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You need some­thing more than a va­ca­tion this sum­mer, you need a jour­ney. Flip a few pages in your pass­port and let go of old no­tions of the pos­si­ble and im­pos­si­ble. You want to tran­scend space and time, even emo­tion, to dis­cover, sat­isfy and tan­ta­lise the deep­est de­sires of your heart. Noth­ing soothes the soul like a road trip.

But no reg­u­lar road trip will do. You need some­thing epic––in a con­vert­ible car with the most exclusive des­ti­na­tions. It’s more than a trip, it’s a dream come true where en­coun­ters with literary idols il­lu­mi­nate hid­den chap­ters in his­tory. Even as you press on the gas you wish you could do it all again.

“Peo­ple don’t take trips…trips take peo­ple.”

––John Stein­beck

Not just any car will do. Since this is all about hon­our­ing what we love, why not go with the con­vert­ible car of your dreams. We be­gin our jour­ney in Nice where we se­lect a su­per­car by Avis Pres­tige fit for our par­tic­u­lar love of the open road.


“I’m not sure what I’ll do, but––well, I want to go places and see peo­ple. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things hap­pen on a big scale.”––f. Scott Fitzger­ald

Of course you do. And why not? Go big in the South of France by tour­ing ro­man­tic es­capes full of the sensual. South­ern France has beck­oned cre­atives for cen­turies, even giv­ing birth to the road trip when the Miche­lin broth­ers had the fan­tas­tic idea of creat­ing their first guide­books in the 1900s.

In­spired by the beau­ti­ful and glam­orous, the Cote d’azur’s ideal Mediterranean cli­mate not only thrills but also heals. Find a win­dow into a new in­ner land­scape by re­trac­ing the steps of literary greats.

Chateau d’if, near Mar­seille, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexan­dre Du­mas

This 17th Cen­tury classic used the Chateau d’if, near Mar­seille, as the set­ting for the fa­mous novel The Count of Monte Cristo. Orig­i­nally con­structed as a fortress to de­fend Mar­seille, it later be­came a prison, per­fect be­cause of its isolation and dan­ger­ous wa­ters. Known as one of the most no­to­ri­ous pris­ons in the coun­try, it opened to the pub­lic in 1890. En­joy pon­der­ing how to es­cape your own pris­ons. Don’t worry, you’ve got this. What does it mean to es­cape? Some­times it’s just an idea. No pris­oner has ever es­caped from this fortress.


Ten­der is the Night by F. Scott Fitzger­ald Fitzger­ald penned this fa­mous novel cel­e­brat­ing the jazz age in this jazz town. Drive through dur­ing the an­nual sum­mer jazz fes­ti­val and lis­ten to the greats among the spec­tac­u­lar beauty of Juan-les-pins, the sis­ter city of New Or­leans, The Mardi Gras City.

The an­nual sum­mer jazz fes­ti­val here is well known and has staged many fa­mous jazz mu­si­cians. Lo­cated be­tween Nice and Cannes, fea­tur­ing a casino, night­clubs and beaches the town has be­come a ma­jor hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion pop­u­lar with the in­ter­na­tional jet set.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.”––earnest Hem­ing­way

Provence hills seen from the vil­lage of Châteauneuf-du-pape

Road Trip with Avis Pres­tige Dalí Mu­seum, Cat­alo­nia Penedès winer­ies – near Barcelona La Sagrada Fa­milia, Barcelona

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