How much can you do in Five days?

Trip Start Jun 09, 2005
Trip End ??? ??, 2006

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Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Evening drinks overlooking Monaco Harbour, lunch in Italy and the afternoon swimming in the mediterranean on the Cote D'Azur. What should we do tomorrow? How about shopping in Paris? We crammed a ridiculous amount of activities and places into one trip, but boy was it worth it. I can't BELEIVE how much there was to do in this tiny section of France - still got the rest of Europe to go yet! Help! I don't think I could keep the pace up for longer than 5 days though. I was pretty tired and grumpy near the end ( as I'm sure Amanda will agree).

Sounds tough, doesn't it! Unfortunately, I can't skite about this holiday too much, as I left Mick at home and spent five days travelling with Amanda (Brigden, for those of you who now her)in the South of France. As a small compensation, he did get a selection of authentic French cheeses and wine, which we shall no doubt partake in shortly.

I think I will let the pictures do the talking for this entry - they say it all really.

A couple of thoughts if any of you ever visit this region:

1. Don't eat a three course French meal BEFORE you hop in a taxi down a a very steep, winding mountain road with a driver who thinks he's Ayrton Senna - not good for the poor old stomach.

2. Don't look over out the window when you're going over a very high and old aquaduct in a tiny train through a mountain pass (you can sense a theme here, can't you?).

3. Don't decide to climb up very steep, high steps through a medieval fortress (ie. read very old and falling apart) and then get to the top and then realise that you're not sure if you can get down again.

4. Do take someone with you who speaks French - Thanks Amanda - I'd probably still be trying to find my way out of the train station without you.

5. Do eat lots of great french food and drink lots of french red wine in spectacular locations - doesn't get much better really!

6. Don't go for a walk through a tunnel without a torch - actually, this was kinda fun - no permanent damage, just wet feet from walking into puddles that we couldn't see.

7. Do make the extra effort to get off the main tourist path - once you leave the big towns you have the place to yourself - with the locals of course.

That's about it really. Had an ball and can't wait to go back with Mick. The south of France more than exceeded my expectations. I expected it to be trashy and over the top - and yes, it is, but it some how manages to be beautiful at the same time. Now back in London, which has turned decidedly cold and grey - have purchased several very large thick coats, industrial strength stockings and quite a few wooly scarves - so Winter - here we come.
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