It’s been almost 3 years since I was last overseas. I thought I’d get back this year for my 40th but instead have decided on some other adventures for the time being.
I have been to France loads of times but was never in the South of France. I found a ridiculous sale through Air France one weekend. $699 for a trip in the Fall – all taxes in. Believe me I have never seen that pricing again since and I’m constantly looking. It was the most romantic and luxurious flight I have even been on. I don’t think I can travel budget again after that journey. The flight hadn’t even taken off but yet the flight attendants had already passed out the menu of what we would be eating and drinking for the next 5 -6 hours. Yes a menu. Consisting of choices of appetizers, entrees, desserts, coffee and tea in real tea cups and saucers, succulent wines and lovely chocolates to end the meal. In the centre of the flight – the main gangway housed serve yourself drinks, pop, water etc. all night. This way you didn’t need to wait for a flight attendant to pass you at 3 a.m.. Instead you could get up and just help yourself. Easy! Oh so civilized.
Air France even had an amazing magazine that detailed more about their travel experiences, where they fly and lovely photography. Honestly I didn’t want to get off the flight when it landed in Paris.
When I did and had to transfer to a smaller regional flight from Paris to Nice – I could feel Grace Kelly’s ghost rambling around the plane. All I could see was blue water, ocean front, quaint little houses and rolling countryside’s as the flight descended.
I was there for 7 days and in that time I discovered Chagall’s art work, checked out the Matisse Museum, visited St. Paul, inhaled the violet and lavender fields, went on a one day train trip to Monte Carlo (you can take a train for around 10 euros), the Grimaldi castle, ate countless baked patisseries, ate more pizza than I ever have in my life, learned about the perfume process at Fragonard Perfumeries, sampled dates, munched marzipan and checked out the church where Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier were married.
Would I go again? In a heartbeat.