After our week in Italy, we had two nights in Nice which we used to do absolutely nothing.  These were vital days in our itinerary, and although it meant sacrificing some sightseeing around the Cote d’Azur (which we will revisit another time), we needed the down-time more.  We did boring things like laundry, grocery shopping for the next few days and repacking the suitcases.  We also spent lots of time relaxing in the rooftop pool which had a pretty amazing view over Nice.

Rested and relaxed, we picked up the hire car from downtown Nice and began our road trip journey.  We opted not to get a GPS and instead, purchased a France Road Map (Atlas Routier & Touristique) and together with more specific Google maps directions we had printed, we were set.  Adam loved being the driver and I loved being the navigator.  If time allowed, we would take tiny little country roads instead of the highway to get to each destination.  One day we spent the whole day ‘getting lost’ in Burgundy.  It felt like a real adventure, discovering each village as we came across it.  Having our own car was brilliant as it meant we had the freedom to travel where we wanted, when we wanted and to stop for a roadside picnic whenever we felt the urge.

I’ll talk about these destinations in more details next week, but our driving itinerary was:
Nice -> Moustiers Sainte Marie -> Chamonix Mont Blanc -> Beaune -> Vezelay -> (via Versailles to) Honfleur -> Villers Bretonneaux -> Amiens

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5 Comments on Travel Series: On Driving Through France

  1. naomimgruer
    July 2, 2013 2:48 pm at 2:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Your trip looks heavenly!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      July 4, 2013 1:18 pm at 1:18 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m dreaming of being back there today!

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  2. Megan
    July 3, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm (4 years ago)

    It sounds like you are having an amazing time. Love the pictures.

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  3. Rhonda Sittig
    July 5, 2013 8:15 am at 8:15 am (4 years ago)

    Love car trips and picnic lunches– so fun to see you travels!! thanks.

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