Arrondissement de Draguignan

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  • Day22


    September 19 in France

    So I started the day with the intention of going to Cannes. (Where the famous music festival takes place). Once there I didn't really love the place. It's full of luxury boutiques: Gucci, Prada, etc. and the beach is not that fantastic. So I hopped back on the train to head to St-Raphael. Oh yes. I need to mention that the train broke down again. And we needed to wait an hour for it to be repaired. Why are these trains always breaking when I take them?

    Anywho, this village is super adorable and the hotel I got is gorgeous. Since I am staying with a friend's mom for a few days over the weekend I can splurge on nice hotels for the next 3 nights right! Sylviane put me in contact with her friends mom who lives near Marseille (Aix de provence) so she offered me a room for the weekend since I will be in the area. Yay! :-)

    Again today was the beach (I am getting so brown) and visiting the town. This place is where the richs come. The yatchs here are unreal...

    P.s. Since I have been seeing at least 1 Pomeranian per day since I've been here I started taking pictures of the daily Pom to send to my mom. Thought ide share this one as it looks like Misty.

    14 days until I see you misty ❤
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  • Day16

    Our second full day on the Canal

    September 11, 2017 in France

    More of the same, but we did pull up in Homps for a few hours into the marina to fill the boat with water, empty the rubbish, charge the boat and electronic devices and find a supermarche in order to stock up for lunch and dinner.

    One of the lock-keepers fancied himself as a bit of a sculptor, and as we went through the lock, one of his sculptures was a wooden crocodile.

    We don't have a great deal of cooking implements, and Craig and my turn to cook, so we bought some chorizo and long chipolata sausages, potatoes and tomatoes and we are making the Jamie Oliver oven baked dish. Craig has added some moules instead of anchovies (which is what I use at home when I make this dinner).

    A bit of excitement today as it has been really windy and there were a number of fires in the hilly country to our left as we travelled along the lock. In the afternoon there were a number of planes dumping water on the fire which was located in what seemed to be Narbonne National Park. We saw the flames on the ridge of the mountain.
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  • Day19

    Saint Tropez, France

    August 21, 2017 in France

    This small port on the French Riviera is known for its sea and sun. It has 32 private beach clubs and 75 public beaches. We drove on the vine road. They have been making wine in this area for centuries. Cork trees are native to St Tropez.
    We visited two mid-evil villages from the 9th century, Gassin and Ramatuelle. They were built high in the mountains to protect their inhabitants against invaders.Read more

  • Day406

    Long day of driving today! We headed out around 9am, since neither of us were particularly inclined to stay much longer cooped up in the small room. It was nice enough, but our host's father came to visit as well with a large dog (very friendly, but Schnitzel didn't like it) so we felt a bit disruptive too.

    Found some pastries for breakfast at a boulangerie and then headed eastwards along the coast. Took a detour through a national park which was quite nice, lots of dramatic limestone cliffs and such towering out of the blue water.

    Spent a couple of hours driving before we arrived in our first destination: Saint-Tropez. Wasn't sure what I was expecting to find, but it's actually really small! Just a village really. Parked up and browsed along the waterfront, though all the restaurants were hideously expensive again. Managed to find a place that had a plate of the day filet mignon with potato puree for 16 euros which we both had. Delicious, but we definitely paid for it! 6 euros for a small 250mL of draft beer was comical as well.

    Bought a delicious Tarte-Tropezienne which is basically a two-layer sponge cake with an enormous vanilla cream wedge in the centre. We shared it while sitting in the sun looking at the enormous yachts parked at the marina. Quite a bit larger than the boat we'd been on a couple of weeks earlier!

    Back to the car where we kept driving, roughly along the coast but also inland as well. You can't really take the "coast road" since it's very windy and takes forever - also low speed limits since it goes through every town and village along the way. So we spent a couple of sections on the freeway as well.

    Arrived in Cannes by mid-afternoon, running a bit late to make it to our Airbnb still 40 minutes up the road in Nice. Parked underneath the Casino and conference centre on the waterfront where the film festival is held, and then walked for a bit of the promenade. Cannes is a much larger city than Saint-Tropez, and is definitely much busier as well.

    In the end we didn't have much time to do anything beyond search fruitlessly for somewhere selling ice-cream. So we had Magnums instead, then got back in the car!

    Getting out of Cannes proved to be a nightmare - horrendous traffic and lots of one-way streets, along with confusing direction signs and crazy French drivers. They aren't Italian level bad, but not too far off! Lots of roadworks going on which I assume they have to get done before everyone descends on the town in summer and makes it unbearable, though they probably want to do everything before the film festival as well which I think is in May.

    In the end, we arrived about 45 minutes late to our Airbnb - probably the first time that's happened to such a degree! The lady spoke very good English and was fine about it, since we'd kept her updated on our progress. The apartment is a downstairs granny flat under her house and is quite modern and well-equipped. Bread and cheese from the supermarket for dinner after our expensive and filling lunch!
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  • Day33

    Saint-Raphael, "French Riviera"!

    April 20, 2015 in France

    It was a great day! Ruby and I slept in bunk beds last night! We really like our cabin and wish we could stay more than 2 nights. The caravan park has so many pools and slides and a playground and we did it all today! Even mum went on a water slide and screamed it was cold.

  • Day35

    Well what I thought was going to be a real A to B day turned out to be a great ride. Another 1000+ meters of climbing but when you start in the mountains and finish at the sea there's always going to be more down than up and with nearly 2000 meters of descending all the climbing over the last few days was well rewarded.

    I was also given a fantastic guided tour of the French hills and towns by local resident and very keen cyclist Howard who I met whilst riding today. A retired Englishman he and his wife now spend 6 months a year at their hill side villa in Claviers and count the Beckhams when they are in town as neighbours, whos place he pointed out (well the gate at least). After being invited for lunch I couldn't refuse and had a great 2 hours talking about bikes, their lives, living in France and much more. A lovely couple who I could have spent all afternoon chatting with but the coast at Saint-Maxime was calling so I left them drinking wine and eating cheese in the sunshine on their terrace overlooking their pool and the hillside village. I'm very much starting to see the attraction of this place!

    From theirs it was 25 or so miles to St Maxime and my starting point for a few chilled days along the French Riviera. With not much more than about 20 miles to cover each day as I my make my way towards Monaco for next Thursday it's going to be more holiday than touring for a week!
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  • Day36

    Start of the beach leg of the tour today with a nice relaxed ride round to Saint-Tropez from Sainte Maxime and back again. Some serious yachts in both harbours especially St Tropez and with Cannes Festival still on their were even bigger moored out at sea. Money money money!!!

    The evening was all about cup finals with Utd beating an unlucky Palace in the FA Cup then the big one for the French with Marseille taking on PSG in the French equivalant and wow are PSG hated down here. Ended up spending most of the evening chatting a Fresh couple from Marseille who were away for the weekend planning their wedding later this year. After a fair few watching the football I was invited to visit and Facebook details were swapped. This for them bought great laughter as it turns out Pipe in French means a certain type of 'job'! I had wondered why I'd always gotten a strange look when checking into hotels!

    Short ride round to Frejus and Saint Raphael tomorrow and a bit more beach time.
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  • Day37

    Very short ride today along the coast which with this mornings hangover was about all I could manage. Morning started watching an international paddle board race in the bay round Sainte-Maxime with a strong coffee then the ride to Frejus and once there a couple of hours dozing on the beach.

    Very relaxed day and wouldn't rush back to Frejus. Nice old town with a Roman Amphitheatre which is worth a visit but the front is where Frejus very much becomes the Bognor Regis of the French Riviera. Apologies to anyone from BR.Read more

  • Day27

    Ausflug zur Esterel-Küste

    October 28, 2017 in France

    Unser bereits letzter Ausflug in Frankreich hat uns in das Esterel-Gebirge bei Saint-Raphaël, genauer gesagt zum Cap Dramont, geführt. Die Wanderung ging bergauf und -ab durch rotes Gestein direkt an der Küste entlang, vorbei an einem alten weißen Leuchtturm und einer vorgelagerten Insel, der Ile d’or, mit einem alten Turm darauf, welcher heute noch als Wohnung genutzt wird.

    Das Gebirge verdankt seine beeindruckende rote Farbe übrigens vulkanischem Gestein, welches Porphyr (Purpur) genannt wird. Als krönenden Abschluss für unsere Ausdauer gab es an der Strandpromenade noch eine vor Nutella „triefende“ Waffel (Crêpes war ausverkauft) mit Blick aufs Meer und den Sonnenuntergang. Vive la france 😊
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  • Day11

    Port Grimaud

    May 28 in France

    Nach einem ordentlichen Gewitter am frühen Morgen war es beim Aufstehen schon wieder warm und trocken. Zwar zogen dunkle Wolken umher, aber wir beschlossen trotzdem ein wenig mit dem Radl nach Port Grimaud und zum Giant zum Einkaufen zu fahren.

    Es gibt ja einen prima Radweg neben der definitiv nicht mit dem Rad zu befahrenden Küstenstraße. So waren wir schnell in Port Grimaud und schauten uns mal wieder die kleine Stadt im Wasser an. Danach noch "schnell" zum Supermarkt und zurück an den CP.

    Abends gibts lecker Fisch, wir freuen uns schon drauf..
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