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Étretat Baie de Somme | Paris | Annecy | Marseille

France

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Étretat Baie de Somme | Paris | Annecy | Marseille

France

May 7 : Paris > Étretat
May 8 : Étretat
May 9 : Étretat > Baie de Somme
May 10 : Baie de Somme
May 11 : Baie de Somme > Paris
May 12 : Paris
May 13 : Paris > Annecy
May 14 : Annecy
May 15 : Annecy > Lausanne
May 16 : Lausanne
May 17 : Lausanne
May 18 : Lausanne > Marseille
May 19 : Marseille
May 20 : Marseille
May 21 : Marseille
May 22 : Marseille > Montréal

 

May 7 : Paris > Étretat
May 8 : Étretat
May 9 : Étretat > Baie de Somme
May 10 : Baie de Somme
May 11 : Baie de Somme > Paris
May 12 : Paris
May 13 : Paris > Annecy
May 14 : Annecy
May 15 : Annecy > Lausanne
May 16 : Lausanne
May 17 : Lausanne
May 18 : Lausanne > Marseille
May 19 : Marseille
May 20 : Marseille
May 21 : Marseille 
May 22 : Marseille > Montréal

 

Étretat

Étretat was my first stop on my trip to France and it raised the bar so high that no other place I visited managed to come close to it in terms of natural beauty. If you enjoy nature, you’ll be amazed by the majestic cliffs that stretch for miles and miles along the coast. Even if we only stayed a couple of days in the area, I absolutely loved my time there and would recommend it to anyone visiting Paris (located only a couple of hours away). However, keep in mind that the weather on the coast of Normandie is one of the most unpredictable I have ever seen and that it can change completely within minutes so always carry a jacket and long pants with you, even if it’s warm and sunny when you head out in the morning. 

Étretat was my first stop on my trip to France and it raised the bar so high that no other place I visited managed to come close to it in terms of natural beauty. If you enjoy nature, you’ll be amazed by the majestic cliffs that stretch for miles and miles along the coast. Even if we only stayed a couple of days in the area, I absolutely loved my time there and would recommend it to anyone visiting Paris (located only a couple of hours away). However, keep in mind that the weather on the coast of Normandie is one of the most unpredictable I have ever seen and that it can change completely within minutes so always carry a jacket and long pants with you, even if it’s warm and sunny when you head out in the morning. 

Baie de Somme 

We made a brief stop in the Baie de Somme while we were in Normandie to explore the famous bay and the surrounding areas. Unlike Étretat, the Baie de Somme is pretty flat, so it’s hard to appreciate it to its fullest if you’re not in the air! Luckily, my friend and I were offered a plane ride over the bay, and that’s when we realised how impressive it was. The following day, we went horseback riding, something I had only done once when I was a kid. It was nice to be guided by a knowledgeable local all the way to the beach through a nature reserve. Even if I didn’t find the Baie de Somme as impressive as Étretat or as exciting as Paris, it was still well worth the stop and I’d recommend it to anyone who wishes to escape the busy cities for a couple of days. 

We made a brief stop in the Baie de Somme while we were in Normandie to explore the famous bay and the surrounding areas. Unlike Étretat, the Baie de Somme is pretty flat, so it’s hard to appreciate it to its fullest if you’re not in the air! Luckily, my friend and I were offered a plane ride over the bay, and that’s when we realised how impressive it was. The following day, we went horseback riding, something I had only done once when I was a kid. It was nice to be guided by a knowledgeable local all the way to the beach through a nature reserve. Even if I didn’t find the Baie de Somme as impressive as Étretat or as exciting as Paris, it was still well worth the stop and I’d recommend it to anyone who wishes to escape the busy cities for a couple of days. 

Paris 

There is a reason (or I should say many reasons) why Paris is one of the most famous cities in the world. You’ve heard about it, read about it, you’ve seen it in countless movies and pictures, so chances are if you ever travel there, you’ll do it with some sort of expectations. At least I had mine when I boarded my flight to the city of lights.

I found Paris surprising because of how faithful it was to how it’s portrayed in the medias. Minutes after walking out of the central train station, I found myself wandering through narrow streets full of charming buildings and cute stores that would sell all sorts of fresh goods that left a pleasant smell all around. It was a beautiful, sunny Spring day, so that might have helped, but still – I instantly fell in love with the city and couldn’t get my hands off my camera for how many beautiful things I had to capture.

I don’t think I need to do much convincing for you to visit Paris one day, so Imma give you some tips for when you go :

– Watch your pockets and keep your personal belongings in sight!
– Chances are, you know someone who lives in Paris – Meet up with them and have them show you around so you don’t stick to the touristy spots!
– Catch the sunset on top of the Arc de Triomphe – you’ll get the best views of the city!
– Avoid driving downtown – I have a lot of experience driving abroad and Paris is one of the absolute worst citites I ever drove in. French drivers are insane!
– Plan a good budget – everything was pricier than I expected and you’ll want to try all the foods and activities. 

That’s it for me since there are already thousands of travel blogs covering every inch of Paris. If I can make one final recommendation, it would be to NOT MISS OUT ON ÉTRETAT! Rent a car and drive up for a couple of hours – you won’t regret it. 

There is a reason (or I should say many reasons) why Paris is one of the most famous cities in the world. You’ve heard about it, read about it, you’ve seen it in countless movies and pictures, so chances are if you ever travel there, you’ll do it with some sort of expectations. At least I had mine when I boarded my flight to the city of lights.

I found Paris surprising because of how faithful it was to how it’s portrayed in the medias. Minutes after walking out of the central train station, I found myself wandering through narrow streets full of charming buildings and cute stores that would sell all sorts of fresh goods that left a pleasant smell all around. It was a beautiful, sunny Spring day, so that might have helped, but still – I instantly fell in love with the city and couldn’t get my hands off my camera for how many beautiful things I had to capture.

I don’t think I need to do much convincing for you to visit Paris one day, so Imma give you some tips for when you go : 

  • Watch your pockets and keep your personal belongings in sight!
  • Chances are, you know someone who lives in Paris – Meet up with them and have them show you around so you don’t stick to the touristy spots!
  • Catch the sunset on top of the Arc de Triomphe – you’ll get the best views of the city!
  • Avoid driving downtown – I have a lot of experience driving abroad and Paris is one of the absolute worst citites I ever drove in. French drivers are insane!
  • Plan a good budget – everything was pricier than I expected and you’ll want to try all the foods and activities. 

That’s it for me since there are already thousands of travel blogs covering every inch of Paris. If I can make one final recommendation, it would be to NOT MISS OUT ON ÉTRETAT! Rent a car and drive up for a couple of hours – you won’t regret it. 

Annecy 

Annecy was my favourite town in France. The old quarter is simply gorgeous, and the mountains behind the lake by the city make for a pretty cool, dramatic backdrop. My friend and I were there in May on a particularily rainy and cold couple of days and the town was virtually empty – which made it very nice to just walk around and take some cool photos. We hiked to the very top of one of the surrounding mountains – all within walking distance of the city centre – and the views were gorgeous. If you can make room for a couple of days in the city on your next trip to France, do it!

Annecy was my favourite town in France. The old quarter is simply gorgeous, and the mountains behind the lake by the city make for a pretty cool, dramatic backdrop. My friend and I were there in May on a particularily rainy and cold couple of days and the town was virtually empty – which made it very nice to just walk around and take some cool photos. We hiked to the very top of one of the surrounding mountains – all within walking distance of the city centre – and the views were gorgeous. If you can make room for a couple of days in the city on your next trip to France, do it!

Marseille

I was excited to get to Marseille when I traveled to France because I would be spending the weekend with two of my very best friends. The city is very different from what I saw in the north of France and reminded me of Italy and Spain – small alleys, street art, turquoise waters and delicious restaurants all over the place.

If you find yourself in the area, don’t forget to save a day to drive out of the city and visit one of the Calanques, those stunning gorges where you can go for a swim in some of the clearest waters I’ve ever seen. However, keep in mind that the area gets extremely busy all summer long and that you’ll be stuck in traffic for hours if you don’t get there early in the morning. 

I was excited to get to Marseille when I traveled to France because I would be spending the weekend with two of my very best friends. The city is very different from what I saw in the north of France and reminded me of Italy and Spain – small alleys, street art, turquoise waters and delicious restaurants all over the place.

If you find yourself in the area, don’t forget to save a day to drive out of the city and visit one of the Calanques, those stunning gorges where you can go for a swim in some of the clearest waters I’ve ever seen. However, keep in mind that the area gets extremely busy all summer long and that you’ll be stuck in traffic for hours if you don’t get there early in the morning.