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Nice Côte d’Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

To be honest, I didn’t expect that a trip to France would take place this August. The invitation for an individual press trip to Nice Cote d’Azur that came from Atout France took me by surprise. I’ve been to France many times before, but never in the French Riviera. It felt like it was time to change this.

Nice Côte d'Azur

I flew to Nice from Vienna on a Friday evening and returned on Monday evening. I spent an amazing weekend in Nice. This amazing opportunity, to spend a wonderful weekend in the French Riviera, is possible when you book with Wizz Air.

Nice Côte d'Azur
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Nice Côte d'Azur photography

Within 3 days, I managed to explore Nice and its surroundings: Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu, Villefranche and Eze Village. How many exciting things you can do in just 3 days. When I returned to Vienna, my mind and heart was full! 

As always, I am happy to provide you with 13 travel tips for Nice Cote d’Azur, and as for the rest, I will let the photos do the talking. 

Nice Côte d'Azur photography

1. Buy a French Riviera Pass. It will save you time and money. 

Nice Côte d'Azur photography

2. First thing to do in Nice Cote d’Azur:
Walk along the world-famous Promenade des Anglais to get a first impression of the city. 

Nice Côte d'Azur photography

3. During the next days of your stay in Nice Cote d’Azur: Explore the old city, downtown, the port and the hills. 

Promenade des Anglais

4. First thing to do in the early morning: Pay a visit to the flower and vegetable market in Cours Saleya.
Try the local specialties such as: Pan bagnat, Pissaladière and the Fougasse. 

Promenade des Anglais

5. Visit the Castle Hill. From here, you will be able to see Nice and its surroundings from above.
This is a must! 

Nice Cote d’Azur architecture

6. Have dinner at a beach restaurant! 

Nice Cote d’Azur architecture

7. Visit a museum in Nice. There are plenty of them, so you need to select the ones that interest you.
I visited the Photography Museum which was located in the heart of the Old Town, exactly next to the flower market. 

Nice Cote d’Azur architecture

8. Join a guided tour. This can be a food and wine tour, a tour by bike or by boat. 
Eze Village and its exotic garden
Eze Village France exotic garden
 
9. Visit the Greek Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu sur Mer. 

panorama view Eze Village France exotic garden

10. Visit Eze Village and its exotic garden that offers a breath-taking panorama over the French Riviera and the Mediterranean sea. 

panorama view Eze Village France exotic garden

panorama view Eze Village France exotic garden

panorama view Eze Village France exotic garden

panorama view Eze Village France exotic garden

panorama view Eze Village France exotic garden

panorama view Eze Village France exotic garden

11. Visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its theme gardens.
Walk down to Saint Jean Cap Ferrat afterwards, and end the day in one of the beaches.

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur
Nice Côte d'Azur
 

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur
Nice Côte d'Azur
 
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
 

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

12. Make a stop above Villefranche sur Mer to admire the panorama and take some photos. 

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

13. For drinks and dinner on a rooftop Bar, head to Hotel Monsigny during sunset time. 

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Hotel in Nice: The Deck Hotel 

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Those who are looking more informations, please visit the official website of Nice Tourism Board and follow their Instagram account. 

If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer in the comment section below! 

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*Disclaimer: Individual Press trip organized by Atout France in collaboration with Wizz Air.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel
Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel
 

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel
Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel
 

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

All photos taken by me

Although I am not a huge ski fan, I wouldn’t turn down an invitation to visit the 5 star Hôtel Le Strato in Courchevel 1850. Because deep inside, I knew that this would be a dreamlike winter getaway, and that I would need a break from the busy city life. After all, Courchevel is not only for ski lovers…

With that in mind, I hopped on a train that December morning, from Paris en route to Gare de Chambéry. From my very first day at Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel, I could recall the warm welcome by the reception. It started with a welcome snack, which was very much needed after a 3 hour train ride. I was also given a tour of the hotel that helped me orientate myself with the premises and felt excited for what was about to happen in the next days.

On the first day, we visited the village and took photos in front of a huge Christmas tree, then we returned to the hotel to enjoy the heated indoor pool, followed by dinner. The next day, we ventured out to the mountains.

Although the whole experience was utterly dreamy, here are a few of my favorite moments and things that I would like to share with you:

If only life could always be like this…unfortunately after 3 nights of staying at Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel 1850, I had to say goodbye and get back to my busy city life again.

I hope you enjoyed these photos and inspired you to visit this charming property at the foot of the slopes in Courchevel 1850.

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The Viennese Girl visited Courchevel 1850 in partnership with Atout France and IF Communication. 

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 

One week in Provence

One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 
One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 
One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 
One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 
One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 
One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 
One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 

In this blog post I would like to share a selection of photos that I took during the 5th, 6th and 7th day in Provence, as well as some travel tips that might be useful if you plan to visit this beautiful region in the South of France. Regarding my photos from the first 4 days of the trip, you can see them here and here.

Day 5: On day 5 in Provence, we swapped our rental car for two electrical bikes and went on a cycling tour on the “Luberon by bike” itinerary for 10/12km. The tour started on a little village called Les Taillades. If you like cycling, as much as I do, then you might consider to add this activity to your list with the things to do in Provence. From Les Taillades to our final cycling destination, Oppède le Vieux, there are signs that indicate the route everywhere, so no need to worry about getting lost. Simply enjoy the route and make sure to stop repeatedly along the way to take pretty pictures, as the landscape is ideal for that. En route to Oppède le Vieux, we crossed postcard-worthy villages such as Robion and Maubec where we had numerous photo stops. In Oppède le Vieux, there is a quaint restaurant called “Le Petit Café” with a colourful garden. You might want to stop by for a little break.

Next stop, according to our schedule, was The Museum of the Lavander. Here we had the chance to learn all about Provence’s symbolic flower and its cultivation and buy all things lavender. I personally loved the lavender tea.
We spent the night in the little hilltop town of Gordes, where we dined and stayed at the hotel Le petit Palais d’Aglaé.

If you are around this area, don’t forget to pay a visit to the medieval Sénanque Abbey.

Day 6: Day six in Provence began at the Hotel La Mirande in Avignon. We were supposed to do the check in early and head out to visit Les Halles market but I was captured by the interior design of La Mirande that had me taking more pictures than I should. As a result, we ran out of time and since the market is only open until 1.30 pm, we didn’t make it on time. Nevertheless, we pressed on with our schedule.

Apart from dancing on the famous bridge of Avignon, here are a few other things to do:

  • Visit Palace of the Popes, the biggest gothic palace, home to the Sovereign Pontiffs in the 14th century and stroll through the 19th century hilltop garden (panoramic view on the old city)
  • Visit Avignon’s bridge from the 13th century, famous fot its song.
  • Take the free shuttle boat at the bottom of Avignon’s bridge and walk along the chemin de halage on the Barthelasse island (the biggest river island in Europe). Enjoy the view on the bridge and the city.
  • Stroll around the old city: Have a look at the creators event: Printemps des ateliers in the Cloître St Louis hotel.
  • Shopping areas: rue Joseph Vernet (fashion, antics, creators), rue St Agricol, place Crillon, rue des marchands.

Day 7: In the last day of our Provence trip we crossed the river Rhône and drove to the opposite side to Avignon, to explore another charming medieval little town called Villeneuve les Avignons.

We explored the little town on foot. We visited St-André Abbey and its gardens and the Chartreuse of Villeneuve-Les-Avignon, in warm sunshine. Not so many tourists here. I would rather say, Villeneuve les Avignons is a quiet village but this tranquillity and calmness was all we needed in our last day in Provence.

Last night in Provence was spent at Hôtel Le Prieuré Baumanière where we enjoyed excellent food and wine that made us feel truly cosseted.♥

The Viennese Girl visited Provence in partnership with Atout France and Volotea

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Hotel La Mirande Avignon

Hotel La Mirande Avignon
Hotel La Mirande Avignon
 
Hotel La Mirande Avignon
Hotel La Mirande Avignon
 

Hotel La Mirande Avignon

Hotel La Mirande Avignon

Hotel La Mirande Avignon
Hotel La Mirande Avignon
 

Hotel La Mirande Avignon

Hotel La Mirande Avignon

Hotel La Mirande Avignon

Hotel La Mirande in Avignon was one of the hotels we had the honour to stay in during our press trip in Provence. And for me personally, it was one of the highlights of the trip, and hence I am happy to feature it here on The Viennese Girl blog.

After I’ve stayed in Royal Mansour in Marrakesh and on a private island in the Maldives (both experiences occured last year), I was thinking that nothing else would ever impress me again.

This beautiful mansion at the foot Palais des Papes in the heart of Avignon, La Mirande, proved how wrong I was. If you follow along on Instagram, you might have already seen the live stories and all the excitement we encountered the minute we stepped into our room at Hotel La Mirande Avignon. Once we arrived, we took some pictures quickly of the interior and in the beautiful courtyard gardens and then we headed out to explore the city. I will tell you about that day in Avignon on the next blog post.

In the evening, we had dinner downstairs, in the old-style basement kitchen, where we shared the same large wooden table with other hotel guests and some other foreign travellers who weren’t staying in the Hotel. The meal was prepared by Chef Séverine Sagnet and her assistant. They cooked in front of us, told us stories about food and their love for the local ingredients and we finished the dinner singing the famous children’s song Sur le pont d’Avignon.

What a beautiful experience to stay at Hotel La Mirande Avignon! I added this historical property to the list with my top 3 favourite hotels in the world.

The Viennese Girl visited Provence in partnership with Atout France and Volotea

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Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
 

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
 
Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
 
Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
 
Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
 

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence
 

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence

During our fourth day in Provence, we found ourselves on the road with direction to Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence. I have seen this 5 stars hotel in many different publications, as well as photos in social medias. Needless to say, I was very excited for this visit and see it with my own eyes.

Upon arrival at the hotel, we got to try a few delightful regional delicacies at the restaurant La Cabro d’Or. We have been told that the ingredients that were used for the meals were gathered at the hotel’s garden. After we finished lunch, we were invited to have a quick glance into the kitchen, where we had the pleasure of personally meeting and thanking the chef and his colleagues for this lovely welcome.

Although I would have easily spent the whole day in the hotel, there were two activities on our schedule that I didn’t want to miss. First, a visit to Les Carrières de Lumières and second, a visit to Les Baux de Provence Village.

Unfortunately, I don’t have many photos from Les Baux de Provence Village because our visit was quite short, and by the time we were there, the mountain little village was crowded and the light was quite harsh.

Afterwards we returned to the hotel. But before we left for dinner at L’Oustau de Baumanière, we took some photos that you can see in the post above, in the beautiful gardens of Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence.

Later on, at the 2 star Michelin restaurant L’Oustau de Baumanière, we were offered an 8 course dinner. This must have been the best dinner I’ve ever had in my life. It’s hard to describe such a perfection with words. You have to go and experience it yourself. After this experience, I am afraid I will have some troubles with returning to my ordinary kitchen, and I have already started considering taking up French cooking lessons.

We only stayed one night at Baumanière les Baux-de-Provence, but for sure I can easily imagine spending one whole week in this magical place. The next day was day 6 in Provence, a day we had to leave this beautiful property very early in the morning for our drive to the next stop, to Luberon.

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The Viennese Girl visited Provence in partnership with Atout France and Volotea

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