I love road trips. I. LOVE. ROAD. TRIPS. And travelling. A lot. I also love the feeling of coming back home from a long trip, to my bed, my things and my people… but that’s another story.
A couple of years ago I did a 5-day road trip with my mom, starting home and getting to Narbonne, in the south of France. It was around 1600km or 995 miles. It was amazing and we stopped in several places on the way. If you haven’t been in Europe let me tell you it’s soooo different from the US.
I have been living in Georgia for the last 19 months and I often miss the European way of life. I might do a post of things that I miss from there and things that I like better here.
The first day we went to see Bayonne and Hossegor. Bayonne is a little city in the southwest part of France, which is also known as French-Basque Country. We walked around the city center and saw the Sainte-Marie of Bayonne Cathedral, the city hall and the Chateaux Vieux. We also walked along the river and took a gazillion pictures!
It was already night time when we got to Hossegor, so we just looked for a hotel. The temperature was so nice that we went back outside and walked around for a couple of hours. We got to the beach and walked up to Capbreton, a little town next to Hossegor. They are so close to each other that we didn’t even realized when we changed locations!
The second day we went to Toulouse, where we were going to meet my friend Caro. I had lived there for about 5 months when I went on Erasmus, so I already knew the city. It was so good to be back, though! We walked about 4-5 hours that afternoon, which is not that much for such a beautiful city.
When my friend left, my mom and I decided to go spend the night to Carcassonne, which is just an hour away. We skipped the main highway so we could enjoy the landscape. Isn’t it amazing when you don’t need to rush and you can really enjoy the trip? Sometimes it is one of the best parts of traveling.
We went to see the city and the fortress both that night and the next morning. The medieval fortress is a place full of history, added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. It is definitely a place to go if you’re in the area! And it has a special magic at night, with all the lights along the fortress.
We took the car the third day in the afternoon to get to Narbonne Plage. It is about 15 minutes from Narbonne City, and it is a typical summer place. It is located in the Mediterranean Sea so we thought the water would be warm, but we couldn’t be more wrong! It was freezing, so we took a walk along the shore. Being the end of the summer, there were not many people, so we could enjoy ourselves without having to deal with big crowds.
We went to Perpignan the fourth day, although we only spent there a few hours. I had already been there too, but for some reason, this time didn’t seem anything special. We left and went to Roses, in Cataluña, to go later to Les Escaldes, in Andorra. I had been in Andorra when I was little, but I barely remembered anything. Andorra is the middle of the Pyrenees, the mountains that separate France from Spain. The views are just amazing. And I like the city too. Not very big, but you can find anything to do (if you love sports, it’s a great place to go too) and many people go there shopping (very low taxes).
We ended the tour going back home on the fifth day, stopping in Biarritz to get an amazing crêpe and a waffle. Let me tell you… this French people really know how to do those. You don’t know what a good waffle or crêpe are until you try theirs. OMG
We obviously left some stuff to do, and I definitely want to go back to Hossegor (surfers’ paradise!), but it was a great trip, we enjoyed ourselves a lot and we have fun.
Are you planning on doing a road trip anytime soon or have you done any recently? Where to? Let me know in the comments!