The driving time from Nice to Boulbon comes up to just under 3 hours. We had a late-ish start because of miscellaneous errands involving the rental car and prepaid SIM cards, so we decided to make just one or two stops en route so that we’d make it to our villa in time for dinner.
Aix-en-Provence, or Aix for short, is a pretty and picturesque Provencal city. We grabbed a quick, late lunch in a little cafe, then had a walk through part of the city just to take in the atmosphere. Random observation – lots of global chains like the Gap have stores in little Provencal cities/towns, but often they’re housed in quaint old buildings and so they don’t stick out or grab attention more than they have to.
We rolled up at La Bastide du Boulbon, our base for the next two days and nights, well in time for dinner. It’s a small establishment operated by a couple, Marie-Claire and Jan, and between the two of them they knew how to make every guest feel entirely at home.
For starters, dinner that night was excellent. The menu wasn’t huge – between me and James, we probably tried two-thirds of the available options – but it comprised lots of seasonal produce, and was great value on the whole.
All the guest rooms were small, but very comfortable. When we checked in, Marie-Claire suggested we might be more comfortable in the guesthouse – outside the main hotel building – which cost just a little more each night but had a bit more space to move around. After comparing the options, we went for the guesthouse, and it was probably a good idea since I was getting bigger and clumsier by the minute!