A real vacation has to start with a real Italian pizza – even if the vacation brings you to France. That is why our first stop on our way to Provence were the cities of Lucca and Pisa in the heart of Tuscany. Both cities are full of wonderful architecture and history and we really enjoyed the two days in Italy before heading to Provence.
At the beginning of our tour we explored the region Haute-Provence, where we, firstly, discovered the world of perfume in Grasse. After we had learned everything about perfume as well as its historic development and had tried our first lavender ice cream, we were literally striving for some relaxation in the tranquil mountain villages. We visited Gourdon, a tiny village lying on an isolated rock at an altitude of 800 meters. The view from up there is phenomenal – we were even able to see the Côte d’Azur. We made our way through the narrow alleys enjoying the lavender scent that came out of the little shops. That evening, we continued our journey and after a two-hour drive arrived in Castellane – the starting point for a trip through the Verdon Canyon. We explored the Canyon the next day, stopping at every view point because the views were just so amazing. As the weather was very hot, we spent the next two days bathing and cooling down at the Lac du St. Croix, where we explored the canyon by paddleboat.
Our next stop was the Luberon, an area with many tiny mountain villages – so romantic and beautiful. We visited a lavender distillery, a lavender museum, typical French markets and totally indulged into the Provence lifestyle. A trip to Avignon and the world-famous Pont du Gard was also on our agenda – it is highly recommendable and a real must-see! After four days exploring tiny mountain villages we were really relaxed and ready for the next stop – Sault and Mont Ventoux. Sault is the lavender capital, surrounded by vast lavender fields covering up the landscape with deep purple carpets. Mont Ventoux is the highest mountain of the Provence region and a famous stage of the Tour de France.
After a week in the boiling heat of Provençal summer, we were more than ready for the coast and a bath in the sea. We stopped in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille for a short walk through the cities and eventually arrived in Cassis, where we spent a day at the beach. We even took a bath in the sea, that was a lot colder than we expected it to be. Heading to the famous cities at the Côte d’Azur, we passed the stunning panoramic route “Route de Crête” and enjoyed the stunning views from the stone cliffs.
The last two days of our vacation, we visited the cities of Saint Tropez, Cannes, Nizza and Monaco to see what the rich and famous do all day long. The vacation ended just as perfect as it started – with a pizza in Italy.