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Updated: Feb 8, 2021

Monday, 8 February 2021.


South of France or Southern France?

Well, Southern France, also known as the South of France is such a charming region, wonderful buildings, history and delicious cuisine.

I travelled to the South of France with my partner on 21. August 2020 which is in summer. The first impression for me when I reached there was...HOT, lol. I mean 35 degrees, but it's nice and wonderful there.

The first place we stayed at Avignon, the city is full of history and stunning architecture.

Avignon is also famous for The Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as the Pont d'Avignon, is a famous medieval bridge in the town of Avignon, in southern France. The bridge was the inspiration for the song Sur le Pont d'Avignon and is considered a landmark of the city. In 1995, the surviving arches of the bridge, together with the Palais des Papes and Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms were classified as a World Heritage Site.

During the time we stayed in Avignon, we also drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

It takes us about 1 hr and 15 minutes, was not so bad to drive there. Along the way are nice fields, horse farms (horse stables). But the climax was, about 4 Kilometres before we reached the beach there is a parking on the left side where we have seen thousands of flamingos. And some of them flown over our head, that's was so amazing.

After we had enough of watching flamingos in the strong sun, we made a move to the nice white sand beach in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. The cute city with many ice-cream shops and souvenir shops, so if you forget your swimsuit or anything just don't worry, in the town they have everything.

(This for dogs lovers) I must say, it's quite unfortunate that they don't allow dogs on some of the beach area (I have three dogs and next time I would like to bring them along). But! I have found the beach that the dogs are allowed too! Just need to drive into the Avenue Commandant Jacques Y. Cousteau and you will see the parking for the caravan (but every car can park) (Cost is 5 Euros for parking for the full day) then you can drive as far as you want (I parked on the beach after crossing a small bridge) then you will reach the nice beach and dogs are allowed too!

After got the sun-kissed, we got back to Avignon and spent time in the romantic evening.

On the next day, we went to Arles.

Arles is famed by the city of art and history, listed as World Heritage of Humanity UNESCO.

And also well-known that Arles was where Vincent van Gogh spent a year in 1888, completing many masterpieces of scenes you can visit around the city.

We visited the Amphitheatre, Tiberius Caesar Augustus created following the urbanization of the city of Arles ordered by during a long period of prosperity. The engineers in charge of the construction, inspired by the Colosseum in Rome.

After Arles we head back to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to get in the sea a little bit, then back to Avignon.

The next day we make a move to Montpellier but on the way we drive through Aigues-Mortes and stop there for lunch and walked around. My first impression was "This town is so small inside the great wall!". But in the way, this town is so cute and I love the Great Wall that they build. Pink Salt Lakes (Salin d’Aigues-Mortes) or salt of Aigues-Mortes, the largest salt marsh in the Mediterranean, producing about 500,000 tons of salt per year! We didn't take a look at it closer, but of course you can see it from the moon because it's so pink. lol

Then we made a move to Montpellier (Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of Montpellier). This city is so close to the beach (only half hour we already at the beach), we have a bad first impression there (about to finding the hotel), for the reason that the road are kind of complicated, but anything out of that are great!

We have really great and nice dinners in Montpellier, take a look around the beautiful architectures and everywhere are crowded (Of course everybody needs to put on a mask). Most thing that I like over there is The Planet Ocean World. I love animals and fishes are animal, so I love this place, no more explanation. lol

The Planet Ocean World has over 3500 animals of 400 species originating from all the seas and oceans around the globe. From the Mediterranean wonders to the depths of the Indian Ocean, from the South African splendours to the Atlantic Ocean and the Amazon.

And they have Sharks in the tanks! (not a great white shark but they are still sharks).

Three days and Two nights in Montpellier was gone, we move to St. Tropez and on the way we stoped in Cap Camarat (Quartier Bonne Terrasse, 83350 Ramatuelle, France).

White nice rocks and when I reached at the point, I have to say a big wow. This is so beautiful pov, blue ocean, big and small yachts, St.Tropez and white massive rocks.

After we take a look at Cap Camarat, we drove to St. Tropez, the city that full of charming, rich and yachts.

I fell in love with this city. It is well-cleaned and gives you very luxury city vibes. We have nice cuisines and look at the luxury yachts around. And in St. Tropez, it is also well known about famous ice-cream shops and luxury stores all around the town and many super-cars driving around the city.

Unfortunately, I choose to stay here only one night, but the town will always be in my memory.

We drove to Nice on the next day to stay there for 3 nights. I love Nice, and I think most people are too. Stones beach, restaurants and everything there is fun and nice like its name.

We also went to Monaco to see the small country. It takes just 30 - 40 minutes from Nice (but it depends on which way you drive). We drove along the sea, so it took us like 50 minutes as I remember.

We walked from Musée océanographique de Monaco, Prince's Palace of Monaco. Then we stopped at the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo. Wow! There is full of my favourite super-cars, like Rolls Royce, Bentley etc. And the hotel looks beautiful with luxury brand stores nearby.

We had a nice dinner there, and then we headed back to Nice.

The next day we made a trip to have lunch Cannes and drove to Réserve de Peche du Cap Roux. There is looks like Cap Camarat but massive red rocks. This place is an excellent place for diving or snorkelling. We didn't do that because the beach was full of people, so we took some pictures then drove back to Nice.

After that, we just enjoyed the time in Nice, with nice seafood, shopping and drinking.

We were immensely enjoyed there, and I was a little bit lazy to grab my camera everywhere, that's why I didn't take many pictures of places.

It was a really great time in South of France, and we will go back there again when the COVID-19 pandemic getting better.

If you are reading until here, I have to say "Thank you so much for reading my blog, this is the first blog that I wrote, and I wish you all like it. Sorry if I didn't mention or if I missed some information. If you have any things to suggest or want to comment on something, please feel free to do it!"

Thank you again, and have a nice day!

Chanakan B.


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