Y'all, I love so many places, but France — man, you can never go wrong with France. The country gets a bad rap for snooty people, but I whole-heartedly believe it's because most of that comes from Paris, and c'mon, it's a big city — most big cities are like that! To me, the country is filled with super sweet people, and I think France is always a good idea — and it's not just because I really, really love pain au chocolat and macarons. Though that is a huge part of it.
Tyler's grandparents visited during a beautiful spring week that Tyler had off work, and I always put our guests to work traveling — no time to sit in Vicenza when there are adventures to be had! As we've come to travel more, I've come to appreciate small towns more and more, and I'm so, so glad we settled on going to Saint-Émilion. I knew I wanted to go to the Bordeaux region, after a million recommendations from my dear from Michal Turner, but I was a little nervous about staying out in the countryside in a town that is known as a "day trip" from Bordeaux.
However, I'm so happy that we spent most of our time in this absolutely breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage city (and not as much time in Bordeaux). It was so perfectly small town French, absolutely historic, incredibly clean, and it kept us plenty busy during our three nights there, which was very surprising to me. I loved Saint-Émilion so much, it had me singing Belle's intro song from "Beauty & the Beast" — even if it's not a provençal town, it's still a little town and a quiet village!