Saint-Paul-de-Vence

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.

saint-paul-de-vence, france

saint-paul-de-vence, france

My plan for Saint-Paul-de-Vence was to stroll the streets and city ramparts, check out the Wednesday morning farmer's market, and have homemade pasta at Chez Andreas.  We arrived too late for the farmer's market (we did catch someone before they packed up selling socca, a thin pancake made of chickpea flour, water, and oil, and we were glad we did!) although we were there on Wednesday (we weren't THAT late!) but we still did plenty of walking around the town.  We ate the pasta but was it homemade?  That I don't know.  And would I recommend that someone else visiting Saint-Paul-de-Vence go out of their way eat there...probably not.  The food was fine, but not great.