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The French Journals

Les Journaux Française: Le Fin

Okay, last vacation recap post, I swear. Although, I don’t know about you, but I’m really sad to see this series of recaps end, because it means the trip is officially donezo. Wahh! And PS, as I was editing these photos yesterday, Photoshop crashed right as I was nearly finished. At that moment, I REALLY wanted to be back in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.

What can I say about Saint Jean Cap Ferrat? Little town, long name. Situated at the base of Cap Ferrat, which is smack dab between Nice and Monaco. Stunningly beautiful. Crystal clear waters and towering cliffs in the distance. Like something out of Tender is the Night (one of my fave books, and why I had pined to see this part of France!).

For this leg of the trip, we stayed at the Royal Riviera, a beautifully restored hotel that sits right on the water. It was a completely different gig than our rustic apartment rental in Aix, and made the whole French Riviera experience complete! Read more »

Les Journaux Française: Part III

On about our fourth day in Aix, we finally got the itch to do something other than sit around and drink wine and finish it off with gelato. Writing this now seems very shocking to me, because I don’t know what could be better than being lazy with wine and gelato, but there you have it. I’d been dying to take a drive through the Luberon, Provence’s large national park and home to the famous hilltop towns built up into its mountains. We found a local tour company that would drive us around in an air-conditioned van (important!), and luckily for us, we only had to share it with one other couple. Our new friends were from Edinburgh; our guide, from China. We made quite the little group.

Buckled up, sunglasses on, we drove north of Aix into the Luberon to visit the villages of Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Gordes, and RoussillonRead more »

Les Journaux Française: Part II

I realized it is a Monday so this post might be slightly torturous as we all settle into a new work week. If it’s any consolation, it was painful for me to put it together, because dear LORD I want to be in Aix right now. Pronounced ‘Ex’, Aix-en-Provence is a small town in southern Provence, not too far from Marseille and the coast. We arrived there on a Monday, after taking a quick train ride from Paris (note: the high speed train is AMAZING).

For this leg of the trip, we did something we’d never done before — we rented an apartment for six nights! It was a little nerve wracking, because we had given our payment info and our complete trust to someone over the Internet, but we had absolutely no reason to worry. The apartment was better than promised, and everything I dreamed about for our stay in Aix.

The apartment was located on the Rue d’Entrecasteaux, not far from the center of town and walkable to everything. All the buildings in Aix have that old village look that somehow don’t read as dilapidated, just charming. Our flat was located on the top level, with perfect views down the medieval streets and into a small square below. After getting settled in, we set out to explore all that Aix had to offer… Read more »