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Last of the Summer Wine

sunny 23 °C

Summer lingers longer on the Cotes d'azure in the South of France and we were lucky to enjoy the warm seas, spectacular vistas and sunny skies that this part of the world is renowned for...
The palm-treed beachfront promenades of Cannes are packed with visitors from around the world in summer, but most have gone now and the locals get to enjoy a leisurely afternoon stroll...
The real heat of the Mediterranean sun has gone, along with the mega-rich owners of the many super-yachts and fancy villas that litter the hillsides along the coast. Some of the hotels and restaurants have already shut up shop for the winter but temperatures in the mid-20s have brought out the sunbeds and filled the remaining beach bars and restaurants, (although it took us a couple of hours to get lunch in one place). A modern five-masted cruise liner sits off the coast while people still enjoy a dip...
However, the coastal roads that can be a total nightmare in summer are at least navigable once the masses have gone...
Although the road traffic may have lessened, the Port of Cannes is still full of the yachts of the rich and famous...
And the castle that has been a beacon to sailors for centuries still stands sentinel over the ancient harbour that was just a haven for a few sardine fishing boats before it was transformed into one of the world's most fashionable haunts of the glitterati...
We are now refreshed and relaxed after a family holiday and are briefly back in England to enjoy a typical autumn day – maybe the rain will stop later! Tomorrow we head back south to the sunny Aegean island of Rhodes. We hope you can join us there in a day or so.
Au revoir from France.

Posted by Hawkson 05:41 Archived in France

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Thanks for these photos - I doubt that we will ever get to Cannes. Love the old castles.

by Janet

What a bizarre ship--5 masted, modern? Is this like a hybrid car--run on air instead of diesel fuel?
Few very expensive motorcycles/scooters in front of that restaurant. Most BMWs I think.

by R and B

Ah the sunshine and warmth. Rain, falling leaves and moments of summer remain in Vancouver. Glad you caught the warmth of sunshine and saw family. Looking forward to the next instalment.

by Sue Fitzwilson

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