Sunday, August 9, 2015

POSTCARDS FROM FRANCE





Along The Côte d´Azure


While visiting Nice and Provence last September with The Quimper Club International, here if you missed the post, we did some day tripping. We love to explore smaller towns away from the tourism of big cities and get a feel for life as the locals live it. One place you don’t want to be is anywhere along the Mediterranean during August and early September, it is where you will find most of the vacationing French! It does get a little crowded. We saw the end of the season being there in mid-September. After our trip to Nice we drove to Paris and the roads were full of little campers returning home. Jammed traffic and congestion. But, that was alright, I was on my way to Paris!
Here are a few photos for you of the beautiful towns of Villefranche Sur Mer and Antibes.






Villefranche Sur Mer 


Public transportation, the metro, trains, trams, and buses makes it easy to travel through France and navigate cities. Fast trains from Nice to Monaco (we did this on our last visit to Nice), the TGV gets you there really quick with no stops, then there are the local and slower trains that stop in every little town. 










The train platform is up these stairs and walking down was fine.  We took the bus back thank goodness and didn’t have to walk back up. Busses have their drop-off and pick-up spots marked on the streets which makes it easy. Here you really see the locals coming and going and they are very helpful if you need directions.







Beautiful scenery in every direction








Shops full of treasures to take back as souvenirs















Antibes 


On another day we decided to go to this very “hot spot” resort on the Riviera! Loved by tourists and all who visit here. Jim and I didn’t get to visit here on a previous trip but my friend Sarah, bloggers know her from "Hyacinths for the Soul" had. So we decided to go for the day. There was a market this day and what a treat that was. 








Quimper and French faience









Music and the beat of drums signal a town parade




After a lot of looking and shopping we were ready for a light lunch.





A beautiful setting for lunch with a special blogging friend.



After lunch we walked through town to the Harbor






















The Musée Picasso was a must see. Located in the old port of Antibes, what was formerly Château Grimaldi. It is built on the foundation of the ancient Greek town of Antipolis.



The old port and buildings of old town make a beautiful backdrop for a wedding.




The bride was lovely







Sarah enjoying the view




So, time to get back to the train station and back to Nice. A beautiful day and new adventure for me.






A wonderful day and two tired gals!



Hope you enjoyed a look back to the Côte d Azure with me. I will be posting my Paris photos next so please stop by.
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