Chilling in the Countryside
May 22 - May 25
After a busy four days in Paris, it was nice to get away from it all in the country side of Gréoux-les-Bains in the South of France for the next three days. The bus ride to the recreational campsite we were staying at was beautiful. The view of the mountainous hills and vast greenery was beautiful. Our stay at the campsite was more of a recuperation period for the lack of sleep we had in Paris. We caught up with sleep, relaxed and explored the town nearby.
We accidentally found the main town as we were exploring the small street shops. My first thoughts were that the steep, cobble-stone pathways and colorful buildings reminded me of what I thought Italy would be like.
Although Gréoux-les-Bains is not a major tourist area like Nice or Cannes, I'm glad I found this hidden gem. The serenity of the countryside is rare to find and I'm glad to see this side of France. For dinner the first night we ate at this little restaurant called Brassiere Du Soleil, where I ordered a bolognaise dish. Portions here in Europe are much smaller than what I'm used to in America but it's just enough to fill me up to contentment. Plus, I savor dessert much more. This has started to become the norm for us, but wherever we go, the people who are sitting next to us keep glancing over/staring at us. Eventually the sweetest couple next to our table started a conversation with us and asked us why we chose to visit Gréoux-les-Bains because tourists from other countries don't normally visit this town. That comment really got to me and made me feel rather glad that I did choose a place swarming with locals rather than a bunch of tourists.
We made it a mission to have ice cream once every day. This area is known for their lavender so of course we had to try their signature flavored lavender ice cream at least once while we were here. It literally tastes like you're eating flowers.