One Week Road Trip in Southern France and Monaco

A few weeks ago, when Nora the Professional Hobo asked me to write a guest post for her blog, I was very excited. My first guest post! Nora has a great guest post series in her blog called “Week-In-The-Life series“. She said:

“The series is intended to give readers a sense of what the “daily grind” of long-term or full-time travel is like. It includes some of the “little details” of daily life that armchair travelers might not be cognizant of in the scope of our travels. The beauty of such a concept is that the daily grind of travel is so very different for every traveler….it’s worth celebrating!”

In this biweekly series, she has featured more than 20 travelers (or couples) since June 2009. Ryan and I are delighted to join the series.

Carcassonne Fortress as we drove by

Carcassonne Fortress as we drove by

We typically take our time in exploring new places, but for this series we decided to write our experiences doing a road trip in the beautiful countryside of southern France and Monaco. Without having a fixed plan, other than having to return the rental car in Paris we hit the road. That week, we drove over 2000 km stopping in various places like Lourdes, Narbonne, Marseille, Monaco, and Avignon. We had to balance sightseeing, driving long distances, working, and doing various travel chores. That week, we saw an accident happened right in front us in Toulouse, were enchanted by the illuminated Carcassonne fortress as we drove by it almost midnight, imagined the life of the Count of Monte Cristo as a prisoner in a medieval fortress, were dive-bombed by angry seagulls in the Frioul Archipelago off Marseille, and explored Monaco at 1 am in the morning.

Chateau d'If

Chateau d'If

Please read our full French road trip story at the Professional Hobo! After that, don’t forget to check out other traveler’s experience too. Thanks again, Nora, for giving us the opportunity to participate in this series!

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2 Responses to “One Week Road Trip in Southern France and Monaco”

  1. Farnoosh
    19 May 2010 at 11:54 am #

    Delightful (except for the accident and the sea gulls of course ;))! Driving and being on road trips is such a nice way to bond with your loved one and test your patience especially if you have to balance work. I have yet to make it to Monaco but oh I loved the Count of Monte Cristo!

    • Dina
      24 August 2010 at 11:31 am #

      I loved the book too! Captivating! Seeing the seeting fo the book was just special to me :)

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