Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fall, French Style

I recently raved about fall colors in Minnesota, but what about fall colors elsewhere? Aren't they beautiful too? Well, when it comes to vineyards in the south of France, the answer is a resounding, oui! This time of year, the region's hills and valleys are ablaze as grapevine leaves turn impossibly rich shades of orange, yellow and red. Hills and valleys of vineyards are already incredibly beautiful when they're green, but as warm days give way to warm colors, you won't believe your eyes. I took a drive through this part of France over the weekend, and it seemed as though every time I looked around the colors got more brilliant, more breathtaking, and more photo-worthy. Oh la la doesn't even begin to describe it.

The best part about admiring fall colors in a vineyard? Where there's a vineyard, there's usually a wine tasting!


Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks for the blog post. I'm going on vacation to France in October and am thinking about going to the south of France after Paris. By the looks of your post, it looks like a great time of year to go. Do you have any suggestions of where to go at that time of year?

Thanks for any help.

Tanya said...

@Anonymous, Hi there, thanks for your comment! You really can't go wrong in the south of France. I like Arles (Roman arena, site of many Van Gogh paintings), the coastal towns west of Toulon(Bandol, Sanary-sur-Mer, Six-Fours-les-Plages), Nice, especially Vieux Nice, and taking a train ride from Nice to Monaco is also fabulous. The train hugs the coast and it's the most amazing view for very little money. It kind of depends on what you're looking for. If you want tranquility, go to Provence or coastal towns west of Toulon. If you want flashy clubs and beautiful people, go to Cannes and Nice. But really, I love all these places for different reasons.

Let me know what you decide, and if you have specific questions about specific towns/areas/itineraries.