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Ainslie Waldron

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Jul 23rd

Feeling like Princess Grace on the French Riviera

After our lovely mountain home in the village of Rocca Di Mezzo (not to be confused with THAT other mountain cottage which I will write more about in August), we took a short flight to Nice in the Cote D’Azur.

We are very happy with our little apartment overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  There were, initially, a few glitches with internet connections, but a very helpful downstairs neighbor sorted everything out for us on behalf of our home exchange hosts.  We also have our host’s luxury large Peugeot car, to meander along the coastline in.  It comes with a car park, which is terrific, because car parks are like precious diamonds, in this part of the world.

Location, location, location!  This is an amazing place.

I have never seen so many private jets as are parked in Nice airport.  Row upon row upon row, they seem never ending. 

Jets are not the only thing in multitudes on the French Riviera.  There are numerous yachts and super yachts all along the coastline.

There is so much to see in the Cote D’Azur. 

We have hit the highest temperatures in France for 30 years, so we are feeling the heat but enjoying it too. 

The Nice Jazz Festival has been on during our time here.  Highlights for me were seeing Jamie Cullen and Kool and the Gang.  Amazingly, and unexpectedly for me, the number one highlight was the Sunday morning session when the London Community Gospel Choir performed.  They sang and danced and had the entire audience up and swaying.  Such great talent.  They can be found at 

If you ever have the opportunity to see them, please take it.  Their voices and instrumentals are amazing, and their on-stage energy and vitality has to be seen to be believed.

On a few occasions we have visited the nearby mountaintop village of Eze.  It is a village built high on a mountaintop, overlooking the sea. It has a hotel and numerous tourist shops built into the rock.  A bit of a climb, but definitely well worth it for the experience of the views and the unusual location.

We have driven to Cannes, and stood on the famous red carpet outside the cinema where they have the Cannes Film Festival.  Which film star would I have been?  Vacations do allow lots of dreaming which is wonderful!

We have driven those coastal windy roads and visited Monaco, Antibes, Monte Carlo, (and others, so many famous places I can not remember them all) and over the border to San Remo in Italy,

Sitting in roadside cafes, eating French breads and cheeses, drinking French wines,  and absorbing that amazing outdoor lifestyle have added to the magnificent ambience which is the Cote D’Azur.

We spent our last full day in France, in Paris, walking round all of the famous sights.  We packed so much into the full day.

It was Bastille Day so there re were lots of celebrations happening.  Of course we visited the Louvre, the Champs Elysees, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc De Triumph!  Such a terrific atmosphere everywhere. Photo is of me drinking champagne cocktails and eating escargot (snails) on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

Vive La France!




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