Lolo’s Carefree Summer Getaway Through France pt 2

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Lolo’s Travel Tips

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”

– Lao Tzu

Hmmm… Lolo and I must be great travelers! We left Birmingham for our carefree summer getaway through France with way too much luggage (mostly mine), one carry-on going clickety-clack as we rolled it out the door (also mine), and no hotel reservations at all — anywhere (my responsibility). The reason for our trip was to shop three large antique fairs in the South of France and visit Lolo’s family afterwards. Since I had made no reservations other than our flight to Paris, things could have really gone awry, especially with all of France about to embark on les grandes vacances. Fortunately for us, they didn’t. We filled a 40-foot container full of beautiful French antiques and spent a lovely week with family.

Lolo French Antiques.Shopping antique fair in Provence
Last minute purchases at the fair.
Lolo French Antiques loading truck
Lolo has perfected the art of truck loading. 
Lolo French Antiques.LoloandGigi
Lolo and Gigi

Since returning home, I’ve had a little time to ponder some of our decisions. While I strongly suggest getting off the tourist track and experiencing the “real” France as we did, I have to admit we might have approached some things a little too carefree, resulting in foils and fumbles, smiles and tears. In the end, however, our work-cation was just as I’d hoped (minus the little red convertible) — one filled with family, food, fun, and romance. It wasn’t about the destination, it was all about the journey!

Lolo French Antiques.La Buratta for lunch Uzes
La burrata for lunch at Restaurant à Côté in Uzès.  
Strolling along the promenade in Carnon-Plage.
Lolo French boats Le Croisic
Le Croisic, best known for its fishing industry, was one of the first tourist resorts in Brittany. 

Imagine the art world if Monet had only painted water lilies in Giverny, without ever learning to paint en plein air? What if he never visited the Louvre or never traveled to Algeria or never lived in Argenteuil or Vétheuil? There are so many great destinations waiting to be seen. I hope these travel tips help you enjoy your next journey and that you will always take time to smell the roses!

What We Learned From Our Work-cation

Lolo French Antiques Lolo's Travel Tips from our Carefree Summer GetawayWith a little care and just enough (but not too much) planning, you can improve your odds of having les grandes vacances. What tips can you offer?

À Bientôt!


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Author: Mimi Montgomery

When this Francophile is not researching all things French and loading pictures onto various sites to sell their wares, she is dreaming up ways to showcase Lolo French Antiques et More in charming new settings or traveling to various antiques shows. Mimi loves art, the beach, Lolo's French cooking, and like any southern girl worth her houndstooth, she's passionate about her beloved Alabama Crimson Tide. Her hobbies include painting, sports and reading. She resides in Homewood, Alabama, with Lolo and Louis - the Frenchie, not the king.

  • Bonjour Bobbi,
    Thanks for reading the blog! I’m very blessed to have a job I love and that allows me to travel. And getting to always travel with a smiling, blue-eyed Frenchman just makes it all the better! Glad I’m not the only one to fly by the seat of my pants…literally!! But you’re right, things do seem to always work out! Thank goodness!!

    Bonne journée,

  • Mimi, I envy your job. To be able to travel to France for a Work-cation sounds like heaven to me! By the way, I’m also guilty of not making reservations before we set out on trips. Things always seem to work out though 🙂