30th 21st birthday my mother asked me what I would like for an extra special present. The very first thing that popped into my head was a holiday to the South of France. I have been desperate to visit for years and years. I hate flying so I wanted to experience a jolly without the anxiety of having to get on a plane. I won’t ever stop flying, I flew 10 times last year. It just felt so nice not having that feeling niggling over me. We decided on a ferry and road trip through France.
After looking at a few places online I decided on our longest stay to be in the Medieval village of Tourettes Sur Loup in the French Rivera. I thought I would try out airbnb for the first time and this charming 3 story house with roof terrace was booked for 4 nights.
After 2 days driving through France, stopping off at Le Mans, Tour & Bourges; we finally arrived late at night. The stone building streets were eery and quiet. My spiritual mother was convinced there would be ghosts “there has to be some Kylie, these buildings are hundreds of years old. What if I can’t sleep!”. Even though the house was beautiful and rustic I did doubt myself for a moment. The fact there was no 3G/4G signal and no WIFI was giving me a slight anxiety attack.
Morning came and we stepped out onto the roof terrace and admired the views. The square had a market and people were eating brunch on tables in the street. The village looked so quaint and beautiful and most importantly….nothing went bump in the night. Not that I expected it to anyway. I also learnt 3G worked on the 3rd floor…hooray!
Tourette Sur Loup is most known for its violet and craft & artisan shops. So after a quick stop at the market for fruit & veg (and a shopping spree for clothes on a cotton and linen stall), we started our explore. Eva kept finding little hand painted ornaments she wanted. I love how she can create little imaginative worlds with just about anything.
It is very rude in France not to greet the shop assistant/owner when you walk in. In the UK you generally enter a shop and the assistant will greet you (sometimes). The lady in the above shop told us off in a nice way so after that we were “bonjour, bonjour, bonjour” in every shop we walked in. It’s not something I had noticed in North or France, but our friend that lives in Cannes confirmed its the ‘done thing’ in these parts.
Wearing a loose shirt I bought in the Tourette market.
The handbag shop was calling me and after much deliberation I picked a small cross body with an unusual cylinder shape. The lady then branded my initials into the side.
What I also loved about Tourettes Sur Loup was that we were so close to Cannes, Nice, Monaco which we also visited. Also a similar, but bigger and more touristy village called St Paul. A friend of ours had moved to the South of France a few years ago so it was nice to catch-up with her and meet her little boy there.
I have another post coming up which will show you all the places we visited on our drive through France. I couldn’t recommend this beautiful village enough. So close to the famous spots, but being able to escape back to peace and tranquility.