Remember when I was worrying about how difficult it would be to travel with a two-and-a-half-year-old? Well, I got over that… Switzerland and France, here we come!
Every time I thought about where I wanted to go this summer, my mind kept coming back to the South of France. I was last there 12 years ago with my sister, and I just loved it. I knew I needed some sort of beach destination for my beach-loving toddler, but I also needed some culture to satisfy my own wanderlust. It seemed like the perfect time to return to France! So how did Switzerland get into the equation? Having a direct flight was a priority, as I felt that I couldn’t get off one long flight and then deal with hassle of boarding a plane for another flight (even if it was a short one). Airfares are astronomical this summer, so the direct flight from New York City to Nice was out of the question. We explored various entry points, and Geneva won. I love Switzerland but I’ve never been to Geneva so that was part of the draw.
The other requirement for the trip was that once we arrived in Europe, the only transportation we could take from Point A to Point B would be a car. Europe has a fantastic train system, but there is nothing fantastic about two adults attempting to bring a toddler, a stroller, a carseat (which we need for the plane rides), a travel crib (yep, we bring our own for the comfort and consistency factor), two suitcases, a diaper bag, a laptop bag and a camera bag onto a train. But thanks to the folks at Carrentals.co.uk, we’re all set with our rental car!
Here’s our itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive in Geneva and drive 30 minutes to Annecy, France, a famous resort town on a stunning lake.
Day 2: Drive three hours to Avignon, France. I visited this city with my sister too, and I remember loving it. We didn’t make it into the Papal Palace so hopefully we will this time! Avignon really made it into the itinerary because it’s a halfway point between Annecy and Antibes.
Day 3-6: Drive to Antibes, one of the few Cote D’Azur towns with a sandy beach. We’ll be staying in a great Antibes rental from the folks at FlipKey for three nights. In addition to making sand castles, I hope to have the chance revisit Nice and to visit St. Paul de Vence for the first time to see the Matisse Chapel and Fondation Maeght.
Day 6-8: We’ll spend two nights at a luxury resort in Provence! We’ll be perched in the town of Tourettes.
Day 8-10: Then we’ll make the 5-6 hour drive back up to Geneva, where we’ll spend the last two nights before flying home.
We leave today… A tad nervous but incredibly excited!
I hope you’ll follow along the journey!