Before heading out on our next road trip to two more medieval towns, Colle Sur Loup and Saint Vincent Les Fort, we stopped at this super cute cafe, Le Bistrot de la Mairie for a French American breakfast. This was by far our favorite breakfast on the trip and it still amazes me you get all this for $11 Euro.
You start with a freshly baked baguette with jam & butter, 2 pastries, fruit and orange juice.Your choice of coffee – cappuccino which is served with a caramel cookie.Then the “American” side – bacon, eggs and cheese. We had them cooked Bien Cuit aka well done and it worked!Our first stop was this cute town filled with old buildings and shops, Colle Sur Loup.The second town, Saint Vincent Les Fort was by far my favorite. The town is filled with cute shops, cobble stone paths and people live in the village as you work your way to the top.Sometimes all you need for lunch is velvety smooth salted caramel gelato.And this…..The signs over here also crack my up like this one.I am going to pause a minute to give you all a few tips on bathrooms in France that I’ve learned….read on and you’ll see why.
- Ask for a WC – water closet or toilette as most do not know what a bathroom is.
- Carry exact change as you need to often have $0.20 or $0.50 euros to use the toilette. Nope, it can’t be mixed change.
- If you come to an automatic bathroom, don’t fret. Everything Powers up when you lock the door. The toilet seat lowers and you have 15 minutes before the door opens (a sign is posted stating this). Move along the automatic soap, water, hand dry. The toilet will not flush until you open the door. Oh and each time the bathroom is power washed after so this is why everything is wet.
- Speaking of flushing the toilet – sometimes you push the big or small button, sometimes you push the nob down or pull it up and sometimes you pull the string. Be cautious on the string though as one time I pulled it trying to figure out how to flush and it set off the alarm having the security guard come into the bathroom.
- Do not be surprised if you see a man in the bathroom even if you walked in the female side as some bathrooms are shared.
See what I mean…it’s complicated.
As we worked our way up the hill and around the corner we came across this fantastic Austrian Artist.
He walked us through his entire painted rock garden. It was so sweet how each rock had a personal meaning. From his family, to the neighborhood cats to the mountains he climbed. It was probably one of my favorite things to see.
We decided to have dinner in from our favorite ravioli place, Les Choix d Anna.
We shared the caprese salad and each had a container of cheese ravioli bolgonese.
Thank you all for taking this journey with us and letting me save our memories here. I have just a couple more recaps for you all of our trip then I promise I’ll be back at it with my WW eats.
Next up is our trip to Cannes and Mandilieu a Napoule.
Here are my France Trip Recaps so far:
- France Recap #1: Road Tripping
- France Recap #2: Chateau de Crussol
- France Recap #3: La Tour de Crest
- France Recap #4: Les Baux de Provence
- France Recap #5: A walk through Nice
- France Recap #6: Menton and Monaco