From the French Riveira, to a wedding in Burgundy, to saboring in Champagne, and spending a week in Paris....we had quite the adventure of a trip!
(bulk pics at the bottom)
Airline: Norwegian (Boston to Paris roundtrip) Airfrance (Paris to Nice)
Rental: Europcar (Nice Airport/Saint Tropez/Burgundy/Champagne/Paris)
Road Tolls/Gas: It adds up...fast (just used our credit card at the toll)
Transport in Paris-Metro: Navigo card (we were there for a week, ~30 euros AND MAKE SURE TO KEEP THE SECOND CARD AND GET YOUR PHOTO ON IT or you will pay a penalty)
Hotels: L'Oursin in Cap Ferrat (very basic), Saint Hotel Andre in Saint Tropez (impressive customer service/great people working here/great location), Burgundy (Gilly): Chateau de Gilly, Champagne (Ludes): Chateau de Ployeux Jacquemart, Paris: Airbnb between 6th/7th eme
Saint Jean Cap Ferrat (SJCF): right near Nice, where the elite stay/have homes, we walked/took bus and train to Eze and Monte Carlo, Monaco (NOTE: check train times, Ubers DO NOT pick up in Monaco)
Saint Tropez: best way to get there is with your own car (rental), we stayed right off the main beach (Pampelonne) and it was only a 7 min drive to Old Town, the best beach place is Cap Taillat (30 min from our hotel)
Valensoles: fields of Lavender and Sunflowers (you can smell the lavender by just rolling down your windows) - we drove here on our way to Burgundy
Burgundy (Vougeot/Gilly): Burgundy is filled with such cute, small towns, people who visit here are mainly here for the wine
Champagne (Ludes): 10 min drive to Reims which is the main city where the cathedral is (traditional location for king coronations), fields and fields of grapes its quite the sight
Paris: took Metro here once was in the city
This trip took months of going back and forth to see what we both wanted to do. I wish we had figured out our specific way of traveling before more in detail so we could see where the common ground was and how to go about planning our days in Paris. It is very important to know what/how the people you are with like to travel. It can make or break a trip.
Our Trip Itinerary:
Day one arrive In Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Walked along water then found restaurant and bar at plage de passable.
Day two: We walked along water other way after stopping st saint Jean market for fresh fruit. Went to pool area at Grand hotel du cap ferrat. Spent day there (140 euros to use the pool for the day/have a sun bed) Met new friends from New York: Alex and Caroline and Carl and Fran. Then walked back and went to dinner near marina. Met Michael a lawyer from Denmark who lives in Paris who was sitting at the table next to us.
Day three: went to Paloma beach picked up a sandwich at the local bakery for lunch. Spent the day there (just brought a towel and sat on the public side). We went to Monaco that night. Took the bus then train to Monte Carlo. Had a light dinner of a sandwich and drink at Cafe du Paris. Sat in the front so we could watch all the cars show up at the casino (you can only order light snacks and drinks near the road, if you want dinner you won't be able to see all the cars) We then walked around and had drinks in the bar at a fancy hotel called Hotel Metropole. Drinks were very expensive here. We