Sometimes the daily grind just gets a bit too much for us all. Repeating the same routine over and over again, without the chance to experience new things is draining to say the least. Whether you are a person who travels regularly, or not at all, having a regular break to a new environment is beneficial for your health; both physical and mental. If you are like me and are from the UK, France is an easy hop over the Channel but still offers us a completely different culture, making it a perfect choice for a mini break in the south of France. Below are the main reasons that you really need to take trip over there!
French cuisine is actually my favourite that I have experienced so far. The combination of light bread, creamy textures, and strong flavours makes me drool just thinking about it. Starting the day with a croissant or pain au chocolat and a good cup of coffee is up there with my top three things to do (along with eating roasted aubergine in the bath, but that’s another story all together).
The French tradition is to eat their largest meal at lunchtime and then have a light meal in the evening. For those of us that struggle with bloating and feeling sick in the evening, this is the perfect meal plan for you! The awesome thing is that the South of France is so close to the Italian border that you can just pop over and grab some authentic Italian cuisine in the form of cheesy pizzas and rich pastas. In the evening you can snack lightly on fresh vegetables or a roasted chicken from the local Chacuterie… mmm…
This area of France is recognisable by its distinctive Meditteranean landscape: rocky outcrops and dry vegetation such as olive trees. Behind Monaco and Nice, the land rises into mountains, so if you are staying in one of the small towns and villages in these hills, you can see out to Greece or across to Italy, or just get lost in the depth of the horizon. There are lots of little walks to find these viewpoints, the photo above was taken from a quarry below the village of La Turbie.
It’s always nice to feel like you are making an effort to learn more about the place that you are staying in. Most towns around the world have got a rich history that can be uncovered with just a little digging. Did you know that Monaco was once visited by Hercules himself, son of Zeus?! And looking into the hills you will be able to pick out the distinctive silhouette of The Trophy of Augustus, built after he went into the Alps and defeated the barbarians that were there. If you are more interested in recent history, then Monaco has got some beautiful art deco architecture such as the Hotel de Paris, or this staircase that my dad and I spotted.
When planning your break to the south of France, consider the time of year that you are going. It can get blissfully hot and sunny from about June time onwards, which is great for lounging by the pool, but not for trekking in the midday sun. I just went in April, and it was warm enough in the day for a skirt and t-shirt, but I always kept a jacket with me and in the evening it got pretty cool. Also watch out for the chance of rain.
Most people in the region do not fill up their swimming pools until June, when the sun is warm enough to naturally heat the water. A pool is essential for cooling off in if outside lounging in the sun and reading your book, so bear this in mind.
I hope that this has helped persuade you to take a mini break to the south of France. it did me a world of good, and I’m sure it will do the same for you! Have you ever been to this region? Which was your favourite town or village? Do you have any must-sees and dos? Let me know!