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Bonjour Mes Amis

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Hello everyone I’m back! I can’t say I’m terribly thrilled about that though as it’s been cold, showery and breezy since my return and as you can see from my opening photo of sun, blue sky and palm trees I had become very used to the complete opposite! Temperatures reached 33 degrees C on some days and as we approached Belfast International Airport on the way back the pilot announced that the temperature was 11 degrees C, you could hear everyone on the plane groan at the same time!
We did have an absolutely wonderful time and enjoyed every second of our trip. I took lots and lots of photos and to be honest I was a bit overwhelmed with them and didn’t know which to use in my blog posts. I didn’t want to repeat myself as we were in the south of France last year on holiday but I decided that it will probably take three posts to cover everything I want to, so I hope you will indulge me and that I won’t bore you all too much.
In this post I want to show you some of the lovely places we visited on the very beautiful Cote d’Azur.

This is Cannes, one of my very favourite places. I think this photo shows both sides of this pretty town, the old town in the distance and the shiny expensive yachts that fill the harbour which are used by the (very) rich and famous!

I think I might buy myself this little one as it’s soooo my colour! 😉

The International Film Festival was on while we were there and here you can see them hoovering the red carpet for all the ‘beautiful’ people who would use it over the period of the festival. What you can’t see is that behind me the press were on their stepladders waiting for the stars. I have to say we didn’t see anyone famous as I haven’t the patience to wait for them. I would much rather see ……….


and this, which to me is the real Cannes!

This picturesque little place is St Paul de Vence, it is a small walled town built on a hill and is the home to many artists and crafts people.

It has lots of pretty little craft shops and

there is a photograph waiting around every corner.

Next we have Grasse, the perfume capital of the world and as you climb up the steps to the old town you can smell the perfume in the air!

It is the home to a few perfumeries.

There was a rose festival on when we visited and there were stalls with all kinds of products made from roses including rose flavoured macaroons and rose petal jam. The streets were strewn with rose petals, all so pretty.

There were roses everywhere, it was beautiful!

This was my first visit to Grasse and I definitely would go back, I loved it.

Finally this is Villefranche-sur-Mer, a gorgeous little bay between Nice and Monaco, you can just see the train in this photo disappearing into the rock on it’s way to Monaco.

Again this is a place that wherever you turn there is a photo waiting to be taken.

Villefranche-sur-Mer is somewhere where people come to sit, have a drink and watch the world go by, very slowly.
Oh to be back there, would you join me, we could sit under one of those yellow parasols!

Well that’s my first installment of my Riviera holiday, I hope you’ll join me next time for a look around some French markets!

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summerfete May 22, 2011 - 10:05 pm

Welcome home Viv
I prefer your Cannes!
I remember thinking the grass was sooo artificially green!
I did see the best fireworks of my life in Cannes however,


ps we are off to francais very soon!

Jane May 22, 2011 - 10:16 pm

I really enjoyed your 1st instalment Vivienne.It’s like going with you on your trip, great pictures. I am an avid perfume wearer, I would have loved to have seen Grasse. Looking forward to part 2. Sorry you have come back to bad weather, it’s still been sunny here. Sending some your way. Have a great week,
Jane x

Amanda May 22, 2011 - 10:32 pm

Oh my!!! I would indeed love to join you. That little cafe where the artists live – it took my breath away it was so beautiful. One day I will visit.
I’m so glad your trip was magical.

Robin May 23, 2011 - 1:19 am

Oh Vivienne that was amazing. You sure did pick the right time to visit with all the exciting special events. Good for you, I am normally to early or to late! It is all so beautiful and definitely a photo moment at every turn. Can’t way for the next tour! Thanks, xoRobin❤

Mia May 23, 2011 - 6:00 am

Welcome back, Viv!

And I am so sorry for the weather back home 🙁 But you have beautiful memories and these wonderful pictures, thank you so much for sharing! Beautiful!

I wish your weather gets better soon (it seems pretty here this morning too) and I am looking forward to seeing more of your travel-photos!


marigold jam May 23, 2011 - 7:59 am

I certainly would! Looks lovely and my favourite pic is the one of the tiny narrow street with the red roses – it looks so beautiful. More please!

Louise May 23, 2011 - 8:19 am

I would love to join you and sit under one of those yellow parasols. :0) I can’t wait to see more, I love France. Gorgeous pictures….

Lou xxx

littlehillBIGSEA May 23, 2011 - 8:56 am

those are beautiful photos vivienne. i really wish i was there right now especially when i look out the window at the grey, isle of skye weather. i need some sun. we were in brittany last summer and had a great time. i so love france. nice to have you back again. gill xxx

littlehillBIGSEA May 23, 2011 - 8:58 am

…i should add, st paul de vence looks exactly like my kind of place…feeling dreamy now.

Helen Philipps May 23, 2011 - 9:14 am

Bonjour, Vivienne! And welcome back, it’s great to see you again! Your photos are stunning – I so love seeing those gorgeous old buildings they are so picturesque and typically French. And the sunshine and blue blue sky and sea…wonderful! It couldn’t be more grey here today. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures – and I look forward to the French markets very much.
P.S. Inspired by you I have bought a lupin! I’ve had it a whole two days and the snails haven’t eaten it yet!
Have a happy week. Helen x

Emma Angel May 23, 2011 - 11:00 am

Welcome back.
I love your pictures, especially the narrow streets. It really makes me want to get out of here and enjoy some sun, somewhere beautiful.

Patty May 23, 2011 - 11:35 am

Hello there and how nice to see the sun in your pictures, it’s so so windy today and the trees are groaning and swaying in a worrying manner.
You’ve had a fab time by the look of it and I love that little walled town with the craft shops. Look forward to the next post.

lily May 23, 2011 - 12:02 pm

Hope you had a wonderful holiday, looking at these sunny gorgeous pics I would imagine it was a beautiful place to visit.

lily x

harmony and rosie May 23, 2011 - 1:43 pm

Bonjour Madam! Good to have you back and so pleased you had a wonderful time. Love your photos, oh how the other half live! I would definitely join you under your yellow parasol, in fact wish I was there now. Looking forward to the markets!!

a bientot x

Kristyne May 23, 2011 - 7:07 pm

So glad you’re back. You were missed. 🙂

Thanks for letting me tag along with you – vicariously – what a lovely trip. I remember in the 80’s when my parents came back from a trip with Fragonard samples in their luggage. Intoxicating, for sure!

simone May 23, 2011 - 8:26 pm

Gorgeous photos Viv! Yes, I would gladly sit under one of those yellow parasols with you! I especially like the look of the artists places. I could picture myself there! x

Gill May 23, 2011 - 9:47 pm

Bon soir Vivienne!
What a wonderful, wonderful post!
So glad you had a great time!
It was such a pleasure to see all your photos here, we too have visited all of the towns and villages you show and so it has bought back wonderful memories! I loved St Paul de Vence and some of the other hill top villages, and when we visited there we went into some of the ateliers and bought signed posters from the artists. We happened to be wandering around that vilage the day that the death of Princess Diana was announced, and the sympathy and distress of the French was incredible, In no time at all, the local churches wherever we went had set up books of condolence.
I also loved the old town at Antibes!
You have cleverly captured the essence of these places, and I can’t wait to see your next few posts – there can’t be enough photos as far as I’m concerned! And I would love to join you for an apperitif at one of those little cafes – a chilled glass of rose from Provence would go down beautifully!
Thanks for your comment on mine!
Gill xx

tinajo May 24, 2011 - 1:09 pm

Ooooo – you´re home! 🙂

I´m SO glad you´ve enjoyed yourselves, great pics too! I still wonder why you didn´t bring me though… Didn´t I mention that I can get really, really tiny if I want to..?! 😀

Lola Nova May 24, 2011 - 5:34 pm

What an absolutely glorious looking holiday! I am so pleased that you had had such a lovely time. I am now dreaming of a French holiday myself!
Welcome back.

jooles May 26, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Oh my goodness, i want to live there…i really really do.
Those lemons with their leaves and you can actually buy cougette flowers…ahhhhh
thank you for you lovely comment on my blog
j x

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