Portiragnes Journals

Going on Boat Cruise in the South of France!

A July 2006 trip to Portiragnes by sylvia13

Hotel De Mougins Photo, More Photos
Quote: After much planning (see journal 6/1/2006), we finally go on boat cruise with my brother Will and his girlfriend Ivanna from New York City!

Going on Boat Cruise in the South of France!

Overview

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Crown Blue Line (CBL) offers self drive houseboat holidays, not only in France, but also in England, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. We chose the Midi Canal, as it is the oldest artificial waterway and it was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, but there were eight other regions in France we could have chosen.CBL has 33 different types of boats for rent and a fleet of over 600 for cruising the rivers and canals of Europe. Boats can have up to 5 cabins and sleep up to 12 people. Boats can also be rented for one-way travel, but a supplement must be paid in addition to car transfer costs.It is possible to rent bicycles, which one carries on board. The company al...Read More

Hotel De Mougins

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Hotel

Hotel De Mougins Photo,
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We did not get to see Carol Drinkwater's Passionata farm, but we must have been nearby when we found Hotel de Mougins in the hills behind Cannes. It was a 51 room hotel and it looked very quiet and refined. The hotel had a typical Provencal setting and it was made up of four charming country houses situated in a peaceful setting, surrounding a scented garden with swimming pool. The hotel had a bar and outside restaurant, as well as tennis court and access to golf courses. Our rooms were air-conditioned and quite comfortable and they even had an outside balcony with table and chairs. The girl at the reception was very helpful and went out of her way to print maps for us and book a restaurant ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2006

Hotel De Mougins
205, avenue du Golf
Mougins, France 06250
+33 (4) 92 92 17 07

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We went out for dinner everyday, guided by the Waterways Guide. All restaurants we found were nice, nicely decorated and most of the time we could even sit outside, under some trees! We also found service to be friendly and helpful. I can recall the names of the restaurants, as I kept their cards, but not all the details of the food we ate, except that it was very good, including the desserts! This won’t be much of help to anybody who wants to go there, but we were in France and the eating there is always good! Local products make up the menu, with seafood and duck the main specialities and each restaurant has its own gastronomical treats, so what is on offer would vary from season to season....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 23, 2006

Restaurant Les Tonneliers
23 Quai Tonneliers
Homps, France
+33 04 68 91 10 79

Brasserie de la Mediterranée

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Restaurant

Brasserie de la Mediterranée Photo,
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They recommended this restaurant to us in Hotel de Mougins and we were glad we went, as it complemented our stay there. Mougins is an old town and we enjoyed the walk up to the restaurant, which is situated in the middle of it. There were old buildings, greenery and trees in the Place la Mairie, as well as many people enjoying the pleasant evening out! We sat in the terrace, which was built around an old tree trunk, with tables distributed around it. There were small tables for two, larges ones for four and bigger ones for bigger groups as well. The restaurant was pleasantly decorated and the service was good too, despite the number of customers. It was most pleasant sitting out there and we all enjoy...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2006

Brasserie de la Mediterranée
Place la Mairie
Mougins, France 06250
04 93 90 03 47

Caves Douce France

Attraction | "Les Caves Douce France"

Caves Douce France Photo, Portiragnes, France
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We went to this 19th-century cellar situated on the banks of the Canal du Midi to taste their selection of Languedoc wine-framers' wines and Muscats.
The cellar building dates back before the French Revolution, when it was used as a relay station for draught horses that towed the barges along the canal. It now stores the wines of 23 independent wine farmers.
The cellar was well presented and they used the barrels as decoration and to present their wines. A most rewarding wine tasting visit!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2006

Caves Douce France
26 Rue Rouvier
Beziers, France
04 67 32 81 86

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One of the most pleasant little places we visited on the Midi was found by accident, but it had so much charm and was so welcoming that we walked in. In their own words, (French), Le Sourire de la Grenouille is a unique space on board the Canal du Midi, which proposes you make a little pause in a charming place to discover yourself! Their ateliers for ceramics, mosaics, painting or wellbeing space, yoga, and Taogym offer courses, while their boutique presents handicraft creations, while giving you feelings of today and tastes of yesterday.All their creations are tastefully and artistically presented and they also had various types of teas on sale. They had a couple of tables where one coul...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2006

Le Sourire de la Grenouille
28 Avenue Des Platanes
Argens-Minervois, France 11200
33 (04) 68 48 87 40

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The Canal du Midi has been selected as one of the world's greatest treasures by UNESCO. It was completed in 1681 and most of its original bridges and locks are still there to this day! It was to this canal that my family drove more than 1,000 kilometres from Austria, while my brother Will and his girlfriend Ivanna came from New York City, with a short stop in Spain to visit my sister Susie, to cruise on a Crown Blue Line houseboat. We had agreed to meet Will & Ivanna in Port Cassafieres on July 29 at 3pm, but we were all a bit late for the rendezvous! I greeted my brother, whom I had not seen in five years, and then we sat in the Crown Blue Line cafeteria to have a drink and get acquainted with Iv...Read More

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