A wonderful, eye-popping and amazing adventure with a surprise just about at every twist and turn! Just loved it from Paris to Dijon and especially Chamonix. How gob-smacking to venture out onto the balcony in my room in Chamonix to have Mont-Blanc and the glacier right in my face! Down through the Alps and the awesome views on the Route Napoleon to the Cote d'Azur which lived up to its reputation of glitz and glamour. The blue Mediterranean as blue as ever but the most fun was in Monte Carlo and the beauty of Monaco, so elegant. Moving west, it just got better, day by day. Loved the Hotel in Nimes where the staff were hospitality students - top marks to these young people; and onto Carcassonne - oh, my gosh, now that is one absolutely awesome double-walled city! Beautifully preserved, situated on a rise - can you imagine how impregnable that city was in medieval times! One of my very favourite places - beautiful church, 3 tenors singing, enough to bring a tear (or two) to my eye - these days, a peaceful town to stop and admire. A shame to leave it.
Moving on, the 14th century Pont Valentre and area of Cahors just so beautiful. Rocamadours reputation didn't disappoint - how did they build that hanging out of a cliff face! Perigueux and early morning walk through this medieval town before the current residents really stirred was so lovely as were the raspberries from the lady with the market stall - so cheap and delicious! Onto Bordeaux and the TGV - what a hoot! Great way to travel back to Paris to final dinner - so much fun at Les Noces de Jeannette and canard a l'orange - mix in a lovely lady with accordion and French songs, lots of singing, wine and laughter made the 'white-knuckle' ride back through Paris traffic even more hilarious - especially from front seat!
Our driver on tour, Emilio, was just the best - those alpine roads in mist and drizzle not for the feint-hearted but he always made us feel safe - with a smile. Tour Director, Marie-Claire, top marks - her knowledge, attitude, organisation, sense of humour and accent - top notch! What can I say - a brilliant holiday, first time travelling by myself ever, no problem. Food was mostly really yummo, especially first and last nights in Paris with the group - the menu was excellent those nights - never seen so many vineyards - as far as the eye could see in some provinces - and I enjoyed the fruits of their labour too! And what might seem a small thing but one that was always so welcoming in little villages to bigger towns are the big baskets of colourful flowers, reds and bright pinks, hanging on posts, fences, bridges, wherever a basket of flowers could fit - viva la Francaise! (Ed. You sound like a hoot too Fay! Glad you enjoyed your trip)