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.
We spent a good bit of the third day of our French road trip, a Monday, exploring the Gorges de l'Ardeche, but before we got started, we left our Airbnb and set off in search of breakfast. As was our mission most mornings in France, we were hoping to find some good pastries this particular morning, but as we soon learned, most patisseries close on Mondays. What we found that morning was definitely not a highlight of the trip, although it was pretty enough to warrant a picture, as you'll soon see. We settled for treats we found somewhere that felt similar to a convenience store, both in range of products and in quality of goods (in other words, they weren't great)...but alas, we had eleven days in France and you can't make every meal a winner during a trip that long.