Having spent three glorious weeks in the South of France in between my second and third years at University I have a very romantic notion of The Côte d’Azur. To me its lazy days spent on the pebbly beach in Nice, listening to my disk-man (yes, old ok) with a pain au chocolat and can of fizz for breakfast/lunch and moules frites for dinner in Nice Old Town. Bliss. Obviously in reality it rained for three days solid whilst I was in Cannes and I gave myself a lifelong allergy to molluscs but hey, its the memories that count. And I have nothing but fond ones.
Summer 2016 I am returning to the South of France to Tourrettes with my family, having rented a villa I have already got a list of all the local restaurants, including a one starred Michelin place locally to try.
We’re driving there and have a route planned to take in lots of French gems.
1 Saumur, Loire
The white wine pit stop – Sancerre, Vouvray and Muscadet. A gorgeous town surrounded by vineyards, the birthplace of Coco Chanel which also boasts a mushroom museum! Why not stay at the Chateau de Beaulieu on the banks of the river Loire. Le Gambetta restaurant may hold a Michelin star but it also has set menu’s at a snip of the price you’d usually pay, a speedy three course lunch is €28.
2 St-Émilion, Bordeaux
St-Émilion is an ideal springboard for visiting the famous châteaux around Bordeaux. We absolutely LOVE the value for money at the Hotel Auberge de la Commanderie but if you don’t mind splashing out a little more we’d definitely recommend the Chateau Camiac, c’est tres chic!
When visiting the vineyard, why not stop at the Restaurant afterwards, Les Belles Perdrix de Troplong Mondot has three set menu’s and a view the overlooks the orchard. Logis de la Cadene down the steep alley is a magical place.
4 Chateauneuf du pape
Well, lets take a look at Champagne!