Week 67

Day 463 – Friday 14th June 2019

Another rainy day in Surrey

Wellies in June? 🙁

Day 464 – Saturday 15th June 2019

To Walsall

to see Julie’s Mum

Walsall, Garden City of the Midlands 😉

Day 465 – Sunday 16th June 2019

I set off for a leg stretch up Reigate Hill but before I even got there it started to absolutely piss down and I got soaked wet through.

Day 466 – Monday 17th June 2019

Fuckin’ ‘ell it’s not raining! I went for a walk into Reigate and then up Reigate Hill.

these wooden wingtips are the memorial to a Flying Fortress which crashed into Reigate Hill on the way home from a bombing mission in 1945

Of the 9 American crew the eldest was just 24 years old. These days I doubt most 24 year olds could wire up a plug.

The Inglis memorial at the top of Colley Hill. You’d imagine Lieutenant Colonel Sir Robert William Inglis was a big brave war hero but in actual fact he was just rich and he built this memorial to himself Originally it was a drinking fountain for horses.

View from the top of Colley Hill looking towards Leith Hill.

Day 467 – Tuesday 18th June 2019

It started off bright but soon turned wet.

Went to Crawley…

Day 468 – Wednesday 19th June 2019

A mixed day. Went to IKEA.

IKEA’s lighting department, oh the excitement!

Day 469 – Thursday 20th June 2019

A dry day. After lunch we went to Box Hill

I love Box Hill’s chalk meadows

It’s that time of year, Purple Spotted Orchid

I have to say I have found the weather these past two weeks very testing but when it doesn’t rain there can’t be many places on earth as beautiful as the English countryside in summer.

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Week 66

Day 456 – Friday 7th June 2019

A wet start to the week. Looking forward to tackling my To Do List for the next week or so 🙁 Got very wet walking into town.

Priory Park, Reigate, in the rain.

Day 457 – Saturday 8th June 2019

Got absolutely pissed wet through again coming back from Screwfix. On the plus side I’ve nearly finished all the odd jobs around the house 😀

Reigate High Street in the rain

Some good news; I weighed myself and after 8 months of far too much Rosé, far too many cakes, too much ice cream and shedloads of roast potatoes I haven’t put on any weight at all  🙂 My book The Smug Git Diet will be out in time for Christmas 😀

Day 458 – Sunday 9th June 2019

A bright start to the day!!!!!

Reigate without the rain!

Finished all the work on the house and started sorting out all the storage in Nelly.

Day 459 – Monday 10th June 2019

While it’s sunny in Praia da Luz and 25°c in Antibes it’s another very wet day in Reigate with the Met Office issuing an amber warning for the South East.

it’s June and the River Mole has burst its banks

Day 460 – Tuesday 11th June 2019

Hooray the rain has stopped! Went for a walk in the countryside

I can think of no finer place to walk than an an overgrown English footpath in June

all the sights to be seen

Priory Park lake

Reservoir Ducks

Day 461 – Wednesday 12th June 2019

It was a dry start to the day butt absolutely bucketed down in the afternoon. Pottered about the house a lot and watched some TV.

Day 462 – Thursday 13th June 2019

A dryish day. I thought my To Do List would take weeks and weeks but I’m coming to the end of  it already so I’m hoping the weather will improve and I can get out and about. Otherwise I’m going to go mad hanging around Reigate.

I think Cfor is missing the adventure too!

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Week 65

Day 449 – Friday 31st May 2019

A banging hot day and time to make our way back to England. Packed up and drove the 3 hours to Avignon. We used toll roads because the N roads and the D roads to Aix-en-Provence are an absolute pain in the arse; £30 well spent.

It was 28°c when we arrived at the site in Avignon so the aircon went on straight away. Bliss 😀 Cfor was quickly out of the door for an explore. He has a routine for new sites. The fat boy barrels down the steps, gives the place a quick one two then goes under the van  while he gets his bearings.

Cfor absolutely loves rolling around in dirt; look at his eyes, there must be something primeval going on.

Later we walked the short distance into Avignon, it was still very hot at 5pm.

Avignon is a beautiful old French town on the banks of the Rhone and has a beautiful town square and a lovely little park towards the train station.

Le Pont d’Avignon with the Papal Palace in the background

Day 450 – Saturday 1st June 2019

Another banging hot day. Used N & D roads to get to Macon, took slightly over 6 hours to do about 200 miles.

You get a good look at the French countryside on the N & D roads

It was 28°c again when we arrived in Macon.

Found a shady spot to pitch up and put the aircon on again.

Another day, some new dirt to roll in – Cfor made himself right at home.

Day 451 – Sunday 2nd June 2019

Hotter than banging today. It would have taken 6½ hours to make today’s journey on N & D roads so we took the toll road all the way to Chalons-en-Champagne.  With just a 100 yards or so to campsite Doris decided to send us round a housing estate! Brilliant.

The actual town of Chalons-en-Champagne looked fabulous as we drove by it but as it’s 32°c outside I’m sticking close to the aircon. Looking forward to some Reigate rain 😀

Cfor made himself at home, in the middle of the road.

Day 452 – Monday 3rd June 2019

An overcast day 😀 Took the toll roads to Comines near the Belgium border.

Stopping at the snail farm again

Day 453 – Tuesday 4th June 2019

A bright start to the day. Made our way to Cite Europe just outside Calais.

Cfor wanted to explore the car park, Julie had kittens

Day 454 – Wednesday 5th June 2019

Up early and to the ferry.

Adios Calais

England

I’ve been waiting a long long time for some proper chips 😀

Chips eaten it was time to start my to do list; I was still mowing the lawn at nearly 10pm

Day 455 – Thursday 6th June 2019

A bright day so I carried on with the garden. After a couple of hours cutting hedges I reckoned I deserved another portion of chips!

Full of grease & carbs I soon finished the garden 😀

Only another 8½ pages of my To Do list to go! 🙁

 

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Week 64

Day 442 – Friday 24th May 2019

An overcast day and the start of our last week in Antibes.

To Monaco for Free Friday and the first thing we see coming out of the station….

Sailing Yacht A parked outside Port Herclue. Just letting everyone else know their boats are just a little bit boring

Out of the station we headed for some stands to watch a bit of a Formula 2 race.

Up in the stands

You get a far better idea of the speed they do down on the starting straight

It was a fairly dull affair until Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick, nudged a car while trying to undertake at Rascasse and the track was completely blocked bringing the whole race to a shuddering halt.

Life father like son

Next stop was the Fan Zone to see the drivers interviewed

George Russell, he came across as an affable lad

unlike Lando Norris who was either very nervous or doesn’t have any social skills whatsoever

Carlos Sainz was very funny especially when it was suggested he came from Barcelona

Kimi was Kimi

This is Lewis Hamilton’s idea of street. Yeah Lewis, Sesame Street

Ferrari don’t normally do the Fan Zone but as Leclerc is from Monaco I guess he felt obliged to

Later we had a walk up Le Rocher to the palace to see the views

Port Herclue

Sir Philip Green’s boat, Lionheart, is nearly always parked in Port Herclue and he’s obviously not going to let a little thing like his business empire collapsing around him limit his spending so he’s here again.

A berth for a 90m boat like Green’s Lionheart costs €109,000 for the Grand Prix week.  Even a more modest 40m yacht will cost you at least €20,000 in Port Herclue. Around the corner in Port de Fontvieille a 40m mooring costs just €10,000 for Grand Prix week.

Port de Fontvieille, where the poor people park their yachts.

To end the day we had a walk on the track.

Burgers & beer on the track

By gum that girder on the right is well painted

Every knob and his bimbo likes to drive pose on the circuit once it opens to the public

Something Italian

Blimey, that’s an upgrade on the Yeti. Wonder if he also treated himself to a decent razor with that pension pot!

Day 443 – Saturday 25th May 2019

A scorching day. After yesterday’s exertions we sat around reading and getting sunburnt.

With that fur coat Cfor found some shade. Just next to where the Collar Doves dance and fight

 Day 444 – Sunday 26th May 2019

It rained early morning but by lunchtime it was boiling. We decamped to the bar to watch the GP with some pizza.

It was a bit of a dull affair, I never knew Lewis Hamilton had his PSV and I’m glad I didn’t spend €1,000+ on tickets. If Max Verstappen can’t overtake a car with dodgy tyres in 40+ laps then I think Monaco as an actual race is finished.

Great town, shame about the race.

Day 445 – Monday 27th May 2019

A cold overcast day with drizzle. Did nothing really.

Day 446 – Tuesday 28th May 2019

A mixed day.

went to Juan-Les-Pins for an ice cream

Cfor occasionally likes to think he can catch a lizard; you’ve got to have goals & dreams.

Day 447 – Wednesday 29th May 2019

A beautiful sunny day, Ate and played cards by the van, far too hot to do anything else.

Day 448 – Thursday 30th May 2019

Our last day in Antibes and it was an absolute scorcher. Went to Saint Paul de Vance for a picnic lunch and a nose about.

Julie tells me it’s 10 years today since we met!

Tomorrow we start our journey back to the UK 😀

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Week 63

Day 435 – Friday 17th May 2019

An overcast day, did a bit of shopping and not much else.

It’s Cfor’s birthday today; he wanted one of the Collar Doves that hang around our pitch but being such a fatty he had to settle for some extra biscuits 😀

Birthday Boy

Day 436 – Saturday 18th May 2019

Another overcast day this time with some drizzle. Planned the journey back home and polished up my To Do list.

The morning after the night before

Day 437 – Sunday 19th May 2019

It rained all night and it’s overcast & cold today. Not really the weather for doing much. Did some reading, listened to some podcasts and polished my To-Do list yet again.

Cfor got some much needed exercise in by moving from the dashboard to the bed

Day 438 – Monday 20th May 2019

The forecast was for overcast and rain later but it was a lovely day. After lunch we took Zippy to Cagnes-sur-Mer for a walkabout and an ice cream.

Cagnes-sur-Mer

Once on the seafront Julie spotted sailing Yacht A parked up off the Cap d’Antibes. Yes it’s that big and that distinctive. Ice creams eaten we motored to the Cap.

It’s the 9th biggest yacht in the world and it was parked just off Plage Garoupe where the Russian owner has a house & estate.

At the little jetty the tenders use at Plage Garoupe I chatted with one of the crew  who told me it has a crew of about 60 onboard and does about 8-9kts under sail but they always motorsail at about 15kts. Must be a great life sailing between the Caribbean & the Riviera; got to be better than spending your days in a windowless box near Southampton that’s for sure!

Roman Abramovich’s yacht Eclipse is still anchored around the corner off Eden Roc and even though it’s much bigger than Sailing Yacht A it’s nowhere near as striking.

Eclipse, the 3rd biggest Yacht in the world but rather boring really.

Day 439 – Tuesday 21st May 2019

An overcast day and quite cold. Spent the day reading and listening to podcasts.

It turns out it wasn’t Cfor’s birthday last Friday it’s this Friday!

Day 440 – Wednesday 22nd May 2019

A cloudy day but not cold.

Treated myself to a fry up for lunch.

After lunch we took Zippy to Grasse. It was a great drive through the winding hills even if I did have share the road with a few French dickheads. What part of it’s dangerous to overtake on blind bends don’t they not understand.

Grasse is quite a big town. They make and sell a lot of perfume here so there weren’t many shops I could go in.

The town centre is as you’d expect in France, beautifully dilapidated and a bit wonky.

Umbrellas

Can you do that again I missed it.

Like most French towns they have a bell tower or two and a clock tower.

I got lost on the way home but not as lost as Theresa.

Day 441 – Thursday 23rd May 2019

A sunny day but Julie’s leg and ankle are swollen after she  slipped over yesterday.

Sat around reading, dozing and listening to podcasts in the sun. Monaco tomorrow 😀 😀

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Week 62

Day 428 – Friday 10th May 2019

A gloriously sunny day. We set off for a spin around the coast on Zippy

Roman’s yacht is still anchored off Eden Roc, you’d think with all his cash he could afford a little tender to get ashore!

Ended up in Cannes….

It’s the start of the film festival next week and the whole place is log jammed with trucks and cranes and construction workers busy making everything just so for all the Luvvies as they jet in for a few hours to get their mugshots taken on a red carpet

stages are being built on the beach

Hotels are busy upgrading their rooftop bars

Heard lots of American accents around town but truth be told the only film I’ve seen that was made in the last 20 years was The Hangover so I wouldn’t recognise a modern day ‘film star’ if I tripped over one.

security is tight, they obviously don’t want anyone stealing Emma’s airmiles!

it’ll never be finished by Monday!

Sylvester Stallone’s handprint outside the Tourist Office

Poor Meryl Streep, she has to fit in by the bike sheds, back where she probably started.

Cannes away from croisette and tack of Hollywood, beautiful

Day 429 – Saturday 11th May 2019

An overcast and cold start to the day.

It brightened up in the afternoon so we popped into Antibes for a nose around.

the town was full of Americans

The day became a scorcher and we were grateful when the wind got up to cool things down.

Day 430 – Sunday 12th May 2019

A beautiful start to the day.

Cfor loves a little roll around on the dirt

Went to Haut Cagnes for a Thai festival.

Typically all the food had either chicken, pork or shrimp in it. I ended up with the world’s greasiest crispy pancake

There was traditional dress…

crazy dancing…

and melon carving!

Day 431 – Monday 13th May 2019

A beautiful day; had the card school round for lunch. A very lazy day.

Day 432 – Tuesday 14th May 2019

I get all the news I need from the weather report

We hopped on Zippy and went for a spin to Golfe-Juan.

Golfe-Juan is where Napoleon landed on 1st March 1815 when he escaped from his exile on Elba. It didn’t take long for Nelson to put him back in his box later that year at Waterloo.

Nowadays there’s not much in Golfe-Juan unless you have a yacht or want to eat by the marina

Julie

On the way home we stopped in Juan-Les-Pins for an ice cream and a stroll along the front

Day 433 – Wednesday 15th May 2019

There was a storm during the night but it’d all died down by breakfast and by 10am it was a fabulously sunny day.

As we are off to Monaco tomorrow we had another lazy day sitting in the sun reading and listening to podcasts. My tan is coming along nicely

Day 434 – Thursday 16th May 2019

Off to Monaco for a nose about.

The train was delayed and we didn’t arrive until lunch time. So my mind was totally focused on getting some food while Julie was more interested in taking photos.

Who owns Topman & Burtons but dresses at Oxfam?

Eventually I managed to buy a pizza to eat on the marina.

The base was too thick and there was too much cloying cheese. Other than that absolutely fabulous!

With just a week to go till the Grand Prix and workmen all over the place it was pretty chaotic.

me helping get the track ready for next week’s GP (4th upright girder in on the left at the tunnel entrance if anyone is watching 😀 )

I’ve been to Monaco many times but I’ve never actually been in the casino so I brought my passport and wallet with me today.

Gambling only pays when you’re winning

You can go in the foyer and gift shop for free and just by the cloakroom are the best free public toilets on the Riviera but it’s €17 to get into the casino itself. You get a voucher to exchange for 2 €5 non-cashable chips so it’s quite good value for money.

The table room we went in was quite ornate but rather small. You aren’t allowed to take pictures but that never stops Julie 😀

I used to be on Betfair all the time putting money on football matches and the tennis but I never considered it gambling. Gambling is for fools I was investing plus I absolutely hate losing.

With that in mind the only chips I was going to use were the non-cashable ones I’d been gifted. I went to play on a roulette table and betting on Manque (1-18) & Passe (18-36) I only won our entry money back 😀

But it turns out 32 isn’t Julie’s lucky number after all.

What’s your secret Mr Winner? Legging it the moment you are ahead of course!

Later we had a walk about the shops and the track…

How big is that bloody steering wheel?

The starting line P1

If you want to be sitting right on the starting line you need Tribune H5, seat A15

Julie at the start of the tunnel exit chicane with shoes to match!

Julie on the Apex at Loew’s

All in all a great day out and we’ll be back next friday for Free Friday 😀

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Week 61

Day 421 – Friday 3rd May 2019

A mixed day weatherwise; warm when the sun was out, a little chilly when it was in.

Afternoon card school

Cfor had a proper fight with another cat today. Julie broke it up and Cfor came in the van hissing & growling; the wild animal in him is awakening.

Day 422 – Saturday 4th May 2019

Another mixed day with a few drops of rain. A lazy day.

It brightened up in the evening so I went for a walk in the local woods, reminded me of Surrey.

Day 423 – Sunday 5th May 2019

There was a bit of a storm during the night, another mixed day, not really warm. Another lazy day.

Day 424 – Monday 6th May 2019

A sunny and breezy day.

Cfor had me up at 5:30am this morning; he wanted feeding and the door opening. I can’t believe I left NATS only to become his lackey!

Had the card school round for lunch

Had to sleep lunch off in the afternoon before going to Richard’s for a few hands. Julie won 2 games!

Later we finished watching Line of Duty. I’m not convinced it’s the work of genius people make out; the idea that 3 police officers could be shot dead in an ambush and only DI Kate Fleming & DS Steve Arnott would be tasked with investigating the incident is just frankly bollocks.

Day 425 – Tuesday 7th May 2019

A beautiful sunny morning. After lunch we took Zippy to Haut Cagnes.

The view from Haut Cagnes of Nice airport with its runway sticking out into the sea

Haut Cagnes is a stunning little village and not really touristy

Haut Cagnes town square

There are about 5 restaurants in the town square and another 6 or 7 scattered around the village with a couple of artist’s workshops but that’s it; no tat shops no 107 modern art galleries even though the village has been much painted itself.

Day 426 – Wednesday 8th May 2019

An overcast day and a sneezy day for me too. Watched the last of Game of Thrones season 6.

Day 427 – Thursday 9th May 2019

The sun is back but so is the wind. So we both got blasted by the sun without realising it.

Julie doesn’t like going on Zippy in the wind so I went by myself for a spin on Zippy to Juan-les-Pins on the coast road which is a fabulous ride.

Roman Abramovich’s yacht, Eclipse, was anchored just off Eden Rock, its draft is too much for Antibes harbour.

This is the back gate to Roman’s place, Chȃteau de la Croȅ, on Cap de Antibes.

This is the front gate of Chȃteau de la Croȅ. It used to be owned by Aristotle Onassis. When Roman bought it it was being used by squatters and he’s reportedly spent €30m decorating it.

The French are forever graffiting the road so I might spray COYG on the road leading to his gaff, do you think his security team have a sense of humour? 😀

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Week 60

Day 414 – Friday 26th April 2019

The sunshine is back and it’s hot 😀

Had a lazy day, a stroll along the beach into Port Grimaud for an ice cream was about as energetic as it got.

A beach full of Germans, some things can’t be unseen

Day 415 – Saturday 27th April 2019

Sun is still here 😀

As we are back off to Antibes tomorrow we took Zippy into St Tropez for a nose about.

The back of town

Day 416 – Sunday 28th April 2019

A very sunny day, boiling hot. Packed up and drove back to Antibes.

It’s always difficult checking into the site in Antibes. If they notice you have a scooter they charge you €2.50 a day extra and as we are here for nearly 5 weeks that’s about £60 which I’d much rather spend on food and drink.

Once parked up we had a lazy afternoon in the sun while Cfor went exploring his old hunting grounds.

Cfor doesn’t care what Chris Packham says about killing birds for pleasure. It’s a pity he’s too fat to ever catch one!

Day 417 – Monday 29th April 2019

A boiling hot day. Had a very lazy day sat in the sun topping up me tan. In the evening we went for a walk along Antibe’s old town walls.

In Brighton the seagulls love chips; they will kill for them if need be. This mediterranean cousin is tucking into pasta, olives, grapes and a green pepper salad!

Day 418 – Tuesday 30th April 2019

Another hot day. After a lazy morning we went to St Paul de Vance after lunch.

St Paul de Vance in the sun

I’ve was here a few weeks ago but this is Julie’s first visit.

It’s very popular…

and it’s a little too touristy for me. How many modern art galleries can you shoe into a pretty hilltop town before you kill it?

About 107 judging by St Paul de Vance.

Who the fuck wants a 7ft rainbow coloured gorilla anyway?

In its defence like all French towns St Paul de Vance has an impressive church tower

also the views were very good, Antibes and its Cap in the distance

and away from the crowds it is a beautiful old town

Some idiot in a medieval laveire

Day 419 – Wednesday 1st May 2019

Another sunny day. In the afternoon we took Zippy to Valbonne, a little town 10 miles inland.

The French take 1st May off as a bank holiday

and when they’re not working they do like to eat out

Valbonne is a lovely little town but these French towns are all beginning to merge into one in my head.

The church at Valbonne

Liverpool played Barca in the semi-final of the Champions League tonight and got a right good hiding…

€2 very well spent 😀

Day 420 – Thursday 2nd May 2019

An overcast and cold start to the day. It warmed up a little after lunch and we popped into Antibes; I was in search of a can of baked beans.

We stumbled across a glass blower, nice and warm watching him work.

I managed to find my baked beans in the reduced aisle, just how I like ’em 😀

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Week 59

Day 407 – Friday 19th April 2019

Another sunny day. Into St Tropez after lunch.

It’s Julie’s birthday tomorrow and I was going to buy her a painting of St Tropez from one of the many artists who sit on the waterfront of the old harbour but earlier on this week she went and bloody well bought herself a print of the town!!!!!

Now looking at their work I think with a bit of practice I could do better. I might give it a go and if it goes well it’ll give me something to do while I while away next winter in Portugal.

Day 408 – Saturday 20th April 2019

A sunny if windy day.

To the market at St Tropez.

It’s Easter weekend and there was about a two mile tailback of traffic into the town. It didn’t hold us up on Zippy but it’s amazing that a town as small as St Tropez has enough car parking space to accommodate that many visitors. No way would a small English town be able to handle that much traffic; most local councils in England can’t even pick up the litter let alone sort out their parking.

All marketed out it was on to Le Bou-Bou in Grimaud for Julie’s birthday lunch.

Le Bou-Bou

Le Bou-bou is in a beautiful location but the service leaves a lot to be desired; despite coming back to check our order they got my drink wrong and my chips never arrived. The food that I did get though was great 😀

Later in the afternoon I went for a walk along the beach towards Sainte-Maxime and stumbled across a little nudist beach! They should have warning signs up; someone as sensitive as myself should not have to witness things like that!

Day 409 – Sunday 21st April 2019

An overcast day. I was going to go into town and sketch the harbour front but my back has been bad for days and riding Zippy makes it worse so I spent the day slouched in the van. I did do a bit of drawing though…

From a photo on my phone. I don’t know, I haven’t drawn in donkey’s years; it’s okay and I’ll get better with practice but I think I’ll try drawing and painting on my ipad.

The photo

Day 410 – Monday 22nd April 2019

A sunny day but it’s blowing a bloody gale. My back is a lot better. Went for a walk along the beach in the morning and a spin on Zippy in the afternoon.

Finished watching season 4 of Game of Thrones.

Day 411 – Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Woke up to rain. The morning dragged and I was thinking about my lunch by 10am.

Went for a walk along the beach in the rain.

The nudist beach I came across the other day. Thankfully none were braving the rain.

Spent the afternoon making up a To Do list for when we are back in the UK. God, it’s 3 pages long 🙁 Amongst all the grind of sorting out my house & tidying up the garden, getting MOTs and other mind numbing chores I’m hoping to walk up Ben Nevis, weather permitting of course 😀

Day 412 – Wednesday 24th April 2019

Woke up to heavy rain and it chucked it down till 3pm 🙁

With no campsite cats around to scare him Cfor has become very nocturnal….

The night is dark and full of mice

Day 413 – Thursday 25th April 2019

A cold and overcast day. Thank god the forecast is for the sunshine to return tomorrow. Had a lazy day.

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Week 58

Day 400 – Friday 12th April 2019

An overcast start to the day, not cold but rain is forecast.

Yesterday I read in the Telegraph that a village just up the road is stunning so ignoring the grey skies I set off on Zippy to find Saint Paul de Vence.

Saint Paul de Vence, everything looks better with a blue sky

The Telegraph was half right the narrow streets and alleys are very pretty but…

unfortunately the place is like Eze on steroids; everywhere is an art gallery, a souvenir shop, a fancy restaurant or a purveyor of fine olive oils and soaps. I couldn’t see anywhere where people might actually live.

It was packed too so God knows what it’s like on a sunny summer’s day.

Later I went for a nice peaceful stroll to the local nature reserve, lovely.

Day 401 – Saturday 13th April 2019

A glorious day, loads of sunshine, no wind and warm. We packed up and travelled to Les Mûres, a fantastic campsite near Port Grimaud and just across the bay from St Tropez.

Les Mûres is owned and run by a British family and it’d easily be a 5 star site if only they had seats on the bogs!

Cfor loves it here, there’s lots of dirt for him to roll around in and no campsite cats to harass him

Lunch eaten we hopped on Zippy and sped into St Tropez for a nose about.

St Tropez

I know why the town’s Marie allows great big fuck-off yachts to moor up at the front of the beautiful old harbour – money – but why anyone would want to sit having breakfast or have drinks on the deck of their luxury yacht while a procession of tourists gawp at them is beyond me. Are they really so insecure they need to advertise their wealth?

Day 402 – Sunday 14th April 2019

It started blowing a gale during the night so I had to get up and put the awning straps on in the bloody dark.

A beautiful if windy morning. Off to St Tropez to look at the Bella Strada; a car rally for cars built between 1930 & 1970

The line up

An Aston Martin

It wouldn’t really be a car rally without some last minute repairs to the only Fiat present

Couldn’t have a car rally in the south of France without a few E-Types either

No BMWs or VWs but as you’d expect on the French riviera they have a Selection Committee to weed out the riff raff.

Day 403 – Monday 15th April 2019

A beautiful day. At lunch time we walked along the beach to Port Grimaud.

Walking along the beach from Les Mûres to Port Grimaud you have to pass the Prairies de la Mer village resort.

Prairies de la Mer

Prairies de la Mer is the business. Right on the beach it has about 5 restaurants, a few bars, a shopping complex, children’s entertainment, a huge swimming pool, tennis courts; chockablock with Germans though.

Port Grimaud

I wanted to find a restaurant to eat at for Julie’s birthday on Saturday but none of the 9 or 10 restaurants in the village have anything other than pizza for a vegetarian.

Day 404 – Tuesday 16th April 2019

Woke to the sound of rain on the roof. It didn’t rain for long, had a lazy day, finished off season 3 of Game of thrones.

Day 405 – Wednesday 17th April 2019

The sun is back!!!

We hopped on Zippy and sped to Grimaud.

Grimaud is a fabulous little village set back 5 or 6 miles from the coast; it’s nice and quiet up there. I suspect most of the properties are 2nd homes but it is not commercialised to death. I’d certainly live there.

Peaceful Grimaud

Grimaud from the town’s ruined castle

On the way back we dropped into Cogolin. The ride into the town through the wooded countryside with the sunshine breaking through the trees was fabulous. Cogolin itself is a typical rural French town, not a lot going on but very well looked after.

Came across a pipe maker, it was like stepping back in time

They had literally thousands upon thousands of pipes in their shop, The lady told me they sell to collectors all over the world. Strange world!

Day 406 – Thursday 18th April 2019

A lovely sunny day.

Cfor hiding in the bushes

After lunch we took Zippy into Sainte-Maxime.

Sainte-Maxime

We rounded off the day with a visit to Pointe des Sardinaux a few miles further along the coast.

Pointe des Sardinaux

We’ve really enjoyed being back around St Tropez, the traffic on the coast is just as bad as Antibes & Nice but away from the coast it’s just fabulous France.

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