Together with our Australian friends ( woollysbarandgrill.com ) Michael and Sue, we watched a parade through the town to celebrate Epiphany of the Lord also known as Three kings day.
The adventure has started again! A bit earlier this time because some good friends of ours that we have made along the way have invited us to celebrate New Years in Spain. The plan is to spend two weeks in Peñíscola then across Spain via Córdoba and a few places that we missed in April 2016, then into Portugal but as we know, all plans are subject to change!
Historical town with lots of museums, parks and beaches to visit. In the marina are several super or mega yachts moored in a private area ranging from 100 million to 800 million euros!
A city located on the French Riviera and host city of the annual Cannes film festival and Cannes Lions international festival of creativity. The city is known for its association with the rich and famous, its luxury hotels and restaurants, and conferences. Cannes was also the host of the 2011 G20 summit.
A day trip on the Duke took us to the village of Eźe, an area first populated around 2000 BC. The village is described as an ‘eagles nest’ because of its location overlooking a high cliff 1401 ft above sea level. The walk to the citadel is through narrow stone streets with art stores along the way passing a Michelin starred restaurant where you can get a pigeon dinner for €97.
Next was Villefranche with one of the deepest natural harbours of any port in the Mediterranean Sea and provides safe anchorage for large ships from easterly winds. The bay is notable for reaching a significant depth of 1700 ft just one nautical mile from shore forming an abyss. Since the 1980’s Villfranche has been used by cruise liners and is the most visited cruise liner port of call in France.
After leaving Wim and Elly we met our other friend Michael, Sue and Gruby in Villeneuve-Loubet. A place where two old villages were joined together. Villeneuve was inland and Loubet on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea.
It was a great 4 weeks with Wim and Elly in Sisteron seeing some great places, eating some great food and having many debates ( excluding brexit! ). It’s goodbye mountains for now and hello beach.
Sometimes known as the “Gateway to Provence” because it is in a narrow gap between two long mountain ridges. During the French Revolution the town remained loyalists. Consequently, when Napoleon arrived on his March north after his escape from Elba in 1815, the town ignored him and let him through.
Perched high on the ridge is Sisteron citadel and is the most striking landmark in Haute Provence, overlooking the landscape 150km around. It dates back 8 centuries but was extensively damaged during the bombing of the town in 1944 and has now been restored.
At the edge of the pre alps is Digne-Les-Baines, the capital of the Alpes de Haut province department. Every Saturday is a market so we took the Duke for a ride. The market was the same as any other but what we didn’t know was that there was a children’s fair on at the same time. These fairs are fantastic with so many games and activities for the children to do. There were also 2 types of bands walking around and at one point they met up and done a song as one big group!
A group day out to Gorges du Verdon. All of us have been there before but it is one of the most beautiful places to visit with wild Griffon vultures soaring all around you. It is the deepest gorge in France up to 700 metres deep and 25km long!