February 6, 2007
12 Weeks until our trip and counting! It's cold and snowy in Chicago, so I'm dreaming and planning for our springtime trip to Gassin and Paris.
A little background.. Gassin is known as one of the prettiest villages in France. It is a walled city situated in the hills above St. Tropez on the southern coast of France. The area is awash in vineyards and small coastal towns that make up the southern edge of Provence. We exchanged a week of our Carribean timeshare for a week in Le Mas de Chastelas, an 18th century Provencial house just outside of St. Tropez. I've been researching the area, but I have a feeling that the vineyards and ocean will reset our priorities once we arrive.
A little trivia... Mick and Bianca Jagger were married in Gassin in 1971.
From Gassin, we will drive to Martel to visit some friends for a day, then drop off the car and catch a train to Paris. Our Paris plans are detailed in the Itinerary, with Itinerary Notes included for each day. I would have loved to have included a trip to Normandy, but time ran out and we'll need to save that adventure for another time.
We are starting to think about clothes and luggage. Just spent a nice chunk of change on Zappos.com trying to find comfortable, yet stylish, walking shoes. The weather in the south averages 60-70 degrees farenheit in late April, early May. But there is always the chance of the Mistral blowing, those fabled winds that have been known to drive people mad. In Paris, the temps are supposed to be a bit colder 50-60 degrees.
Our luggage is 2 - 25" roller bags that have the ability to expand 2". I believe those, plus a small backpack and duffle bag type carry-on, are enough to see us through. I'm all about the 'travel light' mantra, so it seems like this should be more than enough space, with room to spare for trinkets we plan to pick up along the way. How much wine and pate are you allowed to bring back from France? ;-)
More entrys to follow as the clock counts down to our departure.