of France Travelling Tips
the Wonderful South of France.
and red parasols, sailing ships, a light breeze and a cloudless
blue sky - the Cote d'Azure, or Azure Coast as it is literally
translated, lives up to its name.
is a good idea to plan your trip to the South of France
for early September to avoid the madness of the Cannes film
festival in May, and the sweltering heat and the crowded
coastal highways that besiege vacationers in July and August
the high season ends, the hoards clear out and you can truly
appreciate the charm of these classy seaside resorts.
Provence has a heavy Mediterranean influence so be sure
to dine heartily in the early afternoon as most restaurants
are closed from around three until seven.
local Nicois cooking is Italianate in flavor and features
delights like aioli, a yellow garlicky sauce served over
everything from raw vegetables to fish, and ratatouille,
a combination of fresh tomatoes, eggplant and squash stewed
together with green peppers, garlic and various herbs. Also,
don't miss the bouillabaisse, a magnificent fish stew.
Cannes, make time for some world class window shopping and
to engage in a favorite pastime in this glittering bastion
of wealth, people watching along the Blvd. de la Croisette,
probably the classiest seaside promenade in the world.
If that's not enough
excitement for you, drive along the precipitous and tortuous
coastal highways that Grace Kelly raced over in Hitchcock's
To Catch a Thief to reach the small nation of Monaco. Here,
visit the famed Monte Carlo Casino (think James Bond). This
gambling resort is no Las Vegas. Ringed by Ferrari's and
Rolls Royce's, it features a Private Salon into which only
the properly clad (no shorts; jacket and tie required for
men) may enter. Also, if the shopping in Cannes didn't exhaust
you, Monaco's pricey haute couture will make you drop (at
least that's the effect it had on my husband ):O
those not enthralled by world class beaches, monstrous yachts,
and movie stars, you can visit the charming region of the
Haute Provence, an area featured in the literary classic
The Three Musketeers. Envision moonlight, lavender fields,
old abbeys and intimate villages, red wine, and fresh baguettes.
thing worth doing while driving around the South of France,
is stopping to try some fresh french bread accompanied by
chevre or goat's cheese (one of the hundreds of delicious
fresh cheeses to be found in France).
Verdon Gorge, in the heart of Provence, is known as the
Grand Canyon of Europe. It's 3000 ft. walls of chalky white
limestone offer some of the best opportunities for rock
climbing and other adventure sports anywhere in the world.
While the kayaks bob and weave down the torrents far below,
the tourists creep on all fours to the canyon edge to take
in the awesome view and watch climbers ascend the sheer
cliffs. Like Yosemite Valley, the Verdon Gorge offers experienced
rock climbers a big wall experience, but without having
to haul loads of gear as you can climb in shorts and rock
shoes with a minimum of equipment
captivating Haute Provence, with it's blend of white limestone
hills, rough stony pastures, and charming villages proved
to be the highlight - but sadly also marked the end - of
next day, as the plane banked away from the coastline with
its piercing light, deep blue waters, and diamond like white
caps, we realized that we had only experienced a small taste
of the rich landscapes and peoples you will find in the
South of France. .
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