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The Best Road Trip in Southern France

Hi there!

Nadia and I are excited to share our road trip adventure through South-East France with you.

We packed our bags, hopped into our car, and hit the road, ready to explore the natural beauty and cultural treasures of the region.

Here’s a breakdown of the places we visited and what we did there:

Parc national des Ecrins, Prunières, France – “Hiking in the French Alps”

Our first stop was the Parc national des Ecrins, a stunning national park in the French Alps.

We laced up our hiking boots and hit the trails, surrounded by soaring mountain peaks and glittering alpine lakes.

The park is home to an incredible array of wildlife, including marmots, ibex, and chamois, which we spotted on our hike.

Les Mées, France – “Exploring the Unique Rock Formations”

Our next stop was Les Mées, a small village known for its unique rock formations. We explored the narrow streets and walked up to the Belvedere viewpoint, where we were treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

The rock formations are truly one-of-a-kind and were formed by centuries of erosion.

Valensole – “Admiring the Fields of Lavender”

Valensole is famous for its endless fields of lavender, which bloom in the summer months.

We drove through the winding roads surrounded by purple fields, stopping occasionally to take in the beauty and snap some photos.

Ocres de Roussillon et de Gignac – “Hiking through the Ochre Trails”

We continued our journey to the town of Roussillon, known for its ochre-colored cliffs and earth.

We hiked through the Ochre Trails, admiring the vibrant hues of red, yellow, and orange that make up the landscape.

The trails are a must-visit for anyone interested in geology or natural beauty.

Parc Naturel Regional du Verdon, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, France – “Kayaking in the Verdon Gorge”

Our next destination was the Parc Naturel Regional du Verdon, home to the famous Verdon Gorge.

We rented kayaks and paddled down the river, surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and turquoise water. It was a thrilling and unforgettable experience.

Parc Ornithologique du Pont de Gau, Parc naturel régional de Camargue, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Côte Camarguaise, France – “Birdwatching in the Camargue”

The Camargue is a beautiful wetland region known for its unique ecosystem and birdlife.

We visited the Parc Ornithologique du Pont de Gau, a nature reserve that is home to over 300 species of birds. We spent the day spotting flamingos, herons, and other feathered friends.

Parc national des Calanques, Cassis, French Riviera, France – “Hiking along the Calanques”

The Calanques are a series of narrow, rocky inlets that stretch along the Mediterranean coastline.

We hiked along the Calanques trail, marveling at the stunning turquoise water and dramatic cliffs.

It was a challenging but rewarding hike, and we felt a sense of accomplishment when we reached the end.

Forêt Communale de Cassis, Cassis, French Riviera, France – “Picnicking in the Forest”

After a day spent at the Calanques, we decided to take a walk in the Forêt Communale de Cassis.

This is a beautiful forest located in the heart of the city, and it is an ideal place to relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

We walked along the marked trails and enjoyed the cool shade of the trees. The forest is home to a variety of birds, including the colorful European Bee-eater.

We stopped at a few viewpoints along the way, and the views of the sea were breathtaking. We had a wonderful time exploring the forest and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Cassis.

We parked our car near the beach and took a leisurely stroll through the city. We walked past the famous Palais des Festivals, which hosts the Cannes Film Festival every year. We also saw the stunning Vieux Port, which was filled with yachts and boats of all sizes.

We stopped at Place Charles de Gaulle, a charming square with a beautiful fountain and several cafes. We sat down at one of the cafes and enjoyed some delicious coffee while people-watching.

We also visited the Marché Forville, a lively market filled with local produce, meats, and cheeses.

We bought some delicious French cheese and bread, and had a picnic on the beach. Cannes is a beautiful city and definitely worth a visit.

Visiting the Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Our next stop was the city of Nice, and one of the highlights of our visit was the Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

This beautiful cathedral is located in the heart of the city and is a popular tourist attraction.

The cathedral is decorated with stunning mosaics and icons, and the interior is breathtaking.

We learned about the history of the cathedral and its construction, and we were impressed by the attention to detail in the artwork.

We also visited the small museum, which has a collection of religious artifacts and items related to the Russian royal family. The cathedral is a peaceful and quiet place, and we left feeling inspired and relaxed.

A Walk in Cap-d’Ail

Our next stop was the picturesque town of Cap-d’Ail. This charming town is located on the coast and is known for its beautiful beaches and stunning coastal views. We parked our car near the beach and took a walk along the coastline. We saw the stunning Villa E-1027, a modernist house designed by the famous architect Eileen Gray.

We also walked past the beautiful Jardin Exotique, a botanical garden filled with rare and exotic plants. We stopped at a small cafe and enjoyed some coffee while taking in the beautiful views of the sea. Cap-d’Ail is a hidden gem on the French Riviera and is definitely worth a visit.

A Day in Monaco

Our last stop on our road trip was the glamorous city of Monaco. We parked our car near the Place du Casino and took a walk around the city. We saw the stunning Palais Princier, the residence of the royal family of Monaco. We also visited the Musée Océanographique, a fascinating museum filled with exhibits about the ocean and marine life.

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