Aix-en-Provence and the Côte d’Azur (and a little bit of Italy too!)

September 22, 2011

Last weekend, two friends and I took a very last minute trip to the south of France, based on a quick check of the weather ( and a fear for our precious summer days that are dwindling away….

St. Tropez & the view from Gassin (above)

For me, it was a combination of new and old.  I had been to Aix twice before, but its vibrant old town and impressive tree-lined streets are always a welcome sight.  I had spent a month in Villefranche-sur-mer and a month in Sanremo, Italy, and the spell of those seaside towns always draws me back.


I had never been to St. Tropez.  In fact, I avoided it during my extended stays in Villefranche and Sanremo, thinking it would just be over-priced, over-crowded, snobby and hence over-rated.  It was indeed over-priced, but delightful nonetheless, especially in the warm sun.


September is a nice month to visit the south: the bulk of the crowds have gone away but the summer sun (for the most part) remains.

Eze Village

I have posted the detailed itinerary for my trip, including recommendations for hotels, restaurants and activities, under Weekend Itineraries.

Villefranche, Gelato in Nice (for people with no portion control) & Gassin

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