With my fifth trip to Paris, it was time to see a more of France. The last time I explored France was in December of 2016 when I visited the town of Beaune.  With the little taste I had of France, I wanted to see more this beautiful country.  So I planned an itinerary that included Cognac and Nice.

Cognac

Cognac is a commune (village) in the Charente department in southwestern France. It is about 3.5-hour train ride from Paris with a connection in Angouleme.

Cognac is the headquarter of Hennessy, Martell, Otard, Camus and Remy Martin. You know the spirit…Brandy!


The town gives its name to one of the world’s best-known types of brandy or eau de vie. Drinks must be made in certain areas around the town of Cognac and must be made according to strictly-defined regulations to be granted the name Cognac. In other words, it isn’t Cognac unless it is made in Cognac.

The town is quaint and beautiful with cobblestone roads and spring flowers. It felt safe and inviting.

Charente River

Oh, while visiting, make sure to do a tour of Hennessy. You will learn a thing a two about brandy.

Next destination is Nice.

Nice

Nice, Cote D’Azur (French Rivieria) is in the South of France and is the fifth most populous city in France.

This is the best caption of Nice: “With its mix of real-city grit, old-world opulence, year-round sunshine, vibrant street life and stunning seaside location, no place in France compares with Nice.

The beauty is just a flight away.

Even though I was in town for 2-days, Nice left a lasting impression and I plan on visiting again and again.  I heard during the winter it is ghost town.  Maybe that is the best time to visit.  I can have Nice all to myself.