Day 24, Thursday 23rd June – Monaco!

So the day has arrived for our daytrip to Monaco.  I couldn’t be more excited!  I put on a dress and some nice earrings with a matching necklace and sandals instead of flip flops – just in case you know?!  I even took a proper handbag….  (none of it was needed unfortunately).

We headed back up the coast road to Cannes to pick the motorway up there, instead of going back on ourselves to Frejus.  Unfortunately there was a road closed just before the motorway junction (presumably for an accident) which delayed us somewhat.

This section of the motorway itself has some amazing views; at times it’s a series of viaducts and tunnels hewn out of the rock!  The football stadium at Nice is quite impressive and stands right next to the motorway.

Once off the motorway we’re headed into Monaco.  We had no idea what to expect really, our only view on Monaco coming from the Grand Prix coverage 🙂 We covered most of the ground looking for somewhere to park, and ended up in the Grimaldi Forum, just before the beaches.  Opposite are the car showrooms.  We’re not talking Volkswagen and Renault here – think more Bently, McLaren, Ferrari; there might even have been Maserati or Lamborghini!! Continue reading “Day 24, Thursday 23rd June – Monaco!”

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Day 23, Wednesday 22nd June. Beach and the Massif

Time for a bit of an actual holiday today – meaning we did very little.  (The image above is of the baby swifts as I don’t think we took any photos on the camera – and I still can’t get any of my phone photos to back up).

We’re finding it a struggle to be ready to leave the van before 11am as we’re so chilled out now.  This morning (what was left of it) we chose to head down to Agay beach.

By the time we’d found a parking space and parked up time was already getting on.  We went for a bit of a wander and found a place where you could hire kayaks, paddle boards, windsurfers etc.  We didn’t bring our kayak, so knowing we can hire 1 for a reasonable price is good – thinking we’ll do that on Friday. Continue reading “Day 23, Wednesday 22nd June. Beach and the Massif”

Day 22, Tuesday 21st June – Cannes & Antibes

I forgot to mention that we had another wander around the site last night (even though we now knew just how steep it is – it’s actually steeper the more you explore!)  We were looking for the ranch that we’ve noticed on the site map – yay, perhaps I can go riding 🙂  Only we couldn’t find it 😦

We decided to go to Cannes today on the coast road (difficult to get lost when following the coast road so perfect for us then…)

The views are amazing – blue skies, sparkling azure seas, towering red cliffs and the railway running along by the road or directly over the sea, with it’s own viaducts or tunnels blasted through the mountains. Continue reading “Day 22, Tuesday 21st June – Cannes & Antibes”

Days 20 & 21, 19th & 20th June. Relaxing..

We’ve travelled around quite a lot on this trip, and even when at a site we’ve been out and about most of the time.  So we’re going to just have a couple of days of chilling.

Day 20 is Sunday. Having been disappointed on arriving at this site yesterday we woke to the sunshine this morning and had a little walk around.  The public areas (pool, bar, shop) are actually really nice and we’re both feeling rather better.  I think we’ve both decided to stop thinking about moving and stay where we are.  The view’s beautiful too!

Although the menu in the restaurant doesn’t look too bad they only take cash (bit weird); as we have a special card which gives us the best exchange rate I prefer to use this anywhere where we might be spending a little more, except where you perhaps wouldn’t expect them to take cards.  This means we won’t be trying the restaurant.  We’re both a little bemused as to why they would have this policy in a place like this (it really isn’t small!) Continue reading “Days 20 & 21, 19th & 20th June. Relaxing..”

Days 17-19, 16th-18th June. Beach and moving days

Day 17, 16th June, started out sunny so we decided to go to the beach. I actually wanted to sit by the pool, but Calv wanted to cycle to the beach. He rarely states an opinion so when he does then that’s what we do! Even if I didn’t really like the look of parts of the cycle path (being on a busy road..) After a half enjoyable, half not, ride (on my part anyways) we arrived to find the market in full swing. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it but markets aren’t really my thing, and it stood between us and the beach!

We had to go round a few back roads to make it to the front (because the market was busy and I would probably have run someone over..!) It was pleasant enough, but the water was COLD. Continue reading “Days 17-19, 16th-18th June. Beach and moving days”

Day 16, Wednesday 15th June – Barcelona!

Firstly, apologies for being so behind, and apologies that there are no photos (for the moment).  The Wifi here, although free, is problematic (no doubt why it’s free…)

Today we got up at 6.15am (yes, 6.15am. Okay, no we didn’t – we TRIED to get up at 6.15, but didn’t manage to get up until 6.45; still stupidly early in our current life!)  We left the campsite before 7.30am for the 120 odd miles to Barcelona. We’d already identified where we were going to park (the Estacion Nord) and put the route into the hands of the SatNav (not always the best idea actually..)

After a pretty uneventful drive we made it to Barcelona.  The motorbike riders in this city are kamikaze!!  Continue reading “Day 16, Wednesday 15th June – Barcelona!”

Day 15 – Tuesday 14th June 2016. Barcelona??

Well, yes, we were meant to be going to Barcelona today. We had train tickets booked. We got to the station and parked in plenty of time. Avoided getting run over by the policeman, who was so pleased not to have scraped his car against the wall he was parked beside that he didn’t look to see if anyone was coming… and made it into the ticket hall. On checking the departure boards we couldn’t see our train, only 1 at 11.15 (ours was meant to be leaving at 10am, and we were booked on the 18.30 coming back). So we went and asked someone (not a policeman..)

Train cancelled – but you can use your ticket for the 11.15…. Continue reading “Day 15 – Tuesday 14th June 2016. Barcelona??”