Suuuuuuummmer ! This was was an European year for me. Last one was mainly Asian but 2015 my dear, you are totally european and I must say that I like it.
We went for two weeks in South of France to (re)discover la Provence and la Côte d’Azur (French Riviera for you fellas) with the special someone (…). You must know that before growing up in Africa, I was born there, in a nobody-knows village of la Provence (nah I’m exaggerating as always, it’s known for the Pastis and a great french writer Marcel Pagnol). So going there has never been a real excitement, I never saw it as a tourist but more like « you have to go there once a year and see your family ». So I was happy to spend some time there but it wasn’t my top choice destination you see ? Until the moment I realized this year, I was going to be a tourist me too for the first time. And what a great place to spend your holidays after all…
There is a huge (huuuuuuuuuuuuuge) difference between la Provence and la Côte d’Azur, let’s start with the number of tourists, but we will not talk about the pros and the cons of each of them because both are great depending on what you’re looking for during your holidays.
La Provence is great for you if :
- you’re into nature. If your thing is lavender fields, turquoise lakes, roads in sunflower fields etc. then it’s definitely your thing.
- you like local markets and local products. Let’s say that you can easily find a fresh market every day of the week with local products
- you’re into Pastis and Pétanque. I call it the 3P Rule (Provence-Pastis-Pétanque)
- you like smiling people (like them a lot LOT)
- you’re into smelly goat cheese (but de-li-cious)
- and dry sausages that we call in french « le saucisson »
- you don’t mind seeing some (okay a lot) of Dutch and Belgian people – and caravans
One great city that you must visit while you’re in la Provence, is Aix-en-Provence. Not too small, not too big, Aix (we make it shorter when you’re a local – tip for your next trip there ;)) is the perfect combinaison of relax, posh and frenchy city of the south.
It’s clearly the place where you can mix a fresh apéritif with great museums (the Musée Granet is a must), a little shopping and some farniente in the small streets of the city.
There is nothing better than getting lost in the small streets of the city center to discover it.
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