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The South of France

Last week I wiggled my way down from Holland and my sister traversed half the world from Hawaii, and we had a reunion of epic proportions in the form of a sister trip through the South of France. There was ample eating of brie and baguettes, drinking of cheap French wine, soaking up of the sun, and smelling (and eating!) of all the lavender, which just so happened to be our spotlight ingredient. Here are some things we did and loved and ate.

South of France Gordes

Cavaillon & Gordes

Cavaillon is a quiet town on the edge of the Luberon region, home to some of the coziest towns in the south of France, to include the town of Gordes. It also happens to be home to the famous lavender fields of Provence!

South of France

Bike into Gordes: It’s hard to find an affordable place to stay in Gordes, and with only a few busses running from Cavaillon to Gordes each day (with a previous reservation required, ugh) we found that one of the best ways of getting there is by bike, electric bike that is. It’s about 18 kilometers of easy riding through orchards + 2 km of winding uphill that would, without an electric bike, be hell.

South of France

Soak up the lavender at Sénanque Abbey: Nestled in a valley north of Gordes is a small monastery surrounded by lavender fields.

South of France
South of France

Explore Gordes by foot: I could have spend days slowly exploring this sepia-toned sister of the Cinque Terre! There are innumerable dive-y restaurants and artisanal shops and it’s just adorable.

South of France


The beach town of Cannes feels very lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous-y. From the billboards of Hollywood stars plastered everywhere, to the trillions of dollars of yachts parked cleanly in the harbor. We didn’t do much here except nap under beach umbrellas, stroll the Rue Meynadier, and order appetizers and dessert at Le Cirque.

South of France Cannes
South of France Cannes

Nice & Monaco

Ice cream at Fenocchio: They have flavors like tomato basil, cactus, and olive. When I asked what flavor would go well with lavender, the ice cream scooper shrugged and said, “rose, jasmine…I’ll make you a whole bouquet!” You’re going to want to go here often just to try them all.

South of France Nice Fenocchio

Climb Castle Hill: The climb isn’t all that awful and the view is gorgeous!

South of France Nice Castle Hill
South of France Nice

Get lost in the Old Town: With picturesque winding alleys and colorful old French buildings, don’t even try to not get lost. If you’re lucky, you may even run into Fenocchio twice!

South of France Nice

Take a day trip to Monaco: With trains running often and at about 25 minutes away, Monaco is an easy day trip from Nice. If Cannes was for the rich and famous, then Monaco is for the ridiculously rich and famous. We managed to walk about half of the quiet country (city state? I don’t knoooow) in a day, from the ritzy casino to the Prince’s Palace.

South of France Nice
South of France

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  1. Gorgeous photos, France is stunning! 🙂 Glad you had a nice time with your sister and ate some delicious, unusual flowery ice cream as well 😉