I am in the midst of planning the vacation of a lifetime, at least for this die-hard Francophile. It’s such an incredible trip that I can’t even say that it’s a dream come true, because I’d never imagined something so extensive: my husband and I are going to spend three months driving along the borders of France in order to visit the 6 corners of the hexagon (one of France’s nicknames is l’Hexagone), not to mention a bunch of other cool places along the way.
We’ll start by heading north from Hyères (with a brief detour around Lake Geneva), before spending two weeks in a tiny town in Alsace, near the first corner. Then we’ll visit Nancy and Metz (and – finally! – the new Pompidou museum, which I’ve been looking forward to for years) before heading to Lille and Calais for a few days (second corner). After that we’ll continue along the coast a while before detouring to Paris and Tours for a week each, then head back north to Mont Saint-Michel (my husband has never been there!) then drive all the way along the border out to Finisterre (third corner), before following the coast all the way down to Saint Jean de Luz for another week (fourth corner). Then we’ll continue leisurely through/along the Pyrénées, detouring briefly into Andorra, before spending a week in Argelès-sur-mer (fifth corner), and then follow the Mediterranean coast all the way to Menton (sixth corner).
The way we’ve mapped it out, we’ll be driving no more than 4 hours most days, so we’ll have plenty of time to visit the towns we spend the night in, and we’re also going to check out all of the Plus Beaux Villages and Plus Beaux Détours within a reasonable distance. We’re going to visit a spa in the Pyrénées, take some incredible scenic train rides, follow the wine route (Colmar) and champagne route (Reims), and pretty much cut my list of “must visit” French towns in half, at least. It’s going to be amazing.
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