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Wednesday, 17 September 2008

The Way It Should Be Part I - Cote d'Azur

I recently spent a glorious 2 weeks in France & Italy. My husbands brothers decided to make one more stop to Europe before we headed back to Australia so they joined us on our sun and beach break to *try* and forget about the miserable English weather.


Colourful Windows of Provence

The first week we spent our time driving along the Cote d'Azur. We first picked up our car in Marseille and then did lots of little side trips as we made out way through parts of Provence before hitting the coastal towns and ending our trip in Nice.


Cassis Town

The big names of St Tropez, Cannes and Monaco (unfortunately no celebs spotted) are always on the tip of everyones tongue when you think of the Cote d'Azur (French Riviera) but there are lots of little towns along the way which are just as gorgeous with their sparkling clear blue waters!


Beach on the way to Monaco

We also got to visit so many quaint, cute and very french little villages and stayed in some lovely french guest houses. Staying in the guest houses meant we were privvy to some great local knowledge and checked out Gorges Du Verdon (the Grand Canyon of France) and this beautiful lake Lac St Croix where we found lots of holiday makers out on paddle boats.


Lac St Croix

There is something about France that I never tire of. Each region is very different and the food is to die for, infact i'm yet to have a bad meal over there. I was surprised to realise that this trip to the Cote d'Azur was our 6th visit to France in our 3 years of living in London!! It is actually the country we have most revisited during our time in Europe.


Delicious Berries at the Nice Markets

What did we do while there?? - lots of walking, lots of swimming and lots of eating! This type of living is the way it should be!!


Cute Pottery Store at Gourdon

18 comments:

ellen b. said...

What a beautiful place to visit!!

Judi FitzPatrick said...

Such a wonderful trip; beautiful photos - love those window shutters in the first one and the clear ocean of Cote d'Azur.

Alicia said...

WOW. I love your photos! I was wondering if you had a Flickr, but I can't find it linked anywhere here...

Hey Harriet said...

Oh I am so insanely jealous of your travels! I just now travelled to the shop to get milk. That's about the extent of my travelling ;)

LOVE your holiday photos!

ppdesigns said...

Thanks for your comments everyone!!

Alicia = if you click on my little slideshow on the top right hand side that will bring you to my flickr album.

Hey Harriet - As soon as i get home my travels will only extend to driving to the local westfield for my weekly grocery shopping too!!! Had my 3.5 years of travel fun and back to a 'real' life, settling down with a mortgage to boot!!

shells said...

France and Italy?? I am so jealous. Those photos are great :) I can dream...

Vicki said...

I am so so jealous....looks wonderful!

Jennifer said...

The pictures are amazing and the experience...yes, lots of eating and walking would make a great life!

ChichiBoulie said...

gorgeous photos. Isn't Cassis lovely?!

Why do no foreigners come to Northern France for holidays?

ppdesigns said...

Cassis was so pretty as were the calanques around there - i forgot my swimmers that day so didn't get to swim there :(

Is Normandy considered northern france - we took the ferry over and drove around there - we loved that trip too!

High Desert Diva said...

Sigh...someday...

ARTISANNE said...

Blissful! Green with envy :0)

Kristen said...

Your pictures are amazing...it's been years since I've been there & would love to go back~ your pictures brought back lots of memories :)

Art By MAR said...

What gorgeous pictures!! I so want to be at that beach right now.

Sandra Ree said...

You know I love all your photography! What a wonderful way to spend two weeks of your life! :D

Distressing Delilah said...

Beautiful pictures! I went to Italy and Greece in high school..and it was amazing. I would so appreciate the trip more now though. Such beauty there!

Morrgan said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos! Looks like it was a great time. :)

I've tagged you, by the way, Want to play?

315thomas said...

oh wow, great photos... i want to go there!