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France – Part I

October 13, 2014


A few weeks ago, my husband & I along with 6 of our friends (family) set off for a 9 day get-to-know-France excursion. Ahh-mazing.


I have too many memories, recommendations, delicious meals & pictures to share.

france wine cellar

Our itinerary included a day in Paris, a day in Epernay/Riems, 4 days exploring Provence & 3-4 days perusing in the south of France.  Dreamy.

france views

It wasn’t hard to fall in love with the french countryside. Arched windows, (real!) green/blue shutters, ceramic tile rooftops, bright flowers on the windowsills.  Olive trees and vineyards as far as the eye can see.  Quaint villages, authentic markets, roundabouts abound. Lots of wine with friends in a magical setting. Yes, yes, it was perfect.


First, Paris – the Louvre, bike rides & a fairy tale picnic under the Eiffel Tower.


Champagne region – vineyards and champagne tours in Epernay & Reims.  Poppin bottles. Or something.

france champagne

Drive to Provence (lovely!) which included a long lunch stop in Lyon (more on Lyon next time!).

(Ohh) Provence: market days, sightseeing in the nearby villages, authentic french dining – in & out of home, olive education, hiking the Calanques.


We went on a couple wine tours in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  I mean, they were harvesting the grapes & we met the winemaker…heaven!  Provence – I will be back.

france wine

Côte d’Azur: more French dining, hiking the hillside to the city of Eze, drinking poolside (Rose anyone?), exploring the nearby cities.

france cote d'azur
A little day drinking trip to Monaco for the super-yacht show (because a regular yacht is just not big enough).

france monaco

It was magical. And, I’m lucky enough to go back to France in a few days. Weee!

As you can see, I had the most wonderful time. Thanks, or merci, to my super-Mimi for watching my 3 kids, & these awesome friends for really making the trip all it was.

france eiffel tower

Now, about that reunion trip…

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2014 11:24 pm

    So glad you had such a wonderful time! Plenty of romance everywhere!

  2. December 26, 2014 10:38 am

    Gorgeous pictures! I really love your blog, your posts are all so beautiful and amazing 🙂 I am so glad I got to discover you ❤


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