Arrondissement de Grasse

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  • Day21

    Agde to le Bar-Sur-Loup

    September 16, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    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!
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  • Day22


    September 17, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    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...
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  • Day30

    How not to save money

    June 9, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    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

  • Day24

    Medieval Vence

    September 19, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    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.
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  • Day24

    Gourdon and waterfalls

    September 19, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    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.
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  • Day22

    Le Bar-sur-Loup AirBnB jackpot

    September 17, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    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!
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  • Day22

    Gorge de Loup

    September 17, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We embarked on a little adventure today, leaving our lovely accommodation. We were headed for Pont-du-Loup to start with, which should have only been 10 minutes away, but somehow I accidentally added an additional stop to the journey which meant we left Le Bar-sur-Loup, did a windy loop for about 15 minutes on a narrow road only fit for a bicycle with some of the signs showing a 25% incline, only to end back up in Le Bar-sur-Loup before I realised. The kids thought it was great. I was issued strict instructions by the husband to never do that to him again.

    So, now we were on the road to Pont-du-Loup, looking for the turn-off to Gorge de Loup. We have discovered that signage is not a French forte. After a few terse words that saw us turning around on a stretch of road not fit for carriage for vehicles, we parked in Pont-du-Loup, wandered into the village and accidentally found ourselves on a path that followed the stream up through the gorge. It was magical.

    We followed that to its natural conclusion (ie: someone had set up a sign that said "private property", which meant we could go no further). Rather than go back the way we came, we decided a river crossing was in order. Hmmm. Brain freeze after eating a Big Blue Meanie Slurpee from 7/11 does not even come close to describing what happened to our feet from putting them in the Icelandic waters of this stream. Poor Kate, who is smaller than all of us, had a higher proportion of her body in the water so took some time to recover from the cold. But, we did all Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fans proud - we had our towel with us, so could at least dry our feet before putting our shoes back on! [To quote: A towel, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.]

    It was a pleasant few hours in the gorge. What is strikingly different over here is that these sorts of wonders are free from "nanny state" intervention. No guard rails, no signs dictating where you can and can't go (other than enterprising locals staking their claim on the land), no over-manicuring of the paths. It is quite refreshing, although even the kids are pointing out the non-compliant stair treads!
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  • Day22

    Le Pont-sur-Loup

    September 17, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    After getting back from our journey into the Gorge, we stopped at a shop in Le Pont-sur-Loup called Florian Confiserie which made the most delicious and unusual confectionery. The place had been swarming with a bus load of tourists as we left for our walk along the Gorge, but on the way back it was empty, so we went inside, prompted by the kids having found out that it was a "lolly shop".

    But this was not any ordinary lolly shop. This place was full of delicious and exceptional quality yummy stuff. The lady had all sorts of things she was pulling out from behind the counter for us to try. Of note were their candied citrus peel which you just can't get enough of. There was also chocolate covered citrus peel, jams and jellies of unusual varieties. Despite the outrageous expense, we bought a jar of candied whole clementines, which the sales lady said was great with vanilla glace (ice-cream). We obliged and bought some ice cream on the way home - wholeheartedly agree on her recommended accompaniment!
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  • Day38

    Day 38 - Frejus to Antibes, 34 miles

    May 23, 2016 in France ⋅ 🌬 70 °F

    Stunning ride along the rocky coastline of the French Riviera today all with the snow capped Alps in the background. Very up and down ride as you dive down to one bay then climb back up and dive down to the next. Very very windy though with gusts of 40mph+ so the beaches despite the blue sky and 20+ degrees were empty.

    Some of the houses along the the coastline are incredible and the bike is a great way to see then all and be nosey. Where do these people get there money!? Cannes was the biggest town and good place for lunch and wander around. The film festival finished yesterday so the whole place was being dismantled. Plenty of tourists still around though and the famous red carpet was still in place.

    Antibes was my destination for the evening and beautiful old town which is buzzing due to having one of the biggest ports in the area. Also where all the boat crews stop, party and try and get work. Had a good night with a few of them and interesting listening to their stories from the guts working and having Dicaprio party on their yacht during Cannes to the guys still trying to find work. Some serious wedge available though for the guys who get work.

    Short ride to Nice tomorrow that I can already see round the bay and looking forward to spending a couple of days there.
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