Monthly Archives: June 2016

Dinner En Pleine Air

Picture a starry night and tiny fragile tables for two hanging over the cobbles of a steep winding street before small cavern-like rooms. Candle light, tablecloths, fresh flowers and the murmur of conversation. It was hard to choose one of … Continue reading

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Today we started our new French logbook with the journey from Ste Maxime to Cannes. It was an early start and by seven thirty we were following the buoyed channel out of the harbour. This was partly to avoid the … Continue reading

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St Tropez at Last

The waterbus to St Tropez performs a rapid shuttle service, which thankfully we missed when maneuvering in the harbour. So soon we were roaring back out of the mouth and across the bay sitting on the top deck. It was … Continue reading

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Ste Maxime

When John phoned up St Tropez they told him they did not take bookings, but if we arrived early there should not be a problem. This meant either arriving just before lunch at around eleven thirty or just after it … Continue reading

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On the Beach

As we are in the routine of waking up early we headed off to do some shopping before hitting the beach. First to the chandlery to buy some new mooring ropes, particularly a thin one for if we encounter any … Continue reading

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Bormes les Mimosas

Our master plan was to make a swift passage along the French coast before the season really was underway, so it would be less expensive and so that we would be able to book into the busy marinas. Our delays … Continue reading

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In the marina reception at Bandol is a print of a poster dating from before the War. It is of the style of the old tourist illustrations by the likes of Graham Sutherland and John Piper, when they needed to … Continue reading

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Farewell to Provence

We set out this morning into flat calm, with a little haze hanging onto the horizon, but with the hills much clearer that before. Hoping this time the mist would clear we set out, reached the separation zone into Marseilles … Continue reading

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A Little Night Music

We are sitting in the shadows on the back of Lyra in the evening dark sipping our tumblers of chilled wine. The night is still and the swallows have left, abandoning the insects to the bats. Earlier in the evening … Continue reading

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A Lazy Day in Provence

Today was Sunday and with no plans to move we took it easy and had a wicked breakfast at the patisserie again. In order to walk it off we set off along the promenade heading towards Marseilles. Even though it … Continue reading

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