Our time spent in France and Italy was so special and sweet that I feel like I need to pass along all the goodness we encountered on the off-chance that one of you would use any of our recommendations as reference. So start your engines, dearlings... off we go to France! (Italy will be coming your way in a few short days.)
Cote d'Azur / French Riviera
L O D G I N G : La Forge d'Hauterives
Tec and I had a little over a week to spend along the French Riviera. We set up camp at an adorably quaint B & B (La Forge d'Hauterives) while we traveled up and down the coast. We stayed in two of their rooms while we were there: Chambre Bois de Charme and Chambre Bois de Amarante. Both were very nice, with full bathrooms in the room and each with a patio overlooking the back yard. However, if I were to pick, I'd choose the Charme--it had a shower as opposed to only a bath tub, and it was much quieter and felt more secluded than the Amarante. Overall the home is completely perfect, though, with a swimming pool, wireless Internet, a deliciously fresh breakfast, and a kind and helpful owner, Anne d'Hauterives.
The town where this B & B is located is called La Colle sur Loup and is about 10 minutes outside of Nice; staying outside of Nice was the perfect decision for us. We're not huge city people, and La Colle sur Loup was central enough to access any of our destinations easily, but without all the hustle and bustle of a glitzy city like Nice. Our favorite public beach along the coast was the Salis Plage, which is about a five minute car ride down from the Picasso Museum, both of which are in Antibes.
Stay tuned--Tuscany and Florence are coming your way in a couple of days!
Happy autumnal Monday.
// All images thanks to the handsome Tec Petaja //