We are at Villeneuve-Loubet, a town on the ‘Bay of Angels’ halfway between Nice and Antibes. The site is a short walk (5 minutes) from the beach.
Mavis is parked in Camping Hippodrome ( N 43.642186 E 7.137281). This is a small and friendly site. It isn’t ACSI but at €25 per night for two adults, two dogs, wifi included and heated indoor pool is OK.
In common with a lot of the coast here the shore is packed with posh marinas.
We chose this site for its position on a cycle track joining Nice with Antibes and spent the first day exploring old Antibes.
14 miles there and back is a bit much for two middle aged terriers so Colin and Penny get pulled along in their own rickshaw. This does attract a few comments from the locals…there is a ‘Regardez les Chiens!’, or ‘Oh, Les Mignons!’ every so often.
Cycling to Antibes, the first landmark to be seen is Fort Carré. Built in the 16th century on the site of a Roman fortification it was used briefly to imprison Napoleon during the French Revolution. It is seen here overlooking Antibes yacht harbour.
Antibes Roman Catholic cathedral.
Old Antibes is a pretty, bustling town which is doing well with a thriving tourist trade, and more than a few very rich yacht owners.
There is a lovely covered market, well worth a visit. It was just open for business in the morning, when we visited. The stalls sell mainly food but a few trinket and souvenir sellers are also dotted about.
We bought a selection of olives. Delicious.
This is me, on the ball for once, in front of the Picasso Museum. Picasso lived here for 6 months at the Château Grimaldi in 1946 and it is now a home for more than 200 of his artworks.
After lunch in the town square we walked back along the seafront.
The weather is still good but there is 6 inches of rain forecast here for Tuesday…..we may have to move on soon..