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Old 10-24-2012, 10:37 AM   #16
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Next morning when we started, it was freezing cold. We'd been sleeping approx. 1000 meters above sealevel and it was cooold
We had to dig out our warm sweaters from when we started out in Copenhagen. But it was a clear blue skye and the air was crisp and fresh - nice.
We were on our way to the lake Lac de Serre-Poncon, following the N94 southwest.



The roads were stunning,



as well as the landscape.



Stopped for a chocolate-bar for Nikolai and a ziggy for me. These stops are mandatory to keep up the boy's interest. If I keep on riding for hours he get's fed up and looses interest - or he simply falls asleep on the back. And this is not really the point of travelling with him, I do all I can to keep it interesting for the little man.



We rode down the east side of Lac de Serre-Poncon on D 954 with some nice views over the lake.



From the north side we started crawling up to the pass Col d' Allos.



With it's height of 2250 meters, it was nearly as high as Col de la Cayolle as we previously had gone over. There was a lot of snow here as well, but this time Nikolai couldn't be bothered to take his helmet off, or even get off the bike! I tried to get him off, but he said he enjoyed the views perfectly from where he was sitting...hm!



Back down on the south side in the valley Val de Allos, we stopped here in the little town Colmars for lunch.
The sun was shining, the skye was blue - life was excellent.



After eating we went on towards the highlight of the day, the Grand Canyon du Verdon.
Riding along the banks of the Verdon river.



Entering the canyon.





Of course it's not like the Grand Canyon in the US, but still an awesome sight to see.



It's generally regarded as the most beautiful canyon in Europe.



Up at one of the viewpoints,



we saw some rock-climbers.



Wauv man, respect!



It was getting late, so we stopped her in the town La Palud sur Verdon for the night.



After finding a place to sleep we went out to have a look at the town.









After something to eat, it was back to bed getting ready to ride the south-eastern side of the canyon the next day.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:46 AM   #17
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We crossed the Verdon river to get to the other side.



The weather wasn't looking too good,



but that couldn't take the beauty out of the scenery.





Shortly after we left the canyon it started to rain, so the eagerness to get the camera out went down.



I'd planned what looked like a beautiful route over the Massif Des Maures to get down to the coast, but with the weather being bad, we had an early day and stopped in the town Collibrieres.



We got a room at the Hotel Des Maures,



and after a beer and a Cola we went out to look at the town.





Next day we finished the route over Massif Des Maures,



and got our first glimses of the Mediterranean Sea on our way towards C矌e d' Azur also known as the French Riviera.



On our way eastwards we took the Route de Ramatuelle to get to St. Tropez.



St. Tropez, a playground for the rich and famous, was putten on the map by the movie And God Created Woman from 1956, starring Brigitte Bardot.



We went down to the harbour



and looked at the gigantic boats there.



By the way, the pic's of the boats are taken by Nikolai. Well done I think, by a 6 year old.



This one here I found to be especially beautiful.



Nikolai's shot of daddy.



After our little nose-around we sat down here for a pizza with views to the boats. That was the most expensive pizza I've ever eaten...



We continued along the coast with the traffic being extreme. We were away from the loneliness in the mountains!



Passing through all the famous towns. As far as I remember this here was St. Raphael.





Out of the towns, the extreme traffic couldn't take the beauty out of the scenery. Here it's Corniche de l'Esterel.





Riding through Nice, Nikolai was getting fed up with the traffic - and I was as well I must admit - and he asked if we couldn't stop here for the night. Well why not, it would be nice to have a stroll around the harbour area of Nice.
We found this fine little hotel 50 meters from the waterfront, and also for an acceptable price. We got 30% discount!



We walked around the cozy harbour-area,



and found this wonderful little restaurant just by the quay-side.



We started out with fish soup as we shared,



followed by pasta for Nikolai and some more fish for me. Can't remember the name of the fish though...



After dinner we walked around in the area near the hotel. Upon walking by the seaman's church we saw a homeless man getting ready to go to sleep at the foot of the stairs to the church. Nikolai was very curoius and asked why he was sleeping there and so one. The little man simply couldn't understand, that the man had nowhere to live. But daddy, that's terrible for him, can't we help him dad? Eeh well, yes and no, what should I answer to that? The homeless man waved to Nikolai, and I started thinking - what the hell why not? I tucked a 10 Euro note i Nikolai's hand together with a cigarette, and said - go over and give him this. Nikolai was overly happy to being able to help the poor guy, and the 10 Euro's was less than what we spend pr. day on espresso's and Coca Cola's. The homeless man shook my son's hand and gave me another wave with his hand.
I went to bed with a good feeling that night.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:16 AM   #18
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Next day we followed the coast east, enjoying the views.





Passing Monte Carlo.





Shortly after we crossed the border into Italy at Menton, we stopped here for lunch.



Seafood is always good




We continued along the Ligurian coast.



When we reached Genova I made a mistake. Instead of going around the town, I rode through it. Friday afternoon in rush-hour, bad idea... What a nightmare.
Well at last we got out of town and started climbing the Appeninian mountains. It started to get dark, and there was no hotels around. Thankfully this litte place turned up just as it got really dark.



Then it was the last leg towards Verona where we should get the auto-train. The morning was misty, giving a special feeling to the area we rode through.





Out of the mountains we crossed the flat and rather boring Po plain.



In Verona we got in line to get the bike on the train.



We shared the train compartment with 2 finnish guys.



The were quite nice, and didn't mind Nikolai fooling around with them.



Reaching Hamburg after 16 hours, it was on with the warm underwear and then hit the autobahn towards the ferry to Denmark. The bike seafastened on the ferry.



The it was just the usual ride up to Copenhagen, after 10 wonderful days in Provence.
That's all, hope you enjoyed.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:37 AM   #19
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and stopped for the night in the nice little town of Sospel.





We checked in at this humble little hotel just to the right of the Spar supermarket. It was clean, had toilets and showers and was located smack in the middle of town.




After that it was time for dinner at the local restaurant.



Sospel
we were there.. lovely town



and I bet you are eating at Le Picoun....

we ate outside (it was a lovely evening)




great trip report & fantastic pics!

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Old 10-26-2012, 11:50 AM   #20
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Enjoyed your report very much, it certainly inspires one to ride the south of France. It's been many years since I have been there.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:59 PM   #21
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And another great report/adventure from you two

I was last year for a week in the french alpes-verdon area,fantastic,but never again in july (first time ever i had problems to became a place for me and my little tent)

Oh,and i like the story with the homeless guy...

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Old 10-26-2012, 06:42 PM   #22
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I was in the same area first 2 weeks of Sept. You are right the roads are as good as anything in the Alps.

To do that with your young son is FANTASTIC, something you both will remember for years.

We have taken our sons to the Alps, in '04 and last year, they are young adults. Sharing with family makes everything else pale in comparison.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:17 PM   #23
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Hi Greg, yes Sospel is definetly very nice. You're also right about eating at Le Picoun
Unfortunately it was too cold for us to eat outside, it's rather cold in the evenings in mid october.
Thanks for your comment
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Enjoyed your report very much, it certainly inspires one to ride the south of France. It's been many years since I have been there.
Hi RblueR, thanks for your comment.
Yes southern France is very lovely, made for bikes.
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And another great report/adventure from you two

I was last year for a week in the french alpes-verdon area,fantastic,but never again in july (first time ever i had problems to became a place for me and my little tent)

Oh,and i like the story with the homeless guy...

greetings Mik
Hi MikJogg, thanks a lot
I've tried the Verdon area in july as well, and yes it get's very crowded. In october we had nearly all the accomodation for our-selves, and most important, we had the roads for our-selves.
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I was in the same area first 2 weeks of Sept. You are right the roads are as good as anything in the Alps.

To do that with your young son is FANTASTIC, something you both will remember for years.

We have taken our sons to the Alps, in '04 and last year, they are young adults. Sharing with family makes everything else pale in comparison.
Hi PFFOG.
Thanks. Yes travelling with family beats everything. The little man is my best riding buddy. We're on the third year of riding together, very nice.
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Hi PFFOG.
Thanks. Yes travelling with family beats everything. The little man is my best riding buddy. We're on the third year of riding together, very nice.

Sharing the joy of riding and skiing as family activities when they were young has paid back in spades. They are still the activities we do together regularly even though they are grown and out of the house. It is the ties that bind the family together, long after most families have gone their separate ways.

As my Kiwi friends would say, Good on ya!
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Lovely trip photos!

Do you have any photos of the interiors of your hotels? And would you be willing to share what some of the places cost, per night?
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Nice.
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