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    Posted August 9, 2012 by
    F1Mania
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    Travel snapshots: South of France

    5 weeks in the South of France...

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Spending five wonderful weeks in the South of France, F1Mania says she already can't wait to go back. "The markets were awesome and I saw fruits and veggies that I had never seen before and sizes that were almost freakish. I loved the old architecture and the narrow passageways throughout the old cities," she says. "Driving east towards Toulon and passing through the grape and olive vineyards was spectacular. I really felt overwhelmed to be in a place with such old buildings and I loved being able to run my hands along some of the old ruins knowing that other people long ago had touched the same things. It was just indescribable."
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    This summer I was invited to spend 5 weeks in the South of France so that I could finally meet my husband's extended family. All I can say is, "Thank you, Laurent and Marie-Jeanne, it was the vacation of a lifetime and I enjoyed myself thoroughly!"

    My in-laws and some other family members live in and around Nice, FR and other members of the family live about 2 hours away towards Toulon. I was lucky enough to be able to stay in both locations and visit many, many places in between and we even ventured over to Italy a couple of times. I can say that as much as I wanted to visit Paris, I don't think that it would ever be able to compete with the South of France and its fabulous weather, beautiful sights, and friendly people.

    The South of France is a wondrous and eclectic mix of old architecture, fresh markets, outdoor cafes, and beautiful beaches. I never ran out of things to do or see. We visited Monaco, St. Tropez, Six-Four-les-Plages, Villefranche-sur-mer, and many other wonderful places as well.

    Thank goodness there is still so much more to see because I plan on going back again next year.
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