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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice July 6th 2022

TOUR 3 – La France – WED, 06 JUL 2022 – “Day 12: FRENCH RIVIERA - FRENCH RIVIERA Free day. (B); ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME on the French Riviera with an excursion to Saint-Paul de Vence. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.” Uncle Larry’s Note: Uncle Larry hit it big and took Monte Carlo for 15.30 Euros, about $15.00.... read more
Optional Drive to Monaco with Dinner and Free Time in Monte Carlo
Optional Drive to Monaco with Dinner and Free Time in Monte Carlo
Optional Drive to Monaco with Dinner and Free Time in Monte Carlo

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice July 5th 2022

TOUR 3 – La France – TUE, 05 JUL 2022 – “Day 11: AIX-EN-PROVENCE–GRASSE–FRENCH RIVIERA - GRASSE Visit the Fragonard Usine Historique. Scenic drive along the Mediterranean coast; NICE Drive along the Promenade des Anglais. (B); 130 mi / 210 km” Uncle Larry’s Note: When I learned that fragrances only last for single digit years, I decided that, when I get home, I WILL toss the English Leather I bought in high school. I tried several samples but settled for L'Aventurier (The Adventurer) because it smells good on me and because its name is quite descriptive.... read more
Along the Mediterranean Coast – Southern France
Along the Mediterranean Coast – Southern France
Tour of the Fragonard Parfumeur (Perfumery) – Grasse, France

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice June 14th 2022

I had to take the train back to Milan’s central train station to pick up my luggage. I thought I was heading into a new direction towards France but my train went through Pavia, where I started the morning. Milan’s central train station is a beast when you hit it the first time when you are uncertain of where to go. Few staff are helpful. Travel tips: the left luggage office is TWO levels below the train platforms, and it is expensive, nearly 30 Euros for two days for a medium size bag. Don’t ask older police for directions, wait for the younger ones who come to spot check your passport, they speak better English. Platforms are listed late so don’t hang under the departure signs any more than 15 minutes before train is scheduled to ... read more
Feels like a holiday
The beach
Nice fountain where buddy is frolicking with animals

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice May 13th 2022

I have jumped from Monday to Thursday, as Ken spent Tus-Thurs exploring Nice, Villafranche and just wandering the wonderful area. By the time I got here he had had an average of 20k steps per day! I was going to have a nice dinner with Ken once I arrived at 9p on Thursday, but due to delays due to air traffic, so by the time I exited it was 1020p, so it was a bit of a slow start to my part of the trip. On Friday, we woke to the daily church bells at 8a from Notre-Dame next door, no way to sleep through those! The day was sunny and beautiful but Ken said it was the least nice day he had since arriving. We grabbed a coffee at the small café next door, and ... read more
Fab Bike Path
Cool Alleys in Villafranche
Villafranche

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice May 10th 2022

After a wait of 2 years, Ken and I are finally doing our Provence trip. I know quite a few are experiencing this as well, all due to a little thing called Covid. We were supposed to do the trip 2 years ago May, and at the point it got cancelled, we, like so many others thought, no problem, we will just go in the Fall. Looking back, none of us had a clue that 2 years later we would be just starting to get back to whatever normal is. Masks, while used pre-Covid in Asia, are now just part of our lives, Covid vax’s will most likely continue and hand-washing should be now at the forefront of everyone’s minds regardless of the virus. This will be our 5th Backroads trip and Provence has always been ... read more
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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice October 3rd 2021

Moustiers turned out to be a pretty village clinging to the side of a tall limestone cliff. A rushing stream runs right through the middle of the village, dividing it into two parts that are joined by two or three bridges. Above there are two tokens of religious fervour: a chapel perched on a rock perhaps 100 m above the village, and a gold metal star hung from a chain that spans the gap the stream has carved in the cliffside! I climbed up to the chapel, just because I wasn't already tired enough after 66 km of riding. The next day we embarked on the challenge of the Gorges du Verdon. The ride actually started with a long descent from Moustiers to the point where the river emerges from the gorge, to feed a hydro ... read more
Gorges du Verdon
The upper Verdon
Arrivés à Nice!

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice September 19th 2021

It is our last day in Nice. We pack and we decide to head to Parc Phoenix. We have passed the Parc several times and decide it would be a nice easy thing to do on our last day. It is a Parc with different gardens located in a large hot house. There are also outdoor gardens with many different kinds of plants that I have never seen before. They also have various fish and some animals like miniature horses, goats,, lemurs, ovistitis (monkeys from Brazil), otters, wallabies, pigs, peacocks, alligators and unusual chickens. They have an outdoor cafe and picnic tables. It is quiet no schools groups today. Included in admission to the Parc is entrance to Asian Art Museum which is located inside Parc Phoenix. We go ahead and visit the museum since it ... read more
They have birds here
Old warrior outfit
Goodbye Nice

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice September 8th 2021

We arrived in Nice by train from Paris. We took a taxi to our Airbnb. Our landlord was waiting for us. Our apartment is on the ninth floor of a building overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The unit has one bedroom, a toilet with sink room and a room with a shower and sink. The living room and kitchen face the sea and we have a balcony with a table and chairs. The first order of business is to shop at the grocery store right next to our building. We buy cereal, milk, fruit, bread, cheeses and wine. There is a boulangerie (bakery) just a few doors down where I buy chocolate and raisin croissants for breakfast. There is a long promenade all around the bay and we walk the entire length. There are two lanes just ... read more
Beautiful fountain
I Love Nice
Roman ruins

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice October 18th 2019

Time to leave our lovely Nice. The holiday within the holiday. The tram system has made a huge difference to the city...very efficient with one arriving every three minutes. Jean Medecin with it's beautiful shops with beautiful prices (way too much for us)! Fantastic beaches, charm of the oldtown history, flowers, fruit & veg markets, easy access & frequency to the outer regions by bus or train.....Antibes, Cannes, Biot, Cagnes sur Mer, Grasse, St Paul du Vence, Vence, Entrevaux, Villefranche, Saint Jean cap Ferrat, Beaulieu, Monaco, and Menton on the Ventimigllia border to Italy. Tram to the airport...still no hold luggage so straight to Departure Security with our online boarding passes. Moving the whole time between EU countries, so no checks on arrival, just as you depart. Cuts at least 2 hours off the trip & ... read more
Lunch spot in Rome
Florence

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice October 15th 2019

Rain & thunder...we've been so lucky with the weather! Ventured out in what we thought was in between & got caught in a huge downpour! Paying special attention now to what the locals are wearing. Afternoon eased off enough for a walk into Ville Veux (oldtown) & Jean Medecin. ... read more
Kiwi
Eglise Sainte Jeanne d'Arc
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