In September 2016, I visited the South of France for a week and had the most incredible time. It was the first holiday I’d been on with my partner and the first holiday I’d been on of this type (my travels before had included backpacking in Thailand and island hopping in Greece), and I still hold this as the best holiday I’ve ever had! We’re planning to revisit the south of France this year, and I cannot wait. So, here’s what we got up to on our first trip:
Day 1: Paris
To start off our trip, we took the Eurostar from London to Paris, and it was simply incredible. We spent the entire day wandering around, visiting the classic attractions such as the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower – I also stopped off at Laudrée to pick up a box of Blair Waldorf’s favourite macarons of course… We ate at the Michelin star restaurant Allard in the evening, which in all honesty, wasn’t worth the hype but was nice enough. The day was exhausting but so worthwhile and very romantic. We spent the night at an amazing hotel called Seven, which had the most amazing shower, a floating bed and the ceiling was lit up with tiny LED stars! Enjoying a bottle of French vino and a Nutella/Banana French crepe beneath the fake stars was possibly the highlight of my day – even if we were a little tipsy! Paris broke up the journey nicely and made the holiday seem so much longer and I would 100% recommend adding this stop to any trip to the south of France – especially as it’s perfect for those with a fear of flying as the Eurostar stays firmly on the ground.
Day 2: Theoule-sur-Mer
After a quick stop at Paris, we hopped on a plane to Nice and then took a leisurely drive to our villa in Theoulé-sur-Mer. I hadn’t heard of this area in the south of France before, but it was absolutely incredible and very peaceful. Our hotel was called La Cachette and was situated with views of the mountains on one side, and the stunning port on the other. The outdoor hot tub was a fantastic perk and gazed directly into the mountains, a perfect place to watch the sunset. With a few small stretches on quiet beaches, a local shop, post office and the restaurants, Theoule had all you could want from a relaxing holiday! There are four-five restaurants within the town, so we sampled some local pizza for our first night which was delicious and watched the magnificent sunset from the villa.
Day 3: St Tropez
We took a little trip to the well-known area of St. Tropez on day three, and I have to admit that I was a little disappointed. It does look lovely, however, compared to Theoulé, it just didn’t appeal to me at all. We didn’t stay too long but did stay long enough to sip some magnificent icy cocktails at Sénéquier, where all the chairs are styled like red film director seats and you could gaze upon the multi-million-pound yachts in the harbour and dream about one day owning one of our own. After our sight-seeing tour, we headed back to Theoulé to sample some more fine food from the local restaurants before heading back to the hot tub.
Day 4: Cannes
Cannes really is as amazing as everyone says, we took a very long-winded walk from Theoulé to Cannes (well, we only made it to Bocca) which took around two hours. We then hopped on a bus at Bocca to take us into the centre of Cannes after stopping for a quick snack. From the vast array of designer shops to the long stretches of soft sand and interesting restaurants, there is so much to take in and explore! I love looking at the windows of designer shops dreaming of all the items I’ll never be able to buy and the windows here were rather show-stopping! The beaches in Cannes were not quite as inviting as those in Theoulé, mainly because they were far busier, but were still beautiful all the same. From Cannes, we hopped on a double-decker train back to our villa; the tracks run across the coast, so the views out the windows were a perfect way catch a glimpse of the rest of the beauty of the area.
Day 5: Nice
Although we’d flown into Nice airport, we hadn’t explored there at all, so on day five, we decided to head into the city. Nice is full of beautiful architecture, street art and sights and we spent hours wandering around, fuelled on Nutella crepes and sunshine! In the evening we ate at a lovely Italian restaurant after watching the sunset, and enjoyed fresh pizza and cocktails before heading back to Theoulé.
Day 6: Monaco
On day six we decided to venture a little further afield, driving out to Monaco. We spent most of the afternoon exploring, and wow, Monaco is a real beauty and you can really see the wealth from a mile away. My personal favourite was the Japanese gardens as they were so beautiful and relaxing. Before heading home, we got a little dressed up and took a trip to the Monte Carlo Casino, as you do! I played just three rounds of Roulette and won a grand total of €760! I honestly couldn’t even believe my luck (and in my shock, I forgot to cash in a €100 chip aaa). I quickly decided to spend my money on a pair of classic red Louboutins… which I still to this day have not worn. The casino itself is very impressive, although it’s a shame that the dress code doesn’t kick in until the evening. I still enjoyed myself dressed up with an espresso martini in hand and €660 richer! Lucky number four and 23. Monaco is beautiful but exhausting, almost everywhere you walk is sloped, but the architecture, designer shops and sunshine meant that you don’t even realise how far you’ve walked until you stop for a few minutes!
Day 7: Cannes & Theoulé
Ok, so we stayed for a little longer than a week if you include the Paris stop… Day seven was a very relaxed day where we lounged by the beach and nipped into the sea for a little swim. We then headed back to Cannes for a few hours, and went back to down to settle down for another fine dinner in Theoulé (I wish I could remember exactly what I ate each night, I was very surprised to look back at my photos and not find images of everything I ate/drank.)
Day 8: Theoulé
Day eight was our last full day in the south of France, so we decided to make the most of Theoulé-sur-Mer. We cooked lunch in our villa, sunbathed on the decking, headed to the beach and spent the day on a sun lounger eating banana splits and drinking mojitos in between dips in the sea. It was such a beautiful day (although we were incredibly sad that the holiday was over). In the evening, we went to a small local restaurant which was a little hidden from the other options, and the food was DELICIOUS. The ladies who ran the restaurant were lovely and made such an effort to ensure that everything was perfect. I remember the molten chocolate pudding I had for dessert being so gooey and indulgent, mmm. After that, we walked back up the hill to our villa to spend our last few moments in the hot tub with a glass of bubbles, and it was a perfect end to a perfect holiday.
The next day we simply packed up and headed to the airport for our lunchtime flight. I can’t even express how much I enjoyed that (long) week, and am SO excited to return again this year. I’m in the process of planning a post on where I’d like to visit in the south of France (that I’ve not already mentioned), so keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment! I’ve also started learning French again recently (I’ve not practised for nearly 10-years now), so I’m hoping to be able to show off some of my new skills on our next holiday!