Nice – Dogs

Nice – Dogs

The French have a national obsession.. with dogs.A Frenchman owns a dog much the same as anybody else would own a car, he buys it from new or secondhand, drives it around for a little showing it off. This is the French way. I have included this picture of a classical French dog and pose. When visiting French parks, especially city parks, you will becomes aware of just how important the social role of the dog, A canine represenative is…

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Nice – La Pietonnerre

Nice – La Pietonnerre

After little wandering between beach and hotel, have stumbled apon this Pitonnere area place, all narrow and magical, authentic window boxes, french smells, bohemian style town houses, and dog poo. The real France..

Nice – Nice Arrival

Nice – Nice Arrival

After strenous previous days travelling around, found a cheap hotel 52e per night up by station area. Nice was one of those cities to which I took an instant liking. The people and place, attitudes of the big city refreshing after wandering outback D’azur. I have 5 days before I fly back to England, plenty of time to explore the city, kick back and relax.

St. Tropez – Boat trip

St. Tropez – Boat trip

Took a little time to write up some blogs whilst waiting for the bus, Croque Monsueir in hand. As with many things continental, bus timetables cannot be relied apon, and my maticulous timing in finishing my mid morning snack had not co-ordinated with the real arrival and departure times of the bus to St. Raphel. Taking this as a glitch to add another few travel hours, I decided rather than hang around I might be able to catch the bus…

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St. Tropez

St. Tropez

St. Tropez renowned playground of the rich, famous, Bridget Bardot and Harry Seycombe, liggers and hangers alike gather to bask in St. Tropezs’ opulent reputation. The port areas yachts intimidate the promenade as you walk along the sea front. My hotel cost 121e per night so I decided only to stay for one night. Spent a little time walking around designer boutiques and amongst exclusive galleries, between the beautiful people and their well dressed children. For those with enough money…

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Cassis – Vive le France

Cassis – Vive le France

Have realised in Cass the importance of being French, where this is not possible, you will have difficulties. Things have changed in France since my last visit 4 years ago. Then the French would attempt to communicate in English where you make the effort. Obviously now it seems due to our diplomatic naughtiness, this is no longer the case. French must be spoken at all times. Underlying French attitudes have shifted in a similar direction. Cassis was not unfriendly as…

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Cassis

Cassis

Have left Nimes behind.Am now in Cote D’azur proper – Cassis, as in Crémé de Cassis. Just south of Marseille between the mountains and the sea. For those that don’t like the town of Marseille, don’t worry, the mountains have acted as barrier keeping out the smells of the city. Cassis Town Centre The town centre is focussed around a small port area which is surrounded by shops. I am staying in the hotel Centre Ville & at 71e per…

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Nimes Town

Nimes Town

Nimes is a town much like any other in France, Tours, Poitiers etc. French atmosphere and culture, plus, with Nimes, you get few historical sites thrown in for good measure. The Pont-du-Gare, is easily accessible from regular buses from Nimes, and due to its status as an UNESCO site, entry is free to most of the site. Nimes also has an amphitheatre which you can get in for 3e. They still hold concerts there. Nimes Town Nimes town itself has…

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Soz

Soz

Due to different circumstances beyond my control, this blog has been delayed. For this I apologise. Next blog I will know not to make the same mistakes twice.

Nimes – Cats

Nimes – Cats

Have been in Nimes for one day now. Am staying in the ‘Cat’ Hotel. Luckily there are no cats, nor signs that cats have been here, the place is clean and cheap. More later..