Cote d'Azur Journals

Ancient History, Natural Beauty, Weather And Wine

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A September 1994 trip to Cote d'Azur by shaunandtrish

La Tour Casse Photo, Cote dAzur, France More Photos
Quote: At last, I have found the time to right a retrospective journal of my favorite place of all. This area has the best 'everything' that I need. The title says it all ...

Ancient History, Natural Beauty, Weather And Wine

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Overview

St Thome Photo, Cote d'Azur, France
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I love this area. It has everything that I love most. Great food and wine, beautiful scenery, adorable and ancient little hill-top villages, numerous historic sights especially from Roman times, a great climate and a perfect pace of life. Anyway, highlights: - The Roman Theatres at Arles and Orange - The spectacular Pont Du Gard - Pony Trekking in the Camargue, I saw an otter! - The charm of Valvigneres and St Thome, found by accident - The food - The wine - The sun - Driving for 4 hours from the north, through rain, without a break, then stopping for toilet on the edge of Provence and smelling the warm air heavy with the scent of lavender ...Read More

La Tour Casse

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Hotel | "La Tour Casse, Valvigneres"

La Tour Casse Photo, Cote d'Azur, France
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My favourite place in the whole world and here's the story that goes with it. We had planned to spend 17 days in France following the eastern border from Strasbourg to Nice, through the Alps. After three days of torrential rain in the Vosges area we sat watching the Meteo as we ate our evening meal and it predicted nothing but heavy rain across the whole east side the next three days at least. We were ready to turn round and come home, but we changed our itinerary instead. We would get up early and go south for some sun. I consulted my Les Routiers Guide to France and found a guest house in Viviers sur Rhone, just south of Montelimar - we'd head there - it was as far as I dared drive in a single...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 31, 2004

La Tour Casse
Valvigneres, Ardeche
Cote d Azur, France
(04) 7552 -6256

La Tour Casse, Valvigneres Photo, Cote d'Azur, France
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La Tour Casse is not really a hotel. It is a restaurant with rooms. Like many French accomodations that serve food, the food is the priority. The rooms here are small and clean, but specifications are not high - that doesn't matter, because you would come here for its beautiful location and its wonderful food. To say the menu is French would be inaccurate. French cuisine has very distinct regional divisions. The menu here is fairly and squarely provencale. The restaurant concentrates on delivering a small but very high calibre menu, making the most of the local wine, tomatoes, olives, garlic and so on. Your meal will be accompanied by the excellent wine produced in the village, and the friend...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 31, 2004

La Tour Casse, Valvigneres
Valvigneres, Ardeche
Cote d Azur, France
04 75 52 45 32

Gorges du Verdon (Verdon Gorge)

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Attraction | "Les Gorges de l'Ardeche and around"

Gorges du Verdon (Verdon Gorge) Photo, Provence, France
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Staying in Valvigneres puts you in an ideal place to experience the most wonderful sights by taking a few short drives. The most spectacular, maybe, is the Gorges de l'Ardeche, a series of canyons and natural rock formations along the river ardeche. There's a nice scenic drive to be had here by following the river along this stretch for 10km or so starting at Valon Pont D'Arc. The natural arch on this stretch, the Pont d'Arc (see photos), is a great place to picnic, sunbathe, splash about in the water or even canoe, and the "villages tres jolies" that surround the gorges mean that you won't need to worry about whether or not you can make the visit stretch to a day....Read More

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Gorges du Verdon (Verdon Gorge)
south-eastern France
Provence, France
0494 70 21 64

Pont du Gard

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Attraction

Pont du Gard Photo, Vers-Pont-du-Gard, Languedoc Roussillon
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This massive structure is part of a system that was built to carry water from Uzes to Nimes. The Pont du Gard carried it over the River Gard. Its a quite breathtaking structure, especially when you consider it was built around the year 0 AD. The car parks are a very short and pleasant walk from the bridge itself. Come on a nice day, bring some food along and have a picnic! You can walk across the first tier of the bridge, over the river. Stay away from the edge if you are prone to vertigo as even tier one is quite high. The approaches on both sides give some excellent photo opportunities. Check out the photos I've posted to get a feel for the sight. I can honestly say I've not seen anything q...Read More

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Pont du Gard
Crossing the Gardon River
Near Remoulins, France

Roman Orange and Arles

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Story/Tip

Roman Theatre - Orange Photo, Provence, France
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We did not spend much time in either of these places, and Arles was quite literally a quick photo-stop on a tour that took in Arles, Orange, the Pont du Gard and a pony trek in the Camargue all in a day trip starting from Valvigneres. Anyway, that day was mainly a roman day. Following the A7 towards Orange at first, where we took in the Triumphal Arch and the Roman Theatre, before taking the A9 out of Orange towards the Pont du Gard (has its own journal). Next stop Arles is a short drive south east from the Pont du Gard, we stopped briefly here to get some external shots of the Roman Theatre, before we follo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 31, 2004

St Tropez & Cannes

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Attraction | "St Tropez & Cannes - hype & high prices"

St Tropez & Cannes Photo, Cote d'Azur, France
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We stayed in a lovely little campsite just outside St Raphael for a week. This spot placed us ideally to take in Cannes to the east and St Tropez to the west. Both of these towns were a 30 mile or so drive along the lovely Cote d'Azur, with its red rock cliffs contrasting spectacularly with the blue sea that they plunge into. A lot like the Californian "Big Sur". We decided to visit St Tropez on an early evening which turned out to be an excellent choice. This poor little place was once a lovely little fishing village until Brigit Bardot made it famous in "And God Created Woman". No blame on BB for that, but it has caused St Tropez problems, I think....Read More

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St Tropez & Cannes
Cote D'Azur
Cote d Azur, France