I’ll spend the next month scooting across the south of France: Where should I go?

Hello everyone,

This honeymoon scooter trip has got us as far as Bordeaux and we’ve done around 2,000 kilometres over the five weeks since we left Paris.

We’ve had one scooter breakdown, one ‘wolf’ attack, and one serious case of Lyme disease. But we’ve also experienced astonishing acts of kindness, incredible scenery, and unforgettable villages, towns and cities.

And now it’s time to explore the southern part of France.

Here’s a rough map of where I think we will go, but it’s open to change if you can convince me to go somewhere.

So, take a look, have a think, and put a comment below as to where we should go. The intended stops are already marked on the map – but the rest is the great unknown. Here’s a link to this exact map if you want to scroll around a bit. Time frame: Will arrive in Toulouse on September 22nd and continue eastwards.

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You can click the image to enlarge it, but the main stop ideas are Toulouse, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Avignon, Aix en Provence, Cassis, and Nice. The map also suggests it’s a 10-hour drive and 886 km (or 550 miles) – but I can assure you that on our scooter, taking the small roads, it will be more like 1,500 km and one month of driving.

Which is fine 🙂

But, if you can recommend a small town along the route, or something to see that I may not have considered, or an experience that’s absolutely worth doing… then now is the time to get in touch.

Also, if you think you’d make a good podcast guest because you’re doing something interesting in your corner of southern France, let’s meet!

And, if you have a place we can stay then you are a guardian angel and the gesture would be appreciated more than you could imagine.

Lastly, thanks to all those who’ve already been part of this journey – in whichever form.

Talk soon!



9 thoughts on “I’ll spend the next month scooting across the south of France: Where should I go?

  1. Ive already told you about lovely Antibes with its original Greek walls that you can drive around and the Provencal market there with the world’s most dangerous Socca oven, ( Socca is delicious, but a morning thing) but as I said, you must drive the Grand Corniche on your scooter towards Monte Carlo. Staggeringly beautiful.

  2. After Avignon, go to the Luberon! You will get a real feel of what Provence is! Go to l’Abbaye de Sénanque, Gordes, Bonnieux, Lourmarin, Cucuron (potential for great puns there)!

  3. Uzes is a wonderful small town. Stayed there a year ago for 2 weeks and enjoyed walking around — small, quaint — great market there. While there we drove to Pont du Gard, fascinating to see what the Romans could do back then. Spend an afternoon wandering the streets of St.Quentin, well-known for all its potters. We went twice to this special pottery place and hauled home lots of their chickens and would go back in an instant: http://www.ceramique-de-lussan.fr/historique/Enjoy your trip! I’m going back to France in November — fly to Paris, drive to Amboise, then Mt.St.Michael (again), Bayeux, Rouen, Honfleur, then back to Paris — love France and all its nooks and crannies. Have a wonderful time meandering around!

  4. Go to lovely Cassis and experience beautiful rocks of les Calanques (great climbing) or maybe some football with Michel Platini 😀

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