In the Spring of 2015, I journeyed to France, Spain, France, and Italy for 5 1/2 weeks travelling around by car and train. My blog posts which are published from April 13-May 23 outline my journey and during this time the views were incredible and I had experiences that were truly unique. Here’s a summary:
Loire Valley (Week one): based near Amboise for 4 nights and near Blois for 2 nights. This allowed my friend Judy and I ample time to see 14 chateaux of the Loire, including the famous ones: Chenonceaux, Chambord, Villandry, and Chaumont-Sur-Loire
Paris (Week two): never-ending things to see and do. Highlights included doing a “French Revolution” walking tour.
Spain (Week three): right next door to France, so I went by train to Barcelona and then Costa Brava (Lloret de Mar) to attend the TBEX conference. Sadly I made the mistake of getting on the wrong train heading to Spain. Had to buy another ticket but finally made it to Barcelona.
Provence (Week four and five): my favourite place due to the beautiful villages and great markets. So much to see and two weeks wasn’t really enough, even though I had been to this area many times before. Two of the highlights: a truly Provencale meal only locals taste and bike riding in Provence on flat terrain!
And I absolutely loved staying in this house in Murs (located not far from Gordes). I fact I have stayed here twice.
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La Sarriette is located just outside the small village of Murs, and is right next door to the owners. I had a 1 bedroom with a living room, kitchen, and two bathrooms. One thing I enjoyed each afternoon? Sitting on the terrace with a glass of wine with a view of the Provençal landscape. Heaven.
Cinqueterre, Italy (last 4 days): should be on everyone’s bucket list. The five (Cinque) towns are beautiful and although the hikes can be strenuous, the views are worth it. If you don’t want to hike, you can always take the train or ferry. Post: France to Cinqueterre