South of France Travel Tips?

By Kate Riley September 5, 2017

Hello friends! Good news, I finally finished my powder room makeover, the new wallpaper looks amazing! I’m taking pictures today and I’ll share the final result with you tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I’m preparing to take off on another trip. Two months ago I was browsing air fares (dangerous!) and spied super affordable flights to France. $300 each way, it was such a great deal, I couldn’t resist!

I’ve dreamed of touring the south of France for decades and I’m finally headed there, I leave Saturday. I have no fear of traveling alone and this trip is yet another solo adventure. I’m landing in Bordeaux, staying for a few days, then I’ll be taking trains from town to town, stopping in Biarritz, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Nice, and Monaco. It’s a lot to see in 10 days so I’ll be on the go-go-go!

I do this on the cheap as much as possible. I find inexpensive B&Bs along the way. In Provence I reserved a tiny Airbnb studio for my stay. I like to walk around all day, exploring, people watching, and taking pictures as I go. I always pack super light on trips like these, just one carry on and a tote bag with my all my travel essentials. I’m sure I’ll have a lot of great photos to share on my return!

This is just a glimpse for me, I don’t have too much time to immerse myself, but I was curious, for any of you who have visited the towns along the Cote d’Azur, what were your favorites? Are there any not-to-miss vistas? Charming shops or cafes? Do share!

P.S. Last week I started the Outlander series, Season One. I’m also reading the first book, and I’m taking it with me on my trip. The story is so good and it’s pushed Scotland to the top of my travel list!! Season Three premieres this weekend but I can’t watch until I’m totally caught up! Are you a fan?

Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley September 2, 2017

Happy Labor Day weekend friends! So many people I know took off to go somewhere but I’m just relaxing at home, doing little organizing projects around the house and trimming back my overgrown garden.

As much as I love an adventure somewhere new, I also relish quite days spent at home just being lost in my own thoughts. This is one of those weekends. Favorite links from the week:


This office makeover is lovely.

The best article I’ve seen in some time on blue paint colors.

I’m so impressed with Stacy’s DIY bathroom vanity.

Beautiful staircases, swoon.

Eye candy: this modern farmhouse tour.

Interior design styles by state.

How to properly pour a beer.

Welcome fall with this crockpot applesauce.

How cool, this photo shoot of a unique junior justice league.

Creative ways to use travel photos.

**My apologies to email subscribers if links aren’t working, I’m still investigating why, thanks for your patience!