South of France

Trip Start Jan 03, 2008
Trip End Dec 17, 2008

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Flag of France  , Provence,
Monday, May 26, 2008

The house in Megeve was another fantastic distinctive holiday home property. Our concierge there was Juliet who was about my age and had two little boys. Cam and Sam (her 7 year old) hit it off immediately and they even lived next door! Juliette's husband Fred is a rugby player so we obviously had to get them over for drinks so Spud could talk rugby again!
Megeve is a ski resort and everything shuts down when the snow goes, so there was not much in shopping to be done. It was also very expensive! Grant and I walked into the village for a drink one afternoon and had 3 beers each, not even big beers and we paid $48 Euro! $16 NZ dollars per beer each, you would think there must have been gold in them...needless to say we did not venture out again from the property for drinks and just took advantage to the free stuff at the house!
Apart from one afternoon of sunshine, the weather in the mountains was foggy and damp. A great excuse for Cam and Jordan to stay inside and watch TV and DVD's!
Then we undertook a massive 500k journey in the camper traveling at about 85km per hour down to the beach. We left Megeve and the temperature was 9 degrees, but eight hours later and 500km south the weather had changed to a beautiful 27 degrees...We headed for Le Faviere at Bormes-les-Mimosas, which is about 30km East of Toulon and 50km West of St Tropez. Our campsite has direct access to the beach and we are just 10 steps away from that access. I think the lady at reception really liked the fact we were from NZ and gave us an amazing spot.
The French national jet boating championships were on while we were here right outside our campsite. Grant and I pulled our chairs onto the roof of the camper and had superb views of the racing until the wind and rain came and chased us back to safer grounds.
We had Cam's birthday while we were here but unfortunately we also fell victims to the Mistral winds from Africa, which turned the weather to custard and nearly blew everything and everyone off the coast! So Cam's birthday presents of a lilo, sunglasses and beach ball remain untouched and waiting for the sun to shine again.
We have amazing neighbors from Denmark (who live in Sweden, see I listen Flemming!) who we really enjoyed getting to know. They invited us over for Cameron Cakes (waffles with custard and strawberries) and hot chocolate with real cream on Cam's birthday and we took them for dinner with us that night. They have a brand spanking new Hymer which we all look at admiringly but as it turns out they have had nothing but trouble with is unfortunate that the weather has turned bad here as we would have loved to see the ten days out here getting to know them better and playing Sequence with them. But the sunshine calls and after a bit of research on the computer, Italy is the place to be for the sun at the moment so we are packing up our outside furniture that we retrieved from Spain (just kidding, Grant had those suckers tied down so hard that the camper would have blown away before the furniture) and are on the move again.
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