Back to Something Like Normal

24 Sep

This is a short week blog-wise – up till Tuesday has already been covered in the last post.  In addition it has been a time to catch up and settle down so there is not a lot to report on really.  But we did try.

After returning from holiday in Corsica there had still not been any rain and in fact the river level had dropped further. So we got into it again on Wednesday and Thursday with the chainsaw and a lot of lifting before the weather had a chance to change. This is the result. I think we have done about as much as possible with the tools available for now.

Not the best shot, but this shows how blocked up the chute bypassing the barrage (dam) was before we started.

On Sunday we left home before breakfast and took the A8 to Saint-Paul-de-Vence.  Then drove through Vence and up the Col de Vence.  Tried to find a small chapel (St Bernarbe?) but failed.  We the retraced to Vence and drove towards Grasse stopping at Tourrettes-sur-Loup to take photos and at Pont du Loup for and excellent lunch on the way.

Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a very arty, tourist trap but also a very well restored medieval village. There are galleries and exhibits everywhere.

Everything in Saint-Paul-de-Vence looked well maintained like this bell tower. I took several shots in the streets also but there were too many people in them so they were rejected in the sorting process. I did however add to my small collection of pictures of door knockers, doors and windows!

The view from Saint-Paul-de-Vence up to the mountains and towards the right the village of Vence. We continued that direction and up the Col-de-Vence which is in the back of this shot just left of centre.

It was a little (actually a lot) hazy so the view to the coast was obscured. I would like to return in the winter when the air is clear, the view should be stunning.

Tourrettes-sur-Loup was a pretty sight in the afternoon sun. We didn’t walk through the village today but it does look like it would be worth a visit on another day.

This was looking up the gorge at Pont-de-Loup. There used to be a major bridge here but only the stubs of the pillars now remain. Having researched this a little, the following link was informative –
Also note that there is just a hint of autumn colour in the trees.

Grasse was a major disappointment, we couldn’t even find a place to park that looked safe, close by, and reasonable.  The place is a cluster-duck.

“Grasse is a rather unprepossessing town at first sight, but…” was the tourist guide book introduction that I should have been astute enough to translate into, “This is a total shithole to be avoided at all costs”.  We ended up leaving without even getting out of the car.  I’ll spare you the details but suffice to say it was not pleasant.  I know it is hard to believe that it could be that awful so at Leanne’s urging we will try again one day this time with the objective of visiting one of the perfume manufacturers rather than just to walk around the old town soaking up the atmosphere.  I’ll schedule it in as the first thing to do after I win the TDF.

Tutu came for a walk down the river on Sunday afternoon and ended up posing for the camera, as he does.

Well, that’s it for this week, or should I say, last week.  Hopefully I will be back on the normal routine next week.  Until then…


2 Responses to “Back to Something Like Normal”

  1. Sarah September 27, 2012 at 15:45 #

    I love St Paul de Vence – did you see Marc Chagall is buried there? Nice view from the graveyard!

    • bikernz September 27, 2012 at 15:54 #

      We looked out over the cemetery from the ramparts. On a haze-free day the view will be amazing. Will need to go back.

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