Hello Travel Babbles readers! My name is Sara and I blog over at C’est Moi. It’s been three months since I moved back to the States after living in France for four years, and even though I’m loving being back home, I’m missing France something fierce. So I thought it would be nice to take a virtual trip back there and take you guys with me. Because if I was really going to France and taking you with me, this is exactly what I’d like to do…
Since we’d fly into Marseille, that old port city on the Mediterranean would be a fantastic place for us to start. We’d check into this fun little hotel there and drop off our bags… no time to rest, we have things to do! First stop, the Vieux-Port for lunch, or more precisely, Bouillabaisse… we’re in Marseille after all!
Have no fear of the calories because after lunch we’ll burn them all with a steep walk up to Notre Dame de la Garde, the centuries old Basilica that overlooks the city and offers the best views of Marseille and the sea. You can even see Château d’If, the old prison where The Counte of Monte Cristo used to hang out.
The next morning we’d hop on a boat heading up the coast towards Cassis, the most charming seaside village, and we’d tour the Calanques along the way. Since I’m sure all of that fresh sea air would leave us famished, we’d pop into Bonaparte’s for the best seafood and a bottle of local white wine to go along with it.
A short train ride to Aix-en-Provence will be the perfect time for a catnap to sleep off that lunch (ahem… wine). We’ll arrive in the city of a thousand fountains fresh as daisies and ready for a stroll and some shopping through it’s quaint, winding streets before settling down for Rosé and people watching on Cours Mirabeau.
After a day shopping in Aix, we’ll be ready for something a bit more substantial and we’ll find it fifty miles north in Avignon, the ancient walled city that houses the Pope’s Palace. It’s one of my favorite spots in all of France, the city pulsates with history.
When we’re finished soaking up the medieval sites of Avignon, we’ll have one more stop to make… Le Petit Village, nestled atop The Luberon mountains. After all, I couldn’t bring you to France and not show you around my old home!
About the author: Sara just returned to the States after living ten years as an American Expat in France. On her blog C’est Moi you’ll read posts about her adventures and misadventures as she’s bid adieu to the Gypsy lifestyle and is now navigating life as an ex-expat back ‘home’.