Saturday, 17 April 2010

Cote d'Azur, Provence in summer

Last August/September we enjoyed our summer vacation
with our daughter and per family
 at Le Lavandou on the Cote d'Azur.

                We're told this is where many french families holiday.

                                  Le Lavandou had a wonderful atmosphere, 
                     great beaches, shops, restaurants and markets.








                  This is Aiguebelle the beach and our beautiful villa
                              was 2 minutes from the beach. 

                   As with many of the mediterranean beaches, 
             we climbed 90 something steps down to the sandy bay 
           the hard part was climbing back up at the end of the day!! 
                                  But it was well worth it.


At Cap Negre just a short boat ride away 
the french President Nicholas Sarkosy 
and his wife Carla Bruni 
were holidaying at her family holiday estate. 
We could just see a beautiful villa 
peeking out of the trees at the end of the point.


On a day trip to St Tropez we drove past the turn-off 
which was heavily guarded by the Gendarmerie. 
Helicopters were coming and going all the time. 
Very exciting for the visitors from Auckland, New Zealand!!

Please leave a comment so I know you've visited!
Until next time.....


Merci à bientôt
be kind to one another!


Shane














14 comments:

Russ said...

What a beautiful blog!

Keep those post and pictures coming!

Tracey said...

What an amazing vacation!!! The water is such a beautiful shade of blue...reminds me of when we went to Bora Bora! Welcome to blogland :) You have such a beautiful blog...I love your sidebar pattern!

Hugs ~

:) T

p.s. you asked about the French flower mkt in my post...it was only a few blocks from Notre Dame and right near the Palais de Justice.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

What a wonderful vacation spot, I can only dream....

Lilla said...

Very cool holiday there. I love to go to France and the south is my fave. Of course NZ is a good bet and I am just back from Italy.
Nice of you to visit, come and see me again
aloha Lilla

Privet and Holly said...

Hello! Just arrived at our hotel and fired up the computer to see who had visited today. You are living in one of the cities that I ADORE. I made a dear friend from Auckland when she and her family were living in the States. Our girls were just babies then...and are now 15. Since that time they have been back to the USA to visit twice and I flew there once with my daughter. LOVELY people and BEAUTIFUL place!
Now, Le Lavandou....BREATHTAKING! Isn't it wonderful to be able to take holidays as an extended family? We do that with my folks, as well. Very nice to meet you and I hope you will come back to visit! xx P&H

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

oh my! What an absolutly BEAUTIFUL little spot on Earth! Thank you for sharing such lovely photos. I bet you had a great holiday.

So glad you are excited about the journal class!!

xoxo Heather

vicki archer said...

Le Lavandou is a beautiful spot - I am so glad you enjoyed your holiday there, it sounds so wonderful. Have a happy weekend, xv.

sarah, flourish design + style said...

That looks like heaven on earth! Especially when it's May and we keep getting snow storms.. darn Canadian never ending winters :)
So happy to have found your lovely blog! xx

corine said...

My childhood summers were spent in that region. I miss it terribly (I live in Los Angeles now)

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Corine
Thank you for visiting - how did you arrive at my blog as it's only a couple of weeks old.
We love the Var and it's not too touristy, still mainly the French.
Bormes les Mimosa is my fave village.
I'll have to dig out my photos to post.
Hope to see you here again!

Jan said...

Thanks for coming by MY blog...and now I am visiting YOUR blog. Love the layout and colors! Oh, this vacation spot is charming! How lucky you are to be able to go there and see such stunning beauty!
Welcome to BLOG-LAND and I'll be back to see your posts! Nice to 'meet' you!
Hugs,
jan

Jeanie said...

First of all, thanks for stopping by The Marmelade Gypsy and your lovely comments! I hope you return.

And, welcome to the Land of Blog! I have found such joy and good friends -- some of whom I've actually met! -- through this wonderful online community. Your blog is lovely and I can't wait to see more posts!

Finally, this is exactly where I want to be right now -- France, water, warm and lovely!

I'll be back! jeanie

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Hello!Thank you for visiting my blog. You know, I was in Lavandou last june and it was such a beautiful and relaxing holiday!
I did a tour of Provence with my mum and our car and we visited so many wonderful places!
As you I do love France and french style!
Kisses,
Francesca

Charlotta Ward said...

What a wonderful post! I adore anywhere on the Mediterranean coast and can hear it found your heart too!
It sounds like you had a fantastic time here and I only dream about family holidays with my family, parents and kids - all at one place!

Thank you for visiting my blog and for becoming a follower. I hope you will visit me often and that I get the pleasure of reading comments from you. It is so nice to meet new people through the blog.

Hope your weekend was nice and that New Zealand isn't too cold. Sydney has really started to sink deeply into Autumn now after having had an unusually warm past few weeks. 3 weeks till Winter - I can't believe this year is half gone already!!

Big Swedish hug and thanks again! :)

x Charlotta

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