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What a week!

August 20, 2011

Saturday 20th August

What a week!!

Helicopter ride!

What an action-packed week we’ve had! We started off on Saturday in Villefranche and met our new guests; Mum, Dad and 2 boys. We had dinner onboard and enjoyed tomato, mozzarella and parma ham salad, salmon and saffron potato with julienne vegetables and a light lemon mousse for dessert. On Sunday we moved up to Monaco for two days. We had a fabulous sail up there and one of the boys did an excellent job of driving us.

When we arrived we anchored up outside Larvotto beach and had a quick lunch as some were slowly starting to feel the motion of the ocean was not agreeable! After a quick trip in Terry, legs were back on land and soon all sorts of activities were being enjoyed: par ascending, jet skis, snorkelling and swimming. In fact so much fun was had we didn’t return to the boat until 6pm!!

Jet skis

Monday was action-packed: a trip up to the old town to see the changing of the guard, followed by a quick trip in a helicopter with a crazy pilot who liked to nose-dive! After lunch of spaghetti bolognese and chocolate muffins (fuel for the afternoon!) a visit to the Oceanographic museum was paid to see the shark tank and a lot of other fish! The evening brought with it a trip on the little tourist train round the F1 track and dinner by the boat in a little restaurant called ‘Constantine’, and Octopus was even tried!

Tuesday saw us heading back the way we came to Beaulieu-sur-Mer. We anchored up and had a swim next to Ibramavich’s ’Le Grand Bleu’ and then headed into the marina for lunch; quiche Lorraine, smoked salmon, goat’s cheese and leek quiche, salad and strawberry pavlovas. An afternoon trip to Eze followed, an evening meal in a restaurant by the marina and then fireworks on Eze beach to end the night!

One of the fabulous cars in Beaulieu

Wednesday arrived and we made the trip across to Antibes. We anchored up and had a swim and snorkel although it was a bit cloudy in the water and a few jellyfish popped by. The sea was so calm that we had lunch at anchor; homemade pizzas, salad and cheesecake. We were in the company of another of Ibramavich’s boats, ‘Eclipse’. We then took a trip into Antibes marina but unfortunately there was no space for us so we sailed round to Juan les Pins and anchored up.

After a trip in Terry the tender, the guests found the little train that tours Juan les Pins and Antibes and got off in Antibes. They went round the fort and had some dinner in a lovely restaurant and got the last train back to Juan les Pins where they were happy to see the boat tied up in the marina. (Phil had happened to ask the Capitain if it was possible to use his quay and he was very obliging!)

How many engines?!

Thursday soon came round and another exciting day followed. We went to the Iles de Lerins and this time when we snorkelled there were a lot of fish! We did something a bit different today; we took the guests ashore to the beach and then took a picnic lunch to them. It was definitely a success; Nicoise salad and a fruity couscous salad with chocolate brownies! An afternoon trip round the fort and another quick swim off the boat before a sail back to Juan les Pins.

On Friday we went back to the islands and got ourselves a prime spot outside the little port on St Honorat. A trip to the monastery to and a walk around the island before lunch to stretch the legs and then a swim to cool down was enjoyed. Lunch of homemade burgers and chips with salad and an apricot frangipane tart was enjoyed and then a last trip on ’First Essential’ across the bay to Cannes.

So here we are, in Cannes, having had the busiest day of washing, cleaning the boat inside and out, changing the cabins, making desserts, shopping, transfers, etc… and now we have another lovely family onboard but this time there’s FOUR children!!

We have a fabulous week planned heading towards St Tropez and have already enjoyed dinner onboard: scallops with crispy ham and a pea puree, homemade meatballs, tomato sauce and taglitelle and a banoffi pie! The super yachts have been eyed up, dreams are already forming, and now it’s definitely time to have some dreams of my own…

A bientot…

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