After visiting Paris and Normandy (see Exploring France Pt I), we took our little convertible Fiat down to Bordeaux to taste some of the world’s best wine. Bordeaux was an incredible experience, unlike any other I have had in a wine region. The age and history of the châteaus and winemaking families was fascinating and their expertise in their winemaking craft was very interesting to learn about. Each château was gorgeous and unique in its own way. All provided an in-depth tour and explanation of how their wine was made.
After spending a few days in Bordeaux, we were off to the Cote d’Azur. The Cote d’Azur has a special place in my heart since I spent a few years living here when I was younger. Also known as the French Riviera, the area is renowned for its pristine beaches, sparking blue water and chic elegance.
I was so sad to learn that much of the area was recently damaged by a storm. It is such an incredible area, I am praying that they will make a full and quick recovery. And when they do, my suggestions for a visit to the Cote d’Azur are:
- Visit the Marché Forville in Cannes for the fresh fruit, vegetables and speciality regional goodies like nouget.
- Spend a day at Baoli Beach Club in Cannes (on Le Croisette). Get a bottle of champagne and oceanfront loungers on the beach for ultimate relaxation. They have a fun vibe and amazing music.
- Have dinner in the Le Suquet area of Cannes. Charming streets and amazing restaurants. I recommend La Mirabelle if you are a fan of truffles (who isn’t??)
- Check out the Juan-Les-Pins area for a more low-key and chill beach vibe. Cool shops and lively restaurants and bars. Have a delicious dinner with an oceanfront view at Cap Riviera.
- Making your way from Juans-Les-Pins, you can’t miss Antibes, an old town on the Mediterranean enclosed by 16th-century ramparts. Tons of outdoor restaurants, cobblestone streets and beautiful views.
- Of course, Nice, the capital of the French Riviera, is a must. I recommend walking around the Flower Market in Old Town (Vieille Ville), buying some sweets and enjoying a cafe au lait in one of the outdoor patios. Then head up Castle Hill to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city and climb down for a stroll on Promenade des Anglais.
- Making your way inland, Valbonne offers charming little streets surrounding a picturesque square with restaurants and a crepe maker whose crepes will change your life.
- Last but not least, spend time in Mougins exploring the charming town perched on a hill with incredible views of the valleys below and finish with sunset and dinner. I recommend eating at Le Bistrot.
What are your favorite things to do in France?
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