SOUTHERN FRANCE: A Last-Minute Road Trip With The Girls
"Mom, where are we going?" is what the two daughters keep asking for two weeks straight.
"IS MOM CRAZY?"
Yes, the children definitely thought I was crazy. How can you go off on a Europe trip and not plan for it? Though teenagers do crazy things all the time, I guess it's not something a Mom should do. Moms should always have a plan. And I did. Sort of.
19 CITIES IN 5 DAYS
Just typing that seems crazy. It seems like it would be a tight schedule, but it wasn't. Stopping at a few places en route to our homes for the night (our first 2 nights we stayed in Le Grau-du-Roi, then 2 nights in Marseille, then the last night in Nice), as well as day trips to surrounding areas was not as hectic as it looks on that map up there.
Toulouse — a quick coffee and walk around when we arrived
Carcassonne — checking out the castle and views
Narbonne — a quick stop to walk along the Quai de Lorraine
Sète — lunch time and a walk around this seaside town
Le Grau-du-Roi — beach time
Montpellier — I've let the girls sleep in to go for a drive and check out Place de la Comédie
Palavas-les-Flots — morning walk on the beach
Aigues-Mortes — stumbling on this walled medieval city on the flat marshes of the Camargue
Nîmes — checking out the Roman arena
Pont du Gard — educating the girls on this UNESCO World Heritage Site
Marseille — a boat ride to the Château d'If
Aix-en-Provence — Fontaine de la Rotonde
Valensole — hoping to see lavender fields in bloom, but was too early
Les Calanques — a pebble beach in Parc National des Calanques
Cassis — walking around the Port de Cassis
Saint-Tropez — visiting the Chanel pop-up store that takes over the private mansion of La Mistralée every year from April to October
Saint-Tropez — enjoying the view of the bay
Cannes — on the hunt for celebs during the Cannes Film Festival
Nice — smelling soaps at Cours Saleya Market
Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON
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