villefranche-sur-mer, france

After our second night in Nice, we took the train from the center of the city to the first town on the coast in the direction of Italy: Villefranche-sur-Mer.  Armed with our favorite chocolate chip breadsticks from the day before, plus a few new bakery finds (when in France!), we were ready to hop from one coastal town to another all day long.  

We made a fairly early start in Villefranche, and as we walked around it seemed like we were the only ones - not complaining, just saying.  The buildings were brightly colored, the harbor tranquil and dotted with boats, and the shutter game was top-notch.  I mean, not that it was necessarily off in other places we visited, but just look at those blues on yellows and greens with pinks - bold choices but they work and look good.  We spent about an hour in Villefranche-sur-Mer, and then because we'd bought a ticket that allowed us to hop on and hop off the train all day, we just took the next train going in the direction of Italy, and off we went.  

D - Anyone who knows me knows that I tend to lean on the optimistic side of things, but I may have outdone myself when I started seriously thinking about the possibility of buying a holiday home in one of these little towns on the French Riviera.  One can dream...

See more from our road trip around southern France: our day in Toulouse here, and all of our stops on our first day: Cahors, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Bouzies, Rocamadour, Padirac CaveLoubressac, and Figeac.  We began our second day in Marcillac-Vallon and Belcastel, made a stop at the Viaduc de Millau before heading into the Gorges du Tarn, and finally checked out the lovely Sainte-Enimie.  That night, we stayed in Le-Pont-de-Montvert.  

We started our third day in Labeaume before driving through the Gorges de l'Ardeche and stopping afterwards in Aiguèze and then spending some time checking out Roman remains in Orange and staying the night in Vaison-la-Romaine.  The next morning we explored Vaison-la-Romaine, drove on to Sisteron and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and through the Gorges du Verdon and stayed the night in Castellane.

The morning of the fifth day of our road trip, we drove to Grasse, onto Saint-Paul-de-Vence, and then to Antibes and finally onto Nice for the night.  On our first morning in Nice we took the train to Monaco and then started explored Nice in the afternoon.

We started our second day in Nice by taking the train along the coast and visiting different towns, the first being Villefranche-sur-Mer.