Yesterday, I enjoyed reading a variety of “list posts” and, as I am lacking in inspiration today, I am following suit. And so, for the 10th of March and the 10th day of the Slice of Life Challenge, I offer you my Top Ten Cities in France, So Far (limited of course by the cities I have visited, which are heavily concentrated in the south-east of the country)
Going to Nice at the end of January was probably not the best plan. Its long stretches of pebble beaches were all but empty and the town felt a bit deserted. Next time, I’ll be sure to visit during beach season!
All the guide books will tell you that Annecy is the “Venice of the Alps” because apparently every city that has anything that even remotely resembles a canal is liable to be compared to Venice. This picture perfect town is really stunning, and as a result, also really touristy.
Not going to lie… After hearing stories and stories about how amazing this city is from hordes of study abroad friends, I had pretty high expectations. In reality, it’s a classic, bougey, French town with some lovely fountains and architecture and– that’s basically it. To be fair though, I haven’t yet been on market day, which is when the provençal charm is really supposed to shine.
I mean, what is there to say about Paris that hasn’t already been written?! Relatively low on my Top Ten because I don’t know if I’d want to live there…a little too much muchness. But even so, Paris always manages to surprise me each time I go.
The Bastille monument in Grenoble is the site of one of the most magical moments I’ve had the pleasure to experience: the engagement of one of my best friends! I regret not giving Grenoble more of a chance — that seductress Lyon always grabbed my attention first — because I suspect it’s a much more charming and vibrant place than I give it credit for.
Even though it rained the entire weekend, Bordeaux was a joy to visit. The city just felt so livable! We passed dozens of super hip looking café/bookshops that made me want to come back to try all of them. Plus, I wouldn’t say no to all of that wine!
I only spent one day in Avignon, and on the train home, I already wanted to go back. Between the massive Palais des Papes and the winding back alley streets, the city felt bursting with surprises to be discovered.
I fell in love almost instantly with this alpine city. Situated on two rivers, Lyon offers all the perks of a big city without feeling too overwhelming and maintaining a certain charm. Plus, it’s the gastronomic capital of one of the foodie-est countries in the world!
I truly believe Marseille has a bit of something for everyone: a cultural, diverse, busy metropolis bordering intense natural beauty plus 300+ days of sun per year. Literally, what about that sounds bad?!
I am basically this little town’s biggest fan. There’s almost nothing to do here, unless you’re really into outdoorsy mountain climbing type stuff, but I lived 8 unforgettable months here and it will always be top in my books for that. Read my article for more on what I love about Chambé ❤
Where in France would you like to visit? ❂
Slice of Life is a daily writing challenge during the month of March hosted by Two Writing Teachers. Visit their blog for more information about the challenge and for advice and ideas about how to participate.