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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Week 57

Day 393 – Friday 4th April 2019

A lovely day so we hopped on Zippy and rode into Nice to have a picnic lunch. Apart from the seafront Nice has some great parks and gardens where you can sit and watch the world go by.

Fontaine Miroir d’eau on the Prom du Paillon

Fontaine du Soleil

The flower market in Nice

the blue chairs on the Promenade des Anglais have been a feature since the 1950s

Difficult to fall asleep in though.

When aircraft approach Nice airport from the east they fly in off the Cap de Nice and banking to port they head straight for Le Negresco hotel turning just a couple on hundred yards before the beach.

Le Negresco, a great place for plane spotting but probably not so great for a lie-in

Day 394 – Saturday 5th April 2019

A cold overcast day. Binged watched Game of Thrones season 1. Fabulous 😀

Day 395 – Sunday 6th April 2019

The sun was out this morning and Cfor had a visitor!

This was a very friendly cat and Cfor wasn’t the least bit upset in his company.

A lazy morning and a lazy afternoon.

Had a walk to the Baie des Anges to look at how the other half sail

Later we got a new neighbour…

A German in a shed!

Day 396 – Monday 7th April 2019

A beautiful morning, went to Cap d’Antibes and ate our lunch overlooking the sea.

Cap d’Antibes

Day 397 – Tuesday 8th April 2019

Another beautiful sunny day. We hopped on Zippy and went for a wander and picnic at Cap Ferrat.

Like Nice, Antibes & Juan-les-Pins Cap Ferrat has an annual jazz festival

Plage des Fosses

I doubt you’d be able to buy even a very modest house on Cap Ferrat for less than a million or two. It’s one of these places where the swankier the house the more likely it is to be all shuttered up. I guess if people can afford £20m for a holiday home on the French riviera they’ve probably got quite a few homes around the world. I dare say there are even people who own a posh house on Cap Ferrat who also have an apartment 10 miles down the road in Monaco.

The German and his shed left this morning.

Day 398 – Wednesday 9th April 2019

An overcast start to the day and it was cold. After lunch we went for a nose around Biot.

They were doing pavement in this square this time last year.

Day 399 – Thursday 10th April 2019

Another cold morning then it started to rain. Finished off watching season 2 of Game of Thrones.

I see Theresa May has just got a 6 month extension on the Brexit negotiations and the first thing MPs have done is go on 2 weeks holiday citing Brexit fatigue. What a bunch of twats.

In what industry could there be such a major crisis and everyone goes on two weeks fuckin’ holiday? I think everyone in the UK should ring in work sick tomorrow citing the same. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander; the people should only work when MPs do.

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Week 56

Day 386 – Friday 29th March 2019

A beautiful sunny day; to Antibes for a picnic lunch.

Since last year they’ve removed all the raised planters that people could sit on to eat their picnics from the Place Nationale; I don’t think they’ll be happy until the entire square is filled with restaurant tables. Luckily they haven’t yet found a way to engineer away the steps at the foot of the column so we ate have our picnic in the sun there.

the Place Nationale

Then we had a ride out to the Plage de la Garoupe on the Cap d’Antibes.

Plage de la Garoupe

Most of the Plage de la Garoupe is private belonging to two ridiculously expensive restaurants but there is a small public section of beach near to the cheaper restaurant. This is the Cap d’Antibes so cheap is a relative term, omelette, chips and a drink will still cost you north of €20 each.

we had a little walk along the Sentier du Littoral. The whole route takes a couple of hours so that’s for another day.

On the way back we stopped to look at the view of Antibes from La Salis. Claude Monet did a series of paintings of the view of Antibes from the Cap.

Claude Monet 1888 Antibes Seen from the Plateau Notre-Dame

My impression of Antibes from La Salis

Today was supposed to be the UK’s last day in the EU but Theresa May has completely cocked things up.

Day 387 – Saturday 30th March 2019

Lovely sunny day. I went back to Cap d’Antibes on Zippy for a good explore. Managed to find a route to the Phare

Antibes from the Phare.

Found a few roads that lead down to the coast and will give those a try later in the week.

In the afternoon we had lunch with our Norwegian friend Eirin and got mildly sozzled in the sun.

Day 388 – Sunday 31th March 2019

Glorious sunny day; into Antibes for lunch at Les Pimms.

Les Pimms

There were some protesting vegans outside the restaurant. I didn’t know there were any in France! I went over for a chat and they told me off for eating cheese!

It’s hard enough eating in France if you are a vegetarian it must be next to impossible if you are vegan.

After lunch we had a ride to the phare on Cap d’Antibes so Julie could enjoy the view.

Day 389 – Monday 1st April 2019

A milky sky this morning. Julie has a bit of a sore throat so I am going to walk the Sentier du Littoral on the Cap d’Antibes starting and finishing at Plage de la Garoupe.

There’s a fluther of jellyfish at Plage de la Garoupe this morning

The walk is a mix of nicely constructed pathways and steps and rough boulders and ground.

It was quite busy but there were plenty of places to stop and let other walkers disappear.

It took about a leisurely 2 hours to do the circuit.

The southernmost part of the Cap. Can’t walk along the coast to it as it’s all private villas

The end of the coastal walk, the Bay of Antibes Billionaires

All in all a great little walk with plenty of places to stop and have a quiet lunch.

Day 390 – Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Another milky start to the day. Spent the day eating, drinking and playing cards with Eirin 😀

Day 391 – Wednesday 3rd April 2019

It rained on and off all day and it was cold all day. Like a summer’s day in Manchester 😀

Day 392 – Thursday 4th April 2019

Cold start to the day. It absolutely bucketed it down last night. Went for a ride on Zippy this afternoon.

The sun came out and I had a great ride along the coast.

 

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Week 55

Day 379 – Friday 22nd March 2019

A beautiful sunny day in Villeneuve-les-Beziers, we packed up and set off for Aix-en-Provence. It was just a two hour drive and there were no problems on the journey so we were settled into our new pitch by lunchtime.

After lunch we hopped on Zippy and went for a nose around Aix town centre.

Aix-en-Provence

Aix has changed a lot since I first drove through the town enroute to the south of France about 30 years ago. Then I just glanced the Fontaine de la Rotonde as we sped through. Nowadays there’s no speeding through Aix as the town centre has a ton of traffic calming and stripped of nearly all traffic the centre of Aix is a beautiful old French town.

The posh part of the town centre is the Cours Mirabeau

The Fontaine de la Rotonde at the end of the Cours Mirabeau

Day 380 – Saturday 23rd March 2019

Yet another beautiful sunny day. Into Aix to visit the market which stretches the whole length of Cours Mirabeau.

The Saturday Market in Aix-en-Provence

Day 381 – Sunday 24th March 2019

A sunny day and a very lazy day.

We had a little picnic in a local park.

Back at the campsite I had a lovely sleep in the sun 😀

Day 382 – Monday 25th March 2019

Another sunny day. Packed up and set off for Antibes. It was just a quick 2 hour journey on the toll road, uneventful apart from some bloody Spanish lorry driver trying to take our wing mirror off at a toll station!

Booking into the campsite in Antibes wasn’t as difficult as it usually is. I think the woman behind reception must have taken her happy pills today.

After just over 10 weeks of travelling all the way from Praia de Luz we are on the French riviera until the end of May and the idea is to completely relax so if I do anything other than eat, drink, sit in the sun or go for a spin on Zippy then I will have failed in my mission.

Went for a spin on Zippy to the old part of Antibes.

Day 383 – Tuesday 26th March 2019

It rained a little around 6am but it was a nice enough morning if a little breezy. and the sun eventually came out. Bought some new chairs to relax/sleep in then gave them a bloody good soak test.

Day 384 – Wednesday 27th March 2019

An overcast start to the day but the sun soon came out. Off for a spin on Zippy to Cap Ferrat.

The traffic in Nice town centre is a bit of a pain in the arse; the fact they are always doing roadworks and always doing up the old port doesn’t help but outside of Nice the ride along the coast is great.

Cap Ferrat peninsular from Eze

We struggled to find the coast in Cap Ferrat; most of the peninsular is covered with expensive looking private villas with fuck off walls & security but eventually we found a little road that led down to the town of Saint-Jean.

Saint-Jean, sleepy during the day

We had lunch on the Sentier Littoral, the coastside path which allows you to walk most of the peninsular.

Charlie Chaplin and David Niven lived here; I never knew either of them were that way inclined!

Now we have a better idea of how to get around the peninsular we’ll have to come back for a proper explore.

Villefranche-sur-Mer from Cap Ferrat

Day 385 – Thursday 28th March 2019

A sunny start to the day. Had a lazy day sitting in the sun. Got pulled over by the French police for using Zippy in a cycle lane. Thankfully one of them spoke English and he wasn’t looking to hand out a ticket. Apart from telling me unlike Italy in France cycle lanes were for bicycles only they also told me it’s compulsory to wear gloves when riding a motorbike in France.

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Week 54

Day 372 – Friday 15th March 2019

A beautiful sunny day. A little tired after walking round Barca yesterday and I’m nowhere near fully recovered from my illness so had a lazy day sat reading and sleeping in the sun.

The most I managed today was a walk along the beach after lunch.

The beach just outside Barcelona

I think I have perfected the art of sleeping in the sun like a proper old codger; like the ones you see down on the front at Eastbourne. You have to get really well wrapped up against the wind and get settled in a comfortable spot in the full sun. Pretty soon you’ll start to bake and after an hour or so it’s next to impossible to move, it’s like you’ve been nailed to the chair 😀

Day 373 – Saturday 16th March 2019

A lovely start to the day and it turned into a scorcher. Packed up and off to Camping Aquarius which is just a few miles from the French border.

Camping Aquarius is German owned and as you’d expect it is a very good site.

This is the Bay of Roses; named not after the plant but after the local town of Roses.

Day 374 – Sunday 17th March 2019

A sunny day.

Went to the local town of Roses which had a very French feel and reminded both of us of Sainte-Maxime just across the bay from St Tropez.

I’m undecided about Julie’s new look

Day 375 – Monday 18th March 2019

It blew a gale last night and it’s still very windy this morning.

this past week wind in one form or another has been the bane of my life

My weather app says it is currently blowing at 60 mph and isn’t going to calm down until tomorrow. Not really the kind of weather I want to take a motorhome across the Pyrenees in so we’re going to have an extra day in Spain.

Cfor is more than happy to have an extra day in Spain

Day 376 – Tuesday 19th March 2019

A sunny intervals day but more importantly there is a break in the wind until just after lunch. Up early and off to France before 8am.

It was October 9th, Day 215 of my retirement when we left Biarritz in France  for Spain; 161 days ago. Far too long ago imho.

Decided  to use the toll roads down to Béziers; a lot less fuckin’ about than the A roads. The trip over the Pyrenees wasn’t high altitude at all and we were soon at the campsite just outside Béziers.

Coming off the toll road in France the machine wouldn’t accept my ticket. I had to speak to the attendant and she asked where I’d got on so cracked on I had no idea where I’d got on but it wasn’t far away, they ended up only charging me €7. That’s a great result and I might get a magnet to mess with all my toll tickets in future.

The campsite in Villeneuve-lès-Béziers is not 20m from the Canal du Midi.

think this is a muskrat, anyway there’s a family of them here and they hang around the ducks to steal bread

Once settled in we had a walk around the local town.

No one does pretty old towns and villages like the French.

Day 377 – Wednesday 20th March 2019

A beautiful sunny morning but a quite cold start to the day. We hopped on Zippy and drove towards Béziers parking up by the side of the Canal du Midi then had a stroll into town.

Canal du Midi

Béziers is one of France’s oldest towns and the walk through the old winding streets to the cathedral was fabulous.

Cathédrale Saint-Nazaire-et-Saint-Celse de Béziers

After a gander round the town we walked on to Les 9 écluses de Fonseranes.

Les 9 écluses de Fonseranes, a UNESCO World Heritage site. If this was Spain you’d have to pay €10 to look at this.

Canard du Midi

Day 378 – Thursday 21st March 2019

A sunny but cold start to the day but later in the afternoon it was proper scorchio. We hopped on Zippy and motored to the coast.

Valras-Plage is a typical French holiday town, it has a harbour, a great beach and plenty of eateries.

and like a lot of French tourist towns spring means lots of public works pedestrianising the place to make it more people friendly.

After scoffing our sarnies and sitting in the sun for a while we headed to Sérignan just inland on the river Orb.

Sérignan, a typically pretty little French town

The Marie of Sérignan is pleased to advertise the 1000+ free parking places in the town. Something you’re unlikely to ever see anywhere in the UK

Tomorrow we head further east and hope to stop in Aix-en-Provence for a few days before settling in Antibes for a few weeks while the Brexit shitshow settles down.

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