en France (including pics)
Well, we're past the midway point of our stay here in France and it's been wonderful. An initial glich with the hotel as my girlfriend wanted to pick a "quaint," small hotel (20 rooms) in Juan les Pins (Villa Nina). It was a bit awful, with a room so small two people literally couldn't move about without bumping into one another. So, after the first night, we moved to a bit more modern place in Cannes, just off the Croisette.
Thanks in large part to the economic incompetence of this administration, it's quite expensive here now. With the Euro at 1.6 dollars, a bistro meal for two including apertifs and a bottle of wine, which used to be around 220 FF (divide by 6), is now 80 Euro (multiply by 1.6)!! Combine that with hundreds of Euros worth of perfumes (from Grasse) and hand-blown glass (from Biot) and it's turning quite expensive. Ah well...
Valbonne, in the hills above Sophia-Antipolis and one of my favorite places as it attracts less tourists, was the site of the southern France scenes from French Kiss. It's a great place to start a French adventure with cafe-au-lait and brioche.
The Palace of the Popes in Avignon (2 hours west of Cannes on the A8) housed a succession of Popes who initially fled Rome during civil wars there (prompted by the French king).
The Pont d'Avignon, constructed in the 10th century and spanning the Rhone, partially collapsed in 1668.
The glass blowers of Biot produce signature glassware prized around the world....