Good morning! We hope you had an excellent weekend and now you're ready for another working week. We wish everyone a pleasant Monday and in order to cheer you up we share with you some photos and our emotions of arriving to the south of France.
We left Paris at 6 a.m. on a rainy morning and headed towards south. The distance we had to cover was 920 km and our goal was to arrive not later than 18.00 as the check-in in our camping was available only until this time. Although we were driving on Autoroute du Soleil ( A6 road, in english Motorway of the Sun) the weather was not at all sunny - cloudy and rainy instead - so it was rather hard to imagine that in several hours we will be lying on one of the numerous beaches of the Mediterranean enjoying warm weather. The roads in France are of high quality, there are lots of parking places and service points on the way. However, you have to pay toll (in french Péage) for the distance you pass. In our case the total toll paid reached 72 €.
In the south we planned to stay at a camping site in Antibes - a town situated between Cannes and Nice. There are quite many campings in the town and one has lots of options to choose from. Some campings do not require reservations, but as summer is a high season we decided to safeguard ourselves and made a booking for 5 nights. Please, note that you would have to pay a reservation fee and the tax in case you book in advance. The camping we chose was La Sequoia ( http://www.sequoia-antibes.com), which is located not far from the sea (about 1 km) and the train station is also within walking distance. We were provided with the driving instructions upon our booking, so we were able to find the place relatively quickly and fortunately arrived before the closing of reception.
We were extremely satisfied with the camping - it was quiet, very clean and comfortable, lots of trees, which cast a pleasant shade on sunny days, there is also own swimming pool and a snack bar. The staff also welcomed us warmly and was always there to help us. There are possibilities to stay at small cottages equipped with necessary things, with your own caravan or with a tent. We opted for the latter alternative, which was both comfortable and not that expensive. One night costed us 29 euros and this included a stay for 2 adults, a parking place, unlimited and free use of sanitary facilities, and electricity access. By the end of the day we were very tired of all the driving we had and of arranging our tent, so we decided to wash away this fatigue and went to have a good swim in the blue waters of the sea.
The following day our plan was to go to Nice to walk on the famous Promenade des Anglais, climb up to to the hill of Chateau and admire the beautiful coastline and the roofs of the old town. We decided to leave our car in the camping and travel around French Riviera by local transport, so we took the train to Nice. The city is the 5th largest city by population in France, and is definitely known mostly for its beautiful beaches, hotels and resorts. In fact it is the second most popular place for tourists in France after Paris.
We just can not find the right words to express all our delight and admiration, so please enjoy the pictures of this beautiful scenery. We will post an update - more photos and comments on our trip to Nice - later tomorrow.
Forth day result:
Travelled: 920 km
Petrol used: 120 €
Tip of the day:
To have a pleasant stay at camping one has to think in advance about all the things that might be needed. Think to the smallest details - our list is not all inclusive. You might need: folding chairs and tables, electric grill, portable fridge, socket, extension cord, plates and dishes, forks and knives, towels, dish wash liquid, towel rail, buckets etc.
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