Roadtrip to Southern France
This blog post should give you more information if you are planning a trip there.
I flew to Nice with Lufthansa. Lufthansa especially provides lots of promotions to many interesting destinations from Frankfurt (or other German cities), like Nice. The train is also another option.
Cities to visit:
1. Nice & Antibes http://www.gracemoments.com/2012/04/nice-antibes/
Hotel: Adagio Access Nice Acropolis (in Nice)
Review: Clean and sufficient. Have a little kitchen to cook too. Recommended!
Hotel: Hotel Mirabeau (in Nice)
Review: Never ever stay in Hotel Mirabeau! Very old hotel which gives you a haunted feeling. Everything was falling apart. Grumpy old man at reception who was not at all friendly or accommodating! Nightmare!
4. St. Rafael
Just to stopover as the journey from Nice to the other cities are too far. St. Rafael was in between Nice and the other cities. It is a very very small town. Thus, I did not write any post for this town. Food is cheaper here, but not that cheap, it’s France anyway. But if you are in St. Rafael, FIND this bakery, La Raphaeloise. I don’t even know how to pronouce it but heck, the dessert here is so DAMN good. Like it took my breath away.
I bought this macaron with berries but move aside macaron because I found something better. It was a cake like thing with lots of light cream and mango syrup. The mango syrup is trapped in white chocolate. The whole thing is arranged to look like an egg. What kind of creation is this?! Anybody know the name of this? Recipes?? I couldn’t find it in any other france patisseries. AHHHH!!! See for yourself here:
Hotel: Hotel Le 21
Review: Looks very new and clean. Rather small but it was at a good location. Car park is found right opposite the hotel.
5. Gorges du Verdon http://www.gracemoments.com/2012/09/gorges-du-verdon/
6. St. Tropez http://www.gracemoments.com/2012/09/st-tropez/
7. Monaco, Monte Carlo http://www.gracemoments.com/2012/09/monaco/
1. You do not need to rent a car to get to Monaco or Cannes. There are buses are it would save you the pain from paying and FINDING for a carpark. If you don’t like taking buses, take the helicopter to Monaco ;) No kidding, it is possible.
2. Parking is a pain in Southern France. Due to the expensive parking rates and the very small and tight roads, it is almost impossible to find parking. However, parking at the parking lots or at the side of the roads (which states “parking”) is free of charge from 7pm till 9am, the next day. Keep looking for a parking space to park your car and save the euros for food.
I got a parking ticket on the first day because I saw everyone parking at the side of the roads, like it didn’t matter. Little did I know, the drove their car away midnight or just before the officers patrol. :((((
3. The drive up to Gorges du Verdon can be quite windy and the roads are pretty small. Drive carefully and don’t let the french pressure you from behind. They are fast drivers! Safety first.
If you are going there, I hope this post helps! Have fun!