Traumhaftes Wetter in Cannes genießen, bevor der Regen heute Abend kommt. Trotz der vielen Menschen überall gibt es noch kleine Gassen und Parks die Menschen leer sind. 😊
Beau petit village! Baignade dans la mer pas mal toute la journee! Cette plage est sableuse et non rocheuse comme Nice.
P.s. Les gens avaient extremement raison en disant que la cote d'azur est extremement chere!!! 😒😒 Bouffe. Hotels. Eau. Bref, juste le vin qui est abordable ici. 👌🤣Read more
A travel day today... We left our boat, Craig ordered a taxi, in a mixture of French and English, and it actually turned up and could fit all 6 of us in along with all our luggage! A bit of waiting around in Le Cap d'Agde until it was time to pick up the hire cars and we were off.
The drive to le Bar-Sur-Loup took just over 4 hours, mostly on toll roads (otherwise you can add another 2 hours to the journey time), so it was relatively calm. French people have no idea how to drive straight, in their own lane, or indicate. Quite frightening at times!
The village of le Bar-Sur-Loup is in the mountainous hinterlands about 60 minutes from Nice. It is quaint! Streets are skinny, our car is parked in a public car park somewhere up the hill from where we are staying, but we have lovely views of the valley formed by the Loup River.
We wandered down the road and had dinner at a bistro with views across said valley, on a terrace where the pergola was dripping with grapes on a vine. Pretty awesome!Read more
I kid you not, Craig said he had a genuine stammer as we entered the car park in this place. It is a medieval village, well renowned for its arts and crafts such as weaving, painting, pottery jewellery and sculpture. Quite simply, this was so incredibly gorgeous and quaint and authentic that it was hard not to believe that a movie set had been created in all its perfection and put there for you to walk through. The fact that people can and do live in this type of village almost defies logic and of course, you have to wonder "where do they shop? where do they work? does driving a car here drive them insane?". The place is breathtaking.
We parked in a square, bought a couple of baguettes and wandered through the narrow winding streets to find somewhere to eat. This led us to the panorama which gave an incredible view across the viaduct which were originally built in the early 1900s to provide train access to what was otherwise an isolated area, and out to the Mediterranean.
We had lunch under a tree and then walked down the goat track (not knowing where it was going to take us) until we actually ended up on the viaduct looking back up to the village! Back up in the village, dating from the 16th century, we wandered a bit more through the tiny streets, had a peak in an art gallery or two, before buying some groceries and heading back home.
A fabulous day out! Off to Nice and Monte Carlo tomorrow...Read more
After leaving the waterfalls, we drove into Vence, which at its core has a medieval village, probably the most used for everyday life of all the ones we have visited so far. This also had lots of restaurants in obscure spots. The kids were mesmerised by the cats - there are a lot of cats in France - so a lot of mesmerising going on!
There are a few hairy bits on the drive home, which prompted Finn and Kate to start singing the "Dumb ways to die" song. We added some of our own verses which included "driving on French Riviera roads for no good reason", "overtaking at speed when you can't see what's coming" and various iterations thereof.Read more
After a great day doing good mileage at good speed we checked into our hotel just north of Grasse and they wanted to charge an extra 9 Euros for breakfast so we thought we would check out the local bakery who sells coffee and cooks croissants. Brilliant, all set up for breakfast. Then as we were passing a delicatessen we thought why not buy some bits and some bread from the bakery and stay in tonight and sit on our very nice terrace with a bottle of local wine. So we bought artichoke hearts in oil, marinated mushrooms, cheese wrapped in ham, sun dried tomatoes, a chunk of local cheese, a bottle of local wine, special French salami, and what we thought was vegitable lasagne but turned out to have egg where pasta would be. It was very nice. But sadly the cost was nearly 50 Euros. Then we realised that or only cutlery was a Swiss army knife and the cups were from the hotel bathroom. We did enjoy it though.Read more
We found ourselves on the long and winding road to Gourdon today, which is more up in the hills than le Bar-sur-Loup. 'Twas a wee bit hazy looking out to the sea, but pretty spectacular views nevertheless. There were lots of lovely little artisanal shops in Gourdon, and similar to many of the other places we have visited recently, the shops themselves are irregular inside, with stone walls, uneven floors, low ceilings and tiny little off-shoot rooms.
The kids have been enchanted by the various lolly shops we have come across in these places so today I relented and allowed them to buy a "strawberry" which was one big ball of tasty-looking sugar concoction!
After leaving Gourdon, we took the roundabout route to Vence, which took us further up into the gorge, did a switchback to come down the other side, stopping at the waterfalls. In a "this would never happen in Australia" type of arrangement, a business had set up shop at the side of the road, built a stone house and restaurant, put a turnstile in which cost €1 per person to go through the turnstile to look at a natural phenomena. We obliged. There was no evidence of this being a state-run enterprise, so I can only assume that it is perfectly OK to hijack local beauty for your own profit. Similar to many beaches here I guess? It was spectacular, of course.Read more
OK, we have hit the jackpot with this AirBnB. There is only one thing on the list I would change about this place and that is the name on the Title Deed! We all want to move in and live here forever.
I made dinner tonight, just so I could revel in the fabulously appointed kitchen. The kids want to swim but it was too cold by the time we got home from today's adventures. It got a bit chilly, so Craig stoked the wood fire.
The pieces of art, the lighting, the decor - everything is très bon. There is a lot to be said for excessive amounts of cutlery, beautiful wine glasses, sharp knives, great cooking pots, lovely towels, lots of ambient lighting and a glowing fire, washed down with a local drop of rosé. I'm in love!Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Arrondissement de Grasse