The Riviera v The Rhone

Daniel and Jonathan are enjoying their two week summer holiday at a friends house at Castellaras-de-Vieux which is between Nice and Cannes so we travel down by train on the 31st July which happens to be Charles and my 15 year wedding anniversary to spend a couple of days with them.

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The harbour at Monaco – like the way they moor the boats in size order!
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Monte Carlo in the background

After a pleasant lunch on the quay we wander around admiring the yachts and cruisers in the port – its hard to appreciate the amount of money sitting in the water unattended and probably only used once a year – such a waste but to think someone can spend £300,000,000 on a boat is mind blowing.

We take a deep breath when we fill our barge with a £1000 worth of diesel goodness knows how much some of these boats cost to fill up. Then we see three or four (its hard to remember!!) Rolls Royce’s parked in a nice row with one painted gold with marble sides – rather vulgar I thought……..

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View from the chateau

Charles and I haven’t been to this area before so Daniel and Jonathan gives us a flavour of the Riviera through a mixture of driving and walking and find the opulence rather overwhelming. We return to their holiday home and I instantly fall in love with the house which has a wonderful welcoming feel and I just love the difference floors and lay out and wonderful views  We enjoy a bbq and watching the sun set.

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Castellaras-de-Vieux
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bbq on the terrace
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Quaint street ….
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…. street name roughly translated “Street of Broken neck”

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On Tuesday it is more sight seeing and visit a quaint little town called St Paul de Vence with winding streets and little shops – once again we are spoilt with  spectacular views and in the evening drive over to Antibes for dinner. Then on Wednesday morning it over to Cannes for our train trip back to Aramon.

Once again we stock up and fill up with water and on Thursday morning (3rd August) set off early up the Rhone travelling 97.5 kilometers and 4 locks in 12 hours mooring up at Chateauneuf Lock for the night – probably the longest and farthest we have ever cruised in one day.

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The 22 metre deep lock at Bollene ….
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.. it never fails to impress!

On Friday we travel 66 k and 3 locks to stay at La Roche-de-Glun for the evening – we stayed here on our way down and as its tucked away from the large traffic on The Rhone provides a peaceful setting.

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Huge commercial barges

On Saturday we travel 51 k with 2 locks to stay at Chavanay a small pontoon without facilities but a pretty setting. Here we are treated to an exhibition by a group of youths diving and jumping into the river in some amusing styles.

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Cote de Rhone wine in production

Sunday is our last day on the Rhone and we make a leisurely trip of the last 47 k with two locks to arrive in Lyon mid afternoon.

 

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