Or what we learned from last time
Following on from our post 'A Good Year: A reason for a road trip', we roll forward to 2012, and our second Provençal road trip.
A reference guide
If you love Provence as much as we do, you'll want to start planning your visit now. I so enjoy using the DK Eyewitness books, as they are extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our Provencal road trip, now you can grab the revised copy.
Planning a French Road TripFirst, the mistakes we made last time
However, we wanted more time in one place. On the last trip we'd had seven stopovers in the two weeks leave, on this trip we reduced it to four. We still needed intermediary stops for the journey down, and the drive back home, but we'd split our time between Provence and the Côte d'Azur 50/50.
Our Itinerary this time looked like this;
Dijon (from Calais 353miles/569km)
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (from Dijon 271miles/437km)
Villefranche-sur-Mer (from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence 202miles/325km)
Besançon(from Villefranche-sur-Mer 454miles/730km - to Calais 403miles/648km)
We picked a smaller town too, somewhere it would be good to come back to after touring the countryside.
So we chose Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
It starts in France
Destinations in ProvenceWe picked a winner
More on Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Discovering ProvenceBut this was inspired by 'A Good Year'
A Good Year
Provence by roaddiscovering further afield
Your own adventure
The best of ProvenceSaint-Rémy-de-Provence: A great base to return to
The perfect destination in Provence?All good things...
So after five short days, we left Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
Not before we checked out the town's cemetery though (told you so!)
As we left, we thought, "perhaps we should have stayed just a little longer…" It was that good.
However, we were heading up the coast to the Welcome Hotel in Villefranche-sur-Mer.
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