Vaison-la-Romaine

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.

vaison-la-romaine, france

vaison-la-romaine, france

We arrived in Vaison-la-Romaine on Monday evening, the third day of our French road trip, but we didn't get out and do anything besides eat dinner.  The next morning, though, we walked through the extensive weekly market that included fresh produce and items such as meat, cheese, baked goods, and also some products like clothing and leather goods.  It was one of the larger markets we came across during our road trip, and after walking past all of the stalls at least once, we decided we couldn't pass up some of the baked goods.   We got a Saint Genix, a pastry that I believe was filled with red pralines.  It looked amazing, but was really disappointing.  I think what we tried was a variation on the Saint Genix, and the original is actually a brioche filled with red pralines, which we would have preferred.  We also tried an almond pastry, which we liked much better than the Saint Genix.