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A Rainy Day

July 29, 2011

Wednesday 27th July

View from the top of Eze

We left Villefranche having done the ironing, cleaned the boat, scrubbed the bathrooms and had a very productive morning. We tootled round the corner to St-Jean-Cap-Ferret and joined the throngs of Sunday boaters at anchor! On the way we discovered our speedo wasn’t going round and the usual trick of reversing to remove the weed didn’t work. We took the floorboards up and attempted to remove the fitting from inside the boat but it wasn’t budging. So once anchored and after a few boats had left, Phil took a swim with the scrubbing brush and removed quite a few barnacles from the speedo wheel on the bottom of the boat that appeared to be stopping it from turning!

The Catholic Church in Eze

We had a fabulous sunset that night and slept well even with a slight roll coming in from the sea. On Monday we went into St-Jean and found out about buses to Eze, the hilltop Medieval village. We also got a new gas bottle, some super-cleaner and a few stocks for the boat. After a quick lunch we decided to go up to Eze ourselves and have a good look around.

After a couple of bus rides, but not very far, we were dropped on the main road that passes the bottom of the old town of Eze. We wandered up past the two famous perfume producers, Fragonard and Galimard, and through some restaurants until we came to the walled entrance. There was the reception for the Chateau d’Eza hotel but no hotel. We found it later…

After meandering through tiny streets we found the entrance to the Exotic Gardens. It costs

Exotic Gardens, Eze

5Euros per person but is definitely worth the money. We got right to the top of the village and the views were spectacular. We could see down to Antibes and beyond on one side and Italy on the other. And the views over the cactus gardens were just fabulous. There’s a lot to see in the gardens and lots of sculptures too. After sitting and looking for quite a while, we wandered back down through the streets.

We found the Chateau’d’Eza and the Chevre d’Or hotels. Their rooms are scattered through the village with the restaurants and bars being close to the receptions and of course being on the edge of the hillside. We looked briefly at the menus and agreed that it would indeed need to be a very special occasion to contemplate a visit to either restaurant, never mind the hotels!!

Chateau d'Eza

Having caught the bus back down the hill into Beaulieu-sur-Mer, we wandered around the port and along to the Villa Kerylos, a Greek style villa that is now a museum. We walked further through the town and found the coast path that crawls along the foot of all the rather nice villas on the Cap Ferret. We eventually came out at Port St Jean and found Terry where we’d left him some 5 hours ago!!

After a rather delicious chicken curry and banana cheesecake we watched some old film on television (in English – it wasn’t worth the translation!) and drifted off to sleep.

Yesterday we made the crossing across the Baie des Anges – 15miles!! We were downwind all

The sculptures in the gardens

the way and with only the genoa out were making 5 – 6 knots in a very rolly and confused sea. We tried Antibes but their morning traffic was still in full flow so we ambled around the other side of the Cap d’Antibes and are anchored in Juan les Pins. Phil went ashore with Terry to collect liquid supplies for the coming week and I’ve was left onboard to do the baking – Coconut and Citrus biscotti. Another quiet night at anchor was had until we were rudely awoken this morning by thunder and rain!

Has it stopped? No! Today we’ve had July and August’s yearly rainfall in one day. It did stop briefly so we took a quick trip ashore to stretch our legs. Having moored up the dinghy where we told last time we visited, a gentleman stopped us at the end of the pontoon and said we shouldn’t leave it there as it was in the way pf tenders dropping off people. I asked if he worked at the port, of course he said no, so we left it there and went on our way! Little did I know he was working for Ibramavich and his rather large boat ‘Eclipse’. The Capitainerie guy said we were in the right place and we could leave it there for as long as we wanted, sucks to be Ibramavich’s gofer!!

Lemon Meringue Pie

On our return we discovered why the guy was so concerned, the tender is more of a 30ft sports boat with two kids that need their RYA Powerboat Level 2 driving it! Needless to say the guy onboard had to jump 6ft to get off and their turning skills were next to none! The only part I was slightly envious of was the rain hood at the front as it was bucketing down at that point and my umbrella wasn’t quite cutting it!

So, on return to the yacht, and in our now traditional style, in a thunderstorm we make lemon meringue pies onboard! Two small ones for dinner tonight. We have 2 more nights at anchor to go before we enter into Cannes Port on Friday for fireworks and then the guests’ arrival on Saturday.

A bientot….

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