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Location: Paris

Day 1 - 1 May 2019

Normandy

Paris, Normandy
Paris, Normandy

Content: Paris to Normandy is approx. 2.5 hours drive. We Left Paris early to give our self plenty of time to stop along the way. Like Paris, Rouen is set on the River Seine and has a rich medieval history. In just a few hours you can easily check out the city’s Gothic Cathedral , wander the medieval quarter and visit the site where Joan of Arc met her demise

Location: Normandy

Day 1 - 1 May 2019

Hotel Restaurant Spa Ivan Vautier

Normandy, Hotel Restaurant Spa Ivan Vautier
Normandy, Hotel Restaurant Spa Ivan Vautier

Content: Luxury rooms are complimented with onsite spa and a restaurant headed by renowned French chef Ivan Vautier. Expect nothing but the absolute best for your stay at this unique property.

Arromanches

Normandy, Arromanches
Normandy, Arromanches
Normandy, Arromanches

Content: On the 6th of June 1944 during World War II, Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy beginning their victory on the Western Front. We visited those beaches, including Arromanches, where we saw remnants of the ‘Mulberry’ harbour the troops built. Then headed up to the cliff tops to the 360 Cinema to get just a small feel for what it would have been like for the troops.

American Cemetery at Colleville

Normandy, American Cemetery at Colleville
Normandy, American Cemetery at Colleville
Normandy, American Cemetery at Colleville

Content: Laid out over 70 hectares overlooking the beaches where the troops landed and the chalky cliffs of the Normandy coast is the largest American cemetery in the area. We started our visit in the Visitors Centre which details the mission. Then headed outside to wander the 9,387 gravestones perfectly aligned on a majestic expanse of green lawn. At the end of day we watched the ceremony of the Lowering of the Colours to the sound of a military hymn.

Gill

Normandy, Gill
Normandy, Gill
Normandy, Gill
Normandy, Gill

Content: Very good starred restaurant. Nice menu and wine list. Impeccable service and not too present as in some starred restaurants.

Location: Normandy

Day 2 - 2 May 2019

Bayeux Tapestry

Normandy, Bayeux Tapestry
Normandy, Bayeux Tapestry
Normandy, Bayeux Tapestry

Content: Known to the French as La Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde, this 230-foot long tapestry is one of the largest and most detailed in the world, and tells the story of the events leading up to the Norman invasion in 1066. While you’re in Bayeux the town itself is also worth a look.

Camembert

Normandy, Camembert
Normandy, Camembert
Normandy, Camembert

Content: France’s most famous cheese, Camembert comes from the village of the same name right in the heart of Normandy. We took a tour to see how it is made and taste this creamy brie-like cheese at the President farm located in the heart of Camembert.

Loire Valley

Normandy, Loire Valley

Content: Its a 2.5 hours drive from Normandy to Liore Valley. Famous for its abundance of chateau, The Loire Valley has to be one of the most beautiful regions of France.

Location: Loire Valley

Day 2 - 2 May 2019

L'Ecluse

Loire Valley, L'Ecluse

Content: Booking is a must in this very friendly and relaxed establishment. A calming atmosphere and attentive but non intrusive waiting staff made service an effortless experience. Food was exceptional and well priced

Clarion Hotel Chateau Belmont Tours

Loire Valley, Clarion Hotel Chateau Belmont Tours
Loire Valley, Clarion Hotel Chateau Belmont Tours
Loire Valley, Clarion Hotel Chateau Belmont Tours

Content: This 2.5 hectare property is located right in the center of Tours. It includes well appointed rooms, onsite swimming pool and restaurant/bar serving delicious French cuisine.

Location: Loire Valley

Day 3 - 3 May 2019

Chateau Chambord

Loire Valley, Chateau Chambord
Loire Valley, Chateau Chambord
Loire Valley, Chateau Chambord

Content: The biggest and most famous of the chateau in The Loire Valley, Chateau Chambord was built by King Francis I as a hunting lodge. Of course it has been upgraded and expanded considerably since then. It is one of the best examples of renaissance architecture in the world. A small number of the 440 odd rooms in the chateau are open to the public to explore.

Ainy-le-Vieil Chateau & Gardens

Loire Valley, Ainy-le-Vieil Chateau & Gardens
Loire Valley, Ainy-le-Vieil Chateau & Gardens
Loire Valley, Ainy-le-Vieil Chateau & Gardens

Content: One of the many chateau in the region, what sets Ainy-le-Vieil apart from the rest is the incredible gardens which are split into a series of rooms each with a different theme. The chateau itself has been in the same family since 1467 and you can explore the interiors to check out some of the personal mementos left behind by past family members.

Cycle along the Loire River

Loire Valley, Cycle along the Loire River
Loire Valley, Cycle along the Loire River
Loire Valley, Cycle along the Loire River

Content: The Loire Valley is relatively flat making it the perfect place to hire a bike and take a ride. There are bike hire places in most villages along the river and the path is well sign posted.

Bourges Cathedral

Loire Valley, Bourges Cathedral
Loire Valley, Bourges Cathedral
Loire Valley, Bourges Cathedral

Content: One of the most remarkable Gothic cathedrals in France, the Bourges is located in the town of the same name and dates back to the 12th century. Modelled on Notre-Dame in Paris, the cathedrals biggest draw card is its spectacular stained glass windows intricately depicting biblical stories.

Explore the Vineyards

Loire Valley, Explore the Vineyards
Loire Valley, Explore the Vineyards
Loire Valley, Explore the Vineyards

Content: The Loire Valley has some of the best wine-making soil in France and some of France’s most well-known wine is produced in the region. You can explore the vineyards on your own in the car or hire a bike. Maps are available from local tourist offices making it easy to navigate between the vineyards..

Location: Loire Valley

Day 4 - 4 May 2019

Lyon

Loire Valley, Lyon
Loire Valley, Lyon

Content: Lyon, its approx. 4.5 hours drive so we left early to make the most of the day and allow time for plenty of scenic stops along the way. France’s third largest city is home to interesting museums, cultural events year round and food offerings for those with an adventurous palate.

Location: Lyon

Day 4 - 4 May 2019

Villa Maia

Lyon, Villa Maia
Lyon, Villa Maia

Content: Located on Fourviere Hill with panoramic views over the city. Featuring indoor heated pool and hot tub, private garden and luxury appointed rooms.

Vieux

Lyon, Vieux
Lyon, Vieux
Lyon, Vieux

Content: Lyon’s Vieux is a great place to start your visit. Take a wander around the cobblestone streets through narrow passageways past delicatessens, artisan stores and sidewalk cafes. Keep your eye out for an old traboule which are passageways used in medieval times by the silk industry, some of which have been recently renovated.

Museum of Fine Arts

Lyon, Museum of Fine Arts
Lyon, Museum of Fine Arts
Lyon, Museum of Fine Arts

Content: This museum has one of the broadest collections of fine art pieces of any museum in the world with their collection ranging from ancient Egyptian antiquities to modern art pieces from the last few decades. The Museum of Fine Arts also holds pieces that are among the finest in all of Europe. For art lovers, this place is heaven and not to be missed.

Bistrot Orcia

Lyon, Bistrot Orcia
Lyon, Bistrot Orcia

Content: Adventure eating if you have no French. That said, the staff are so friendly and helpful. Classic French Restaurant with a very short food menu and a wonderful wine list. The food is a fresh exquisite delight.

Location: Lyon

Day 5 - 5 May 2019

Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere

Lyon, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere
Lyon, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere
Lyon, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere

Content: Perched high above the old town, this impressive white church dominates Lyon’s skyline and offers great views over Lyon from the promenade out the front. You can walk up the steep steps to get there or take the funicular for a few euros to save your legs. Nicknamed “the upside down elephant” because of its outside shape, inside its interior is quite pretty with lots of ornate features.

Roman Amphitheatre

Lyon, Roman Amphitheatre
Lyon, Roman Amphitheatre
Lyon, Roman Amphitheatre

Content: Right next to Notre Dame is one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres outside of Rome. The theater holds up to 10,000 people and is used by the city to host many festivals and events throughout the year. When there’s nothing going on, visitors are free to wander around the theater and picture themselves enjoying a concert in roman times.

Aix-en-Provence

Lyon, Aix-en-Provence
Lyon, Aix-en-Provence

Content: Lyon to Aix-en-Provence is approx. 3.5 hours drive. First make stop at the Pont du Gard for a stroll out to this ancient roman aqueduct. Then head into Avignon to check out the Palais des Papes, walk over the Pont Saint-Benezet, wander the cobblestone streets browsing the boutiques and relax in one of the many sidewalk cafes.

Location: Aix-en-Provence

Day 5 - 5 May 2019

Villa Gallici Hotel & Spa

	Aix-en-Provence, Villa Gallici Hotel & Spa
	Aix-en-Provence, Villa Gallici Hotel & Spa
	Aix-en-Provence, Villa Gallici Hotel & Spa

Content: Expect world-class service at this stunning villa. Outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers surrounded by a beautiful garden. Rooms are elegant and there is an onsite restaurant and bar where we had dinner and spent our night with couple of cocktails in the bar.

Location: Aix-en-Provence

Day 6 - 6 May 2019

Arles Amphitheatre

	Aix-en-Provence, Arles Amphitheatre
	Aix-en-Provence, Arles Amphitheatre
	Aix-en-Provence, Arles Amphitheatre

Content: During the summer months this ancient roman amphitheatre comes alive with plays and concerts. For the rest of the year it is open to visitors. Take a walk around and picture yourself back in the roman days watching sporting events, wild-animal hunts, executions of prisoners, and gladiatorial contests.

Marseille’s Vieux Port

	Aix-en-Provence, Marseille’s Vieux Port
	Aix-en-Provence, Marseille’s Vieux Port
	Aix-en-Provence, Marseille’s Vieux Port

Content: The Old Port of Marseille is the beating heart of the city and the Provence region. It is the place where locals and visitors go to relax, eat, drink, shop and just generally enjoy life. Wander through the shops and markets, have a drink or a bite to eat in one of the restaurants, bars and cafes or just stroll along the harbour people watching.

Saint-Remy-de-Provence

	Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Remy-de-Provence
	Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Remy-de-Provence
	Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Remy-de-Provence

Content: This quaint, traditional Provençal village is rather sleepy these days but back in Roman times it was a thriving Roman settlement, the ruins of which can still be seen today. However, this isn’t the town’s only claim to fame. It was also where Van Gogh was housed while being treated for his many psychiatric problems. It’s a lovely town to explore on foot and enjoy a break at one of the many cafes.

Sushi Couronne

	Aix-en-Provence, Sushi Couronne
	Aix-en-Provence, Sushi Couronne

Content: Super cool location, most of the restaurant was underground. Prices were pretty good for being in Aix. Place was clean, server was nice, and the food was great!

Location: Aix-en-Provence

Day 7 - 7 May 2019

Moustiers Sainte-Marie

	Aix-en-Provence, Moustiers Sainte-Marie
	Aix-en-Provence, Moustiers Sainte-Marie
	Aix-en-Provence, Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Content: Hiding up the Gorges du Verdon is the town of Moustiers Sainte-Marie. The drive to this beautiful medieval town is on a long and winding road up the gorge with some spectacular scenery. The village itself is charming and well worth the effort to get there as it seems like time has stood still of hundreds of years.

Digne les Bains Lavender Fields

	Aix-en-Provence, Digne les Bains Lavender Fields
	Aix-en-Provence, Digne les Bains Lavender Fields

Content: Took a drive through the rolling hills of Digne les Bains to see field after field of lavender mass planted. Stop by one of the road-side stalls or country shops to buy all sorts of lavender products from soaps and fragrance sprays to honey and other food products. The lavender blooms from June to August and the locals celebrate with a festival over a few days in August at harvest time.

French Riviera

	Aix-en-Provence, French Riviera
	Aix-en-Provence, French Riviera

Content: Aix-en-Provence to French Riviera – approx. 5 hours if you take the slower coast road the whole way or 3 hours if you take the inland faster route. Left early to make the most of the day and allow time for plenty of scenic stops along the way.

Location: French Riviera

Day 7 - 7 May 2019

La pouletisserie

French Riviera, La pouletisserie

Content: Excellent meal and very well served, friendly atmosphere, you feel at home. In addition, the staff is very pleasant.

Hotel Negresco

French Riviera, Hotel Negresco
French Riviera, Hotel Negresco

Content: Across from the beach, this famous hotel provides luxury rooms and facilities to match. Free wi-fi, four poster beds and on-site fitness centre make this a comfortable choice.

Location: French Riviera

Day 8 - 8 May 2019

Soak up with sun on the beach

French Riviera, Soak up with sun on the beach

Content: While the beaches of Nice aren’t like the white sandy beaches most will be used to, the warm Mediterranean seas are more than enough to get most people over having to walk on pebbles. Whether you hire a sun lounger and umbrella for a day or brave it on the pebbles, a day by the water in Nice is an absolutely must!

Promenade des Anglais

French Riviera, Promenade des Anglais
French Riviera, Promenade des Anglais
French Riviera, Promenade des Anglais

Content: This palm fringed promenade runs for five miles along the beach at Nice and is the place to be and be seen when the sun is shining. We spent a few hours strolling up and down the promenade watching the people enjoy life and this beautiful part of the world.

Old Town

French Riviera, Old Town
French Riviera, Old Town
French Riviera, Old Town

Content: Once we had our time in the sun, headed to the old town to wander around the colourful winding cobblestone lanes. It’s a labyrinth you could easily get lost in passing but tiny local cafes, green grocers and artisan stores. There’s usually a market going on too which gives you a great glimpse into the lives of the locals.

Monaco

French Riviera, Monaco
French Riviera, Monaco

Content: The nicest time of day to enjoy Monaco is just before the sun sets. We took a bus in the late afternoon to explore Le Palais des Princes de Monaco then watch the sun set over the billions of dollar’s worth of yachts in the marina. Finishing off the night in the Monte Carlo Casino or just outside in one of the sidewalk cafes checking out some of the world’s most expensive cars and the wealthy people who own them.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

French Riviera, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
French Riviera, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Content: Got our final art fix of the trip at this museum famous for its Pop Art collection. The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art has a large collection of permanent exhibitions which are free to visit as well as ever-changing temporary exhibitions for a small fee. The building itself is also a work of art and worth a look, as is the view from the roof.