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Nov 26, 2015 - Views from Mont Boron

Back at the very beginning of our European adventure, we arrived in Copenhagen and stayed with Niels and Jolita at the Airbnb room in their home. We really enjoyed hanging out with them and at the close of our visit they mentioned that they had a vacation apartment in Nice, not part of Airbnb, that they rented out occasionally. When we had made our final arrangements with Dennis and Bert, it made geographic sense to us that we spend a week in Nice en route from Barcelona to Paris. We flew from Barcelona to Nice. The train ride was long and...

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Nov 26, 2015 - Another drive into the mountains

For a complete contrast to the day before we decided to take another ride into the mountains. This time we took a road to the east of Nice. Again we quickly were in the mountains and taking a road through a gorge valley and then climbed to 1,600m before finding another road through stunning scenery back to the coast. Again the roads were narrow and we lost count of the number of hairpin bends. All good driving practice!

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Nov 23, 2015 - Cannes

We had a quiet day for us visiting nearby Cannes. The weather for once was cold and grey. Cannes is famous for the film festival in May where it’s a place to be seen. However at this time of year it’s a pleasant upmarket sea side resort with a lovely promenade, some rather high-end shops, super yachts in the harbour and some stylish hotels. The prices for coffee reflected this.

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Nov 22, 2015 - Gorges du Verdon

Today was a long day as we spent the day exploring the Gorges du Verdon or the Grand Canyon of Verdon It took us nearly two hours driving to get to the start of the gorge but the gorge was just spectacular. We started by driving the south rim with many spectacular viewpoints and many hairpin bends and twisting narrow roads. We had views looking down into the canyon which in places was over 700m deep. We saw very few other cars – “only mad dogs and Englishmen” at this time of year. We returned via the north rim again a narrow road with many...

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Nov 20, 2015 - Exploring the coast between Theoule-sur-Mer and St Raphael

Today we decided to head west and explore the coast between Theoule-sur-Mer and St Raphael. We had discovered that the easiest way to get anywhere in this area was to get on the motorway (and pay the tolls) to the nearest exit to the place you want to visit rather than take the coast road anywhere between Nice and Cannes. This we did today to get to the other side of Cannes The coast from Theoule –sur-Mer is relatively undeveloped due to the Massif de L’Esterel Park. It was a lovely drive and we stopped many times to enjoy the views and...

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Nov 18, 2015 - Driving the Grande and Moyenne Corniche

There are three roads called the Corniches between Nice and Monaco. Napoleon built the Grande Corniche on the old Roman route Via Julia Augusta and is 1,600ft above sea level. It was on this route that Hitchcock filmed Grace Kelly driving her roadster in “To Catch a Thief”. The Moyenne Corniche was built in the first quarter of the 20th century when tourism was causing a problem on the coastal road or Corniche Inferieure. From Nice finding the start of the Grande Corniche was a little testing but we found it in the end and were rewarded...

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Nov 14, 2015 - Into the mountains

We can only take so much townscapes and humanity so we decided to take a trip into the mountains behind the coast. Any road we took twisted and climbed through the steep hills even the major roads. We took a road to Gourdon above a gorge and what a surprise. Not only was the surrounding countryside stunning but the village sat high on a rocky outcrop above the valley. We stopped to explore the village and enjoyed the views before continuing once again. We then headed further up into the mountains to Geôlières les Neiges. Again stunning...

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Nov 13, 2015 - Antibes

Today we headed into the nearby town of Antibes. We parked near the harbour and spent our first hour just admiring the multi-million pound boats. One was just gorgeous and we discovered by talking to a local that it was just 5 months old, built in the Netherlands and had cost over 100 million Euros .It also required 25 to 30 crew. We also learnt due to regulations even with its size it could only have 12 guests otherwise there would have been a requirement for full lifeboats etc and that would have spoilt the look! We then wandered through...

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Nov 12, 2015 - First day on the Mediterranean

After our journey yesterday we had a quiet day just exploring the local area. Our campground is located on a hill just outside Villeneuve Loubet Beach next to a park area very handy for Daisy’s morning walk. However to get to the beach and promenade we had to negotiate the busy main road and the railway line. We enjoyed a walk around the harbour and then along the promenade in the sunshine.

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Nov 11, 2015 - Heading south to the coast

Today we left Avignon and headed south to the French Riviera of the Cote d’Azur on the Mediterranean. As it was a holiday in France the roads were relatively quiet particularly through Avignon. We travelled through quite spectacular hills to the coast. We arrived safely at our campground (the only one open) near Antibes after negotiating the traffic on the coastal road and a rather tight turn into the campground. The campground once in was good and we intend to stay for maybe two weeks.

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Nov 10, 2015 - Les Baux-de-Provence

Today we headed out to Les Baux-de-Provence. However we stopped on the way just outside Fontvielle and visited some remains of another Roman aqueduct and the Moulin de Daudet (windmill). It was another beautiful day. We then carried onto the small fortified village of Les Baux-de-Provence again perched high on a hill. The main purpose was to visit the ruined 11th century castle which merges almost imperceptibly into the plateau above the village. We were surprised by the number of visitors in the village and the castle. Again the excellent...

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Nov 9, 2015 - La Chartreuse du Val du Benediction

It was back to being sunny and after a late get up decided to walk across to Villeneuve-les Avignon to visit the old monastery that we had run out of time to do the last time we visited the town. The monastery was founded by the sixth of the Avignon popes, Innocent VI and at the time was a closed order. We wandered through the three cloisters, church, chapels, cells and communal spaces. It must have been impressive in its time. We then enjoyed a long walk in the sunshine along a nearby canal where Daisy was able to have some off lead time.

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