We continued our journey south through the French cities of Toulouse, Carcassonne and Perpignan.
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Bordeaux lived up to expectations. It’s a port city on the Garonne River with some of the most beautiful architecture and buildings we saw in France.
We stayed at a budget hotel, Hotel ibis budget Bordeaux Centre Bastide, located across the river. Although it was a bit of a walk to the city center, we got to cross the Pont-de-Pierre, a majestic road bridge built in the 1820s.
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The Loire Valley is a beautiful area of French countryside just south of Paris. With our backpacks in tow, we train traveled through the valley from Cheville to Orléans, then from Blois to Tours.
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We put off our honeymoon until summer so we could spend a full month in Europe exploring France, Spain, Andorra and Portugal. We started off in Paris, one of the most romantic cities in the world.
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