo swimmers. Trunks and boardshorts are not accepted anywhere. This doesn't make sense but it is what it is. Bring a hat- Summer in France is hot hot hot and the sun is fierce.
Lease a car. It would be impossible to reach the most beautiful of the tiny villages without one. And not to be intimidated at the markets, they can be intense but worth it for the delicious produce you'll come home with.
The people were so much nicer than we had anticipated. Market stall holders willingly filled our children's stomachs with delicious fresh goods and our Airbnb and Gites hosts invited us on picnics, hikes and to lunch.
We booked all of our accomodation in France via Airbnb.