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Honeymooners Onboard!

August 4, 2011

Thursday 4thAugust

Cannes Fireworks

Having arrived in Cannes on Friday afternoon we discovered it was France’s turn in the international Firework competition held every Summer in Cannes. Each country that enters gets to set a display to music, the town is darkened at 10pm, street lights off, hotel fronts unlit and the music starts out at sea. The national anthem heralds the start of the show and what a show it was!! Millions of Euros worth of fireworks must have gone up in the 30 minute long display.

My Favourites

I’m not sure what the theme was but the display was divided into sections, the sea, jazz, the purple war, and the amazing finale!! I have never seen or heard fireworks like them! On the way back to the boat there were many street entertainers, one particularly good male singer, the rest slightly less intriguing!

We picked up our honeymooners on Saturday afternoon and enjoyed dinner onboard; Summer French onion soup, smoked haddock, lemon and parmesan risotto with courgette flowers and panna cotta with St Honorat blackberries.

Sunday morning arrived and with it a stiff breeze from the East. We had a fabulous sail past the Palm Beach Casino and

Phil's favourites

across the bay, tacking all the way, making 8 – 9 knots under full sail to Juan-les Pins. We anchored up with all the Sunday lunchers and enjoyed our own lunch. ‘Eclipse’ Ibramavich’s latest was still at anchor there, but this time we didn’t bump into his gofers! We managed to get ourselves a space in the apparently very trendy marina of Juan les Pins. It was a tight squeeze between a motor boat and a bigger Beneteau and we certainly didn’t move at all that night! Worth every last cent of an extortionate price for 1 night!!

Monday arrived and of course the wind had had his say and gone again so we motored over to the Iles de Lerins. We anchored up for lunch under the fort where the ‘man in the iron mask’ was apparently held for a few years before his ‘escape’ and even tried a quick dip in the sea. A wander around the island after lunch to stretch the legs and then we moved between the two islands for a night at anchor and dinner onboard. This time the menu was; scallops on pea puree with crispy ham, pan fried salmon with a saffron potato and julienne vegetables, raspberry and nougat semi-fredo.

Fontvieille Capitainerie

After a peaceful night and a quick visit to the monks on St Honorat, we upped anchor and made the epic voyage across to the Cap d’Antibes and on across the Baie des Anges. 3 hours later we arrived at St Jean Cap Ferret. We anchored up for lunch and enjoyed the views of the rather nice villas!! Early evening we moved into the marina (another new one for us, and probably the only time we’ll be in there!!) and enjoyed dinner a restaurant Kate Moss made famous ‘TheYacht’.

Another sunny day and on to Monaco. Of course we anchored for lunch – why break a good habit?! – and then wandered in to port Fontvieille. A trip around Monaco on the little train and a visit to the old town made a fabulous afternoon and an evening trip to the Casino and the Café de Paris made a superb night. The noisy Russians however, on the boat behind us, did not make a good night and the added bonus of seeing a super yacht crew get told of for not locking the door and the alarm waking the whole marina (apartment blocks included) was the icing on the cake! However, a quieter dawn was enjoyed and a slow sail to Villefranche was next on the agenda. Once there of course we enjoyed lunch at anchor, although a little rolly from all the traffic, but the lemon tart was amazing!!

Ibramavich's 'Eclipse'

So now we are in Port de la Darse and the honeymooners leave tomorrow. We however are off to St Tropez for the week darling!! So excited as I love it there! Just got a 6 hour motor tomorrow afternoon/evening to get through.

A bientot…

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