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Dec 4, 2015 - Walk to Cap Lardier

Starting at the Plage de Gigaro just south of La Croix Valmer we walked the coastal path to Cap Lardier through a protected conservation area. This time the path was well defined and although there was some steep sections there was no scrambling over rocks. Again another great walk. As we returned to the car the sky looked threatening. Perhaps we are going to have some rain?

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Dec 2, 2015 - Presidential Holiday coast

Today we took the coastal path from Cabasson and where the French President has his summer palace, Fort Bregancon. According to the local trails map this was an easy trail. Yes the first bit was but there were parts where we were scrambling over rocks. The rocks themselves were fascinating. Some were almost vertical and had seams of marble running through them. Some were etched almost as if somebody had slashed them with a knife. Others were like Emmental cheese and there was some which shined like silver. It was a great walk with views...

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Dec 1, 2015 - Exploring East along the coast

A lovely day so we headed east to explore the coast east of Bormes-les-Mimosas. Our first stop was at Pointe du Layet where we enjoyed a short walk exploring the point. We the intended to drive up to the Col du Canadel but the road was closed due to road works. Instead we went into the village of Le Royal-Canadel-sur Mer and after consulting the local tourist office found there was a trail up to the viewpoint. It was a good steep climb but the views were worth the effort.

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Nov 30, 2015 - Bormes les Mimosas

We had moved the day before to a campground near the small town of Bormes les Mimosas. It was an interesting exercise getting into our pitch, with Tony having to back from the reception area but once we were in we were fine. Our first day saw us exploring the town of Bormes les Mimosas. There was three parts of the town, the old village in the hills, the modern commercial area and then the beach and port area. The old village was really lovely with narrow cobbled streets opening into small squares all enhanced by the lush vegetation 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 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 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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