Wednesday, June 19, 2019

France - Part 1

We chose a tour of southern France to take in the turquoise shades of the Côte d'Azur, the pastel palette of Provence and glittering, romantic Paris. Our travel agent helped us plan the trip with Tauck for two special occasions. Our 20th wedding anniversary (February 14), and my upcoming 60th birthday in August. I have been to London, Scotland and Italy and wanted to experience France so we booked it. We flew from NYC to Nice and were shuttled to trendy Cannes where the Cannes Film Festival was going on. We stayed at the JW Marriott and enjoyed a celebrity sighting on the elevator. Sly :-)
Our trip consisted of the French Riviera, the French countryside and Paris. Upon arrival in Cannes, we hadn't slept in over 24 hours and were hungry so we spoke to the concierge and he recommended a place to have lunch within walking distance from our hotel. It was a winner, and we felt very welcome in France. We ate outdoors, and made instant buddies with others eating near us. 
You may have seen "the Carlton" on TV and in the movies, and we considered having tea but ran out of time.  It is lovely. 
Our second evening in Cannes, we had dinner with our tour group. We started out with cocktails on the beach. We instantly became buddies with the tour group, and there was a total of 35 of us. We were from various parts of the United States, and Joe and I were the only ones from New York.

 We could not resist having a Gelato while strolling past the lovely boutiques in Canne. I had a crepe for dinner...Oh la la, they were so good.  

Here I am the next morning getting ready to head to Old Town before cruising to Nice. We had lovely finger foods on the cruise, but the water got very choppy towards the end. 
When we were in Cannes, we watched a young lady make crepes and I chose savory ham and cheese. This would be much easier for me.....thanks Monique how to turn a torilla into a French crepe :-)

This photo was taken in Old Town, looking down over Cannes. 
Lovely harbor.

Arrived in Nice, and went to the Chagall Museum. 

Spent a couple hours walking around Nice after visiting the Chagall Museum, and found  a place to have pizza. We were both craving pizza. Boarded the bus after lunch and headed back to Cannes for our final overnight before heading to Aix-en-Provence in the morning. We went from being surrounded by water to being surrounded by olive trees and lavender fields. 
We were able to see firsthand what inspired van Gogh in St-Rémy and Cézanne at Mont Ste-Victoire. 
We did a little shopping for lavender products. 
 We enjoyed wine tasting before checking into our lovely hotel in Saint Remy de Provence where we stayed for two nights.  I wish we had a longer stay at this hotel since they had a spa that we didn't have time to use. 
Day 4 of our tour was a sunny, windy day. Although they have 300 days of sunshine, it is usually windy. Great for pollination. We visited lovely Arles (narrow streets, medieval stonework), and the ancient Pont du Gard (2,000 year old Roman aqueduct).  Above you will see the bridge of Avignon ......"the bridge to nowhere" is one of the most famous monuments in the world, and the famous song that helped a lot since it is sung by children of all countries. We had mimosas viewing the Saint Benezet bridge on the way to Pope's Palace. 

Here we are at the Langlois Drawbridge in Arles that Van Gogh painted. 

If you are still here, you are at the end. LOL 
Now we are off to Paris, but more about that later in a separate post.   

 We had an exclusive after-hours visit to the Louvre Museum and a private visit to the Louvre. You will read about that in my next blog post. 

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. What an exciting trip and memories that will last a lifetime! Beautiful pics!

  2. Lovely lovely lovely!!Looks like everything was perfectly planned..and the weather cooperated:)

  3. What a trip to celebrate your 20th anniversary and your upcoming birthday! I’m amazed at how well-planned the trip was, Debbie, and how fresh and happy you both look in all the pictures. You can tell that you enjoyed every minute.

  4. Oh Deb, what a wonderful way for you and Joe to spend your anniversary and celebrate your birthday. You look fabulous and right at home in the chic Côte d'Azur. I enjoyed my tour with you through your photos, it brought back my own memories of travels there. I have to run through your pics again, such a special place!

  5. Debbie, what a wonderful way to celebrate your 20 anniversary and that upcoming 60th. You two always look adorable! I especially enjoyed seeing your photos and take on the Corte d'Azur and Provence, as we've spent several vacations in the area. I wish you had gotten over to Antibes and a few other of our favorites, but that just gives you reason to plan a return. I'm eager to see your photos from Paris. Thanks for sharing this fabulous trip.

  6. What a marvelous trip. I know the pictures don’t ever really capture how wonderful it was but they do help jog the memory. Sounds like your tour covered so much beautiful territory. The water, the art, the sights, the food - wow!! I have to visit this part of France some time.

  7. Such fun traveling with you Debbie! You look so cute in all the pics, and it sounds like you experienced some wonderful things, Chagall, Provence, pizza, lavender, gelato!

  8. What an amazing trip! The sights, the food, and you and Joe having a blast. We have been to France, not Cannes. I hope to visit France again and explore Provence as well. Italy is still on our list.

  9. Wow! It does look like you had wonderful weather, Debbie! All of your photos are terrific and it sounds like you had a good time with your tour group. I would have loved the art museums :)


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