French Riviera - Cote d'Azur

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I've swum/snorkelled at all four main beaches of the French Riviera.  

Starting from the southern end at St Tropez I spent a couple of days mooching around, found a nice pebbly little cove for snorkelling and long sandy beaches for swimming.  

 I love this photo. I was a bit thrilled to find an old wooden boat called St Stopez.  

I love this photo. I was a bit thrilled to find an old wooden boat called St Stopez.  

 A beautiful pair of old anchors in the breakwater.  

A beautiful pair of old anchors in the breakwater.  

 Moi looking through the anchor. Refer postscript at bottom of page. ❣️ 

Moi looking through the anchor. Refer postscript at bottom of page. ❣️ 

 How fabulous is this. A Sant Troupes boat!!  

How fabulous is this. A Sant Troupes boat!!  

 

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Private pebbly cove near st tropez, perfect for me.  

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Hey, I'm snorkelling in the Med!!  

 

 riding north- east along the coast I come to Cannes, convenient moto parking. 

riding north- east along the coast I come to Cannes, convenient moto parking. 

 Lovely little beaches and bridges all along the coastal road.  

Lovely little beaches and bridges all along the coastal road.  

 Swimming in my dress at Cannes  

Swimming in my dress at Cannes  

 Drying off a little before I head off to lunch in Nice.  

Drying off a little before I head off to lunch in Nice.  

 Cannes sculpture

Cannes sculpture

 Cannes Carlton. No sign of Margaret or David. I wonder what they are doing now??  

Cannes Carlton. No sign of Margaret or David. I wonder what they are doing now??  

 My reflection in Mr Zippy's Merc.  

My reflection in Mr Zippy's Merc.  

And on to Nice.  

 A pebbly beach just across from a cafe strip. My blue bag being minded by Harri.  

A pebbly beach just across from a cafe strip. My blue bag being minded by Harri.  

More about my stay in Nice in Nic's "farinata and Nic's letter challenge F"  

and then the richest of the rich seem to hang out in Monte Carlo.  

 Someone from the yatch club, I'm thinking not the Commodore.  

Someone from the yatch club, I'm thinking not the Commodore.  

 Swimming in Monaco, Water craft of all shapes and sizes along the coast. This cruiser was not even one of the big ones! and didn't fit into the marina! 

Swimming in Monaco, Water craft of all shapes and sizes along the coast. This cruiser was not even one of the big ones! and didn't fit into the marina! 

 Harri sunning himself at Monaco.  

Harri sunning himself at Monaco.  

 On this beautiful little cove just along from the Monte Carlo Marina.  

On this beautiful little cove just along from the Monte Carlo Marina.  

 Parked outside the Monaco Yatch Club, this Roller may belong to the Commodore.  

Parked outside the Monaco Yatch Club, this Roller may belong to the Commodore.  

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Monaco Yatch Club building is the multi-storey building in left of photo.  

 The black hulled water craft are really eye catching.  

The black hulled water craft are really eye catching.  

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Just inland from St Tropez is the village of Saint Exupery. I was wondering where the little prince might be when I rode past a hotel. " the petit prince". Cool.  

And now for the hat story.  

I'm walking home from the beach, clothed, but maybe with a cheeky grin, wearing my dear old red hat. Well it was red when I bought it in 2006 at the Henty Field Days. It's now faded to pink! Four young guys walk past and one says something about a Bon chapeau to me. We chat briefly and I say the only French phrase I know, thanks to Mitchell, whom I've been practicing this phrase on for five years  

Bon jour Monsieur, que'l belle barbre.  

He's stoked and goes off with an extra spring in his step. Meanwhile I continue back to my guest house and attempt to relay the conversation to my friendly host. From what I can understand, the young fellows were wishing me a pleasant day, and I guess the intention of my well practiced phrase was exactly the same.