Road Trip Along The French Riviera

By , October 7, 2010 5:00 am
Cassis

Cassis

Our travel along the coast began with our first stop in Marseilles to visit Boris’ dear friend, Marc. The city is known for its strong pride among its residents especially for its local football team. There is no doubt what a beautiful city it is, especially around the old harbor. Unfortunately, as you enter the city, you will soon learn how chaotic it is. As always, I enjoyed listening to Marc’s enthusiasm about the city of Marseilles and trying to get me to like Pastis, a favorite drink among locals. Thank you Marc and Alexiane for hosting us!

Marc And Alexiane

Marc And Alexiane

Callelongue, A Fisherman Village

Callelongue, A Fisherman Village

A visit to Marseilles could not be complete without seeing Cassis, which is about 20 km east. We chose the scenic route on La Gineste where you get a sweeping view of Marseilles from the mountaintop. As you continue further along the road, where the houses start to get grander, you know you have arrived in Cassis.

View Of Cassis From The Cap Canaille

View Of Cassis From The Cap Canaille

Even road tripping in France is different from in the states. I got accustomed to making frequent mandatory breaks for coffee and rest versus stopping only when needed. Our next mandatory break brought us to the village of Bormes les Mimosas, which is known for its flowers used to make perfume. We had a pleasant stroll through the village and to the church on top of the hill.

Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Bormes-Les-Mimosas

By this time, I have passed out in the car for a few hours and have awoken to the sounds of the popular French Riviera. As I opened my eyes and try to gaze out the window, I was instantly swept away by the Cap Esterel. On the right side were just beaches and the blue sea. The entire left side was orange rock and it reminded me of Arizona. This had to be one of my favorite scenic parts and now I understand why people would give up the sandy beaches and settle for rocks.

Landscape Near The Cap Esterel

Landscape Near The Cap Esterel

Famous for holding an annual film festival, we wanted to see Cannes. While the old town was nice, the main avenue was heavily commercialized. Before visiting Cannes, it is probably useful to know that it costs about 50-80 euros to rent a beach chair for the day.

Beach In Cannes Along The Croisette

Beach In Cannes Along The Croisette

With less expensive beach chairs (not by much), Nice is a better option to stay overnight. Our generous friend, Megan, shared with us her grand hotel room with waterfront views. It’s been a while since we have experienced something that luxurious so I couldn’t help but admire the details of the room, especially the free chocolates. At night we went to a nearby restaurant and because our food took a little longer than it should, we got free drinks and appetizers. We love the service in Nice!

Merci Megan for visiting us and for a great trip. Let’s do it again soon!

MuiMui And Megan

MuiMui And Megan

Gourdon, A Cute Village On A Rock

Gourdon, A Cute Village On A Rock

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3 Responses to “Road Trip Along The French Riviera”

  1. Marc says:

    Quelle surprise de nous voir apparaître sur ce blog ! Merci pour le
    petit clin d’œil… Pour ma part je garde un très bon souvenir de
    notre soirée au Domino, au lieu de la gastronomie italienne à
    Marseille. Notre repère à Boris et moi ! Et pour ceux qui à
    l’instar de Muimui ne sont pas allergiques au pastis, vous pouvez
    toujours venir avoir un aperçu plus complet du quotidien
    marseillais sur http://www.photos-marseille.fr ! :p

  2. Boris says:

    C’est vrai, nous avons oublié de mentionner Domino. Merci encore,
    pour votre hospitalité. On a passé un trés bon moment.

  3. Martin says:

    You’re right, it does look like Arizona.

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