South of France 2004 Part 1
OK, this one was a bit of a long trek ! We had a week and a half between the UK motor show and a friends wedding to fit in a holiday while Julie was in the UK. So as we had never been to the South of France Julie planned a trip starting and finishing in Nice. As usual we have got hundreds of photos so here is a small selection from the places we stayed/visited. I've also put in links to the places we stayed (where they were good !)
NICE - DAY 1
We flew into Nice, picked up the hire car and drove into the centre of Nice where we stayed for one night before moving on, the hotel we stayed in was in the middle of Nice can be found here. We just about had time to explore the promenade and have dinner in the old town before leaving the next day for the mountains.
CASTELLANE AND CHASTEUIL - DAY 2
We left Nice early the next day and drove up through the mountains and the edge of the Verdon region to Castellane. Castellane is a small town in the mountains and as you can see from the photos has a church overlooking the town on the top of a very very very tall cliff (which we walked up to).
Further west from Castellane is Chasteuil which is a small village high up in the mountains up an extremely windy road, this is where we were staying for the night at a Gite in the village. The area was so quiet and was an excellent place with amazing views of the mountains and even better no street lights (it was just like being back in Wales !). The website for the Gite can be found here.
VERDON GORGES AND ROUSSILLON - DAY 3
The next day it was another early start and after a fantastic breakfast we left for Roussillon. On the drive there we took the route des cretes which is a one way road that is approx 25km long and takes in some of the best scenery in the Verdon region in particular the famous Verdon Gorge
From the green of the Verdon region it was onto the reds and yellows of Roussillon famous for its ochre.
Again another contrast with the reds and yellows in the middle of a pine forest. We stayed just outside the town here. Lots of exploring in the forest/mine and the start of the great lemonade survey of France 2004 !
AVIGNON, ARLES AND THE CAMARGUE - DAYS 4+5
From Roussillon it was off to Arles but on the way we stopped in Gordes and then Avignon for lunch and a bit of an explore.....mostly to see the famous bridge for a bit of singing.
Arles is an old roman town with a number of interesting things to see including the amphitheatre (now used for bull fighting), the roman theatre and also the underground roman square. We stayed next door to the amphitheatre here. Arles is also on the edge of the Camargue region which is part of the reclaimed Rhone river delta which is famous for bulls, flamingos and horses.
The next day we ventured into the camargue on the worlds oldest land rover to see bulls, flamingos, horses and lots of rice fields !
From here it was back along the coast to Nice - click here for Part 2
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