One of my trips last summer went to southern France - the beautiful region of Provence. I had wanted to explore the region more for years. I had previously been in and around Montpellier a couple times, as a close friend of mine had moved there, but there were many other places I wanted to get to know.
I never got around to share any of that here on the blog, but one of my friends just went to Provence and asked me for tips, so I digged out the photos and was reminded of all those incredibly beautiful places I got to see!
I asked Sara Louise at Sara In Le Petit Village for help back then, and she gave me a fabulous list of names of cities and towns worth visiting. (Thanks again, Sara Louise!) All in all it was a great trip and I would love to do it all over again. We flew into Nice, and rented a car there, and had very little plans - we just went where the roads took us, found a camping site for the night and moved on the next day. Such a great, relaxed, trip.
Good key words would be:
- And then some more of those three.
On a side note, madre mííía, how the French drive! I have never been so scared, so many times, on the road before! But well, we survived ... I quickly understood why the car insurance was so ridiculously expensive. (We're talking 3-4 times more than at the same rental company in Spain.)
One of the things I really liked though, was how people in the villages said hello to me/everyone/anyone they met. I really got to practice my "Bonjour!", and although I felt silly and giggly every time, -how nice!
Another thing was all that bread and cheese, and having picnics at the most amazing, incredible places. Do you realize just how beautiful Provence is? I always thought it was beautiful, but had not idea it was that beautiful!
Many Norwegians go to the coast, Cote d'Azur, for some beach and sun in summer. If you'd ask me what to do in Provence in summer, I wouldn't even mention a beach but rather tell you to explore the interior. Ancient villages built on a mountain sides. Châteaux's. Lavender fields...
OK, enough talking, right? Do you wanna see some of what I saw?
This is already very long, and I will be back with more. There is one town and one experience that deserves a post of their own. In the mean time I would love to know:
Have you ever been to Provence, and what would be your suggestion
if you were to give just one must-see/must-do-tip to someone?