Antibes

the perfect south of france road trip

the perfect south of france road trip

Exactly a year ago, we were in the middle of an 11-day road trip around the South of France.  It was an absolutely massive undertaking to plan, inspired by cheap flights from Madrid to Toulouse and Lonely Planet's France's Best Trips book.  I pieced together many of the different road trip itineraries in the book and added in some additional stops based on blogs and sites I'd read online.  The final plan was very ambitious and had us covering quite a bit of southern France, but the end result was...fabulous (if I do say so myself).  Now, when I think about going anywhere in Europe on vacation, a few places come to mind, and the South of France is without a doubt at the top of that list.

antibes, france

antibes, france

After five days of making our way from Toulouse through villages, gorges, and countryside, Antibes was our first stop as we finally made it to the French Riviera and the Mediterranean Sea.  Antibes aims to impress with a harbor full of yachts, and not just any yachts - on the day we were visiting, the Dilbar, which is the world's biggest yacht, was docked and sitting innocuously off to the side, dwarfing the other mega-yachts of the rich and famous that were tied up nearby.