Antibes

Hazel and I made the most of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, and (relatively) cheap flights from London Heathrow to Nice, with a long weekend in Antibes.

Activities were limited to pottering down to and around Antibes town, gawping at the floating gin palaces large yachts in the harbour, and reading and eating back at IWW’s flat. As is customary, meals revolved around cheese, butter, wine, salamis and salads from the Carrefour supermarché at the end of the driveway to the flats, with the bakery 5 mins downhill supplying fresh pains de campagne and assorted croissants.

We watched the sadly washed out Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on BBC World/CNN, glad we only felt obliged to catch the highlights.

That said, we did manage one rather more active day, walking the Sentier Littoral that runs along the Côte d’Azur from Plage de la Garoupe to Villa Eilenroc. The round trip from the flat included the roadside walk into town and then a slog along the coastal boulevards from Plage Royal Beach to Plage de la Garoupe. Bus No 2 runs along this stretch of the Riviera, but the Sunday service is infrequent – plus it was the sunniest day of our stay!