Hello there. Here is part 2 of our road trip to Southern France last summer. (Find part 1 here in case you missed it). Also sharing some of my pictures above of little details that I found along the way. Now as summer approaches again, I am again thinking up new and brilliant ways to travel in style on a budget for a family vacation. Deciding on a location is the first task in planning and choosing somewhere that is not too far away makes everything so much easier and more accessible. There is always something to explore and enjoy wherever you are and many times we don't need to travel very far at all. Lucky us, France is close by nowadays and for this trip we chose destinations that were off the beaten track and not the main touring areas. We drove to France from Switzerland and reached the Provence region in about 6 hours. After spending a few days in Nimes, we then continued on to the coast stopping in Nice for a few nights. There we spent our days at a beautiful coved beach, called Cap d'Ail, located just south of Nice near to the border with Monaco. It's like a secret little beach with a steep access from the village above, where you can swim all day in the turquoise water of the Med, have lunch at the beach club, rent a boat or paddle boards. It's very naturally idyllic and super fun for the kids. The only thing we did in the actual city of Nice was visit the Matisse and Chagall museums. Located right near to each other within walking distance and a must for art lovers. That would be me! Two of my favourite painters in one go, I could not pass it up. I sort of dragged the family up there for a couple of hours and although not as keen on museums as me they really did enjoy it too. The art is undeniably dazzling and the cafe at the Chagall museum is super cute and a good place to grab a bite at the end of your visit.
From Nice we headed back up North stopping in the mountain region above Provence for a few days before driving home. We stayed in a tiny village nestled into the rocky slopes of Roquesteron. This place was amazingly charming and remote. Again we scored on airbnb accommodation with a beautifully restored traditional stone maison. The house had a rooftop terrace which overlooked the valley and we would have our dinners up there each night and watch the sunset. This place was seriously chilled out. There was a really great river that we could walk down to and swim and lay in the sun. It was stunning and very outdoorsy like a national park all to ourselves. The village was very quaint with one bakery and one little market and a tobac or cafe where you could get a beer, a coffee or an ice cream. We hit the bakery each morning for fresh warm baguettes and bought our groceries from the little shop and did all our own cooking with fresh local produce and ingredients. We hardly spent anything and yet it all felt super luxurious. There was no television and we were pretty much switched off digitally. At first we thought that that might bum the kids out, especially the 'teenagers' but they didn't mind at all. They enjoyed being outside at the river all day and in the evenings we listened to music, played cards and actually did the most challenging jigsaw puzzle ever, things we just rarely get to do together anymore, it was cool family fare. Even had a chance to read a book! Hope you enjoy my little travelogue and that you might get some ideas for your next family vacay. Happy trails!
(Photography by Tanya Moss)