21 June 2019 | Paris, France
17 June 2019 | Mougins, France
13 June 2019 | Mougins, France
11 June 2019 | Bayeux & Normandy Area
05 June 2019 | Barton Under Needwood
03 June 2019 | Midlands of England
01 June 2019 | Wychnor Park Country Club by Diamond Resorts
29 May 2019 | Atlantic Ocean
24 May 2019 | Queens, NY Leaving for ship soon
07 August 2017 | Home in Oxnard, CA
07 July 2017 | Isthmus Cove, Two Harbors, Catalina
09 June 2017 | Off Point Fermin
20 May 2017 | Home in Oxnard, CA
12 May 2017 | H-Dock, Channel Islands Harbor Marina, Oxnard
11 May 2017 | H-Dock, Channel Islands Harbor Marina, Oxnard
05 May 2017 | Home in Oxnard, CA
01 May 2017 | Home in Oxnard, CA
30 April 2017 | San Diego Police Dock Marina, Slip #7
29 April 2017 | Cruiseport Marina, Ensenada
25 April 2017 | Cruiseport Marina, Ensenada
43rd. Anniversary Trip: We Still Have Paris!
21 June 2019 | Paris, France
Don Lehman | All Good
17. “We still Have Paris”: Days 28 thru 30
Yes, I know I stole Bogie’s line from Casablanca, but it is a good one.
Day 28 was probably the easiest of the four days in Paris because for the most part we sat on the train for a good part of the day. After we got into our apartment we still had enough time to walk over to the Eiffel Tower and wander around the base before finding a Café to grab a bite to eat. In reality we really had only two full days to see everything, we travel on the first day and fly home on the fourth day. So, we made our plans and hoped everything would work out.
We started day two by walking to the Louvre, to try to beat the crowd’s, instead the crowd’s beat us. The placed was packed and we found out the only way to get in is to buy tickets on line for a pacific date and time. We were able to get a reservation for the next day at 1:30pm. So, now, we headed on to Notre Dame. Yes, we knew it was closed due to the fire, but we still wanted to see it. Even in its sad state it is a beautiful structure. Next, we started walking to the George Pompidou Museum, this museum is mostly of modern and contemporary art. It had lots of wonderful and some strange artwork in it. One interesting piece was made up of hundreds of hanging “Apple ear buds”. In a strange way, it was kind of nice. As we walked back to apartment we stopped at a bakery and a fruit stand to buy some food for a light dinner and breakfast for the next morning. The day ended with us having walked eleven and half miles, we were both tired.
Day three, headed over to the Eiffel Tower, bought our tickets and started to climb the stairs. You can only climb up to the second level (760 stairs) after that you take an elevator up to the top. At each level the view got better and better, with the top being spectacular. Once at the top we bought two glasses of champagne to celebrate being at the top and being in Paris with the love of my life.
Next, we made a bee line for the Louvre where we spent four hours and only saw about a portion of it. We enjoyed everything in it, found the ceiling the most fascinating and wonderful. After a late lunch we took the subway to the Arch de Triumph. We climbed up to the top (370 more stairs) and gazed out at the beautiful Paris scenery around us. The above photo is from the top of the tower. After climbing down, we headed back to our room to begin our packing for our flight home the next day. We walked another eleven and half miles this day for a total of 23 miles in two days.
43rd. Anniversary Trip: Around and About
17 June 2019 | Mougins, France
Don Lehman | Sunny and 72 degrees
15. Around and About: Days 23 thru 27
We are staying at Le Club Mougins, which is about 15 minutes north of Cannes in the town of Mougins. This has been our base camp here as each day we visit a new town or location. On the fourteenth we took the bus into Cannes and wandered all around. We walked through the business area filled with small shops and then to the beach and the marina. Actually, the town has two marinas; the first is the old harbor and then the new one at the other end of the bay with even bigger yachts in it. I always thought the harbors in the Mediterranean were filled with only big yachts, but there were also lots of small affordable yachts or boats. Cannes is not a small town, but it seems to have a friendly small-town appeal to it, while its suburbs have grown behind it.
The next day we took the train into Nice, which is more than twice the size of Cannes. The train dropped us off in the center of town and the start of their shopping district. We did our usual of walking down to the water, stopping in at different shops, exploring ally ways with even smaller shops. Then walking along the beach for a way. The harbor and marina appeared to be about 3 mile down the beach, so we skipped going there. Sometime between noon and one we found a patio or beach café to have our main meal of the day, while watching the world go by.
Yesterday we took the bus into Cannes, then walked to the old harbor to board a ferry for a fifteen-minute ride to Ile Saint Marguerite, which is about the size of Catalina Island. It is a popular place for families to go for a day trip, with its beaches and the old Fort Royal. The island has been inhabited since the first century and the Romans then started building a fort on it in the tenth century. The French finished the fort in the 15th and 16th century and within the fort is one of the four prisons (and only surviving prisons) for the man in the iron mask. It was freaky standing in is cell and seeing samples of what the masked could have looked like. Besides tourism, the fort’s buildings are used for marine and environmental studies. They also use it for summer camp for kids.
Today we traveled to Antibes, about half way between Cannes and Nice. We did our usual kind of wandering and getting lost a couple of time walking through the small alleyways. The old part of town (15th century) is a walled city where we found lots great patio cafes. Just outside the walls was to great sandy beaches and the city harbor. The marina in the harbor had it usual fill of small and large yacht, but this is where all the mega yachts hang out. When I say mega yachts, I mean yachts that have a helicopter sitting on their upper deck.
Tomorrow is kind of a work day for us, we will be doing our laundry, checking out a part of Mougins that we have not seen yet and then pack. Wednesday the nineteenth we take the high-speed train to Paris and the last few days of our trip.
16. Through Bobbi’s Eyes: Days 23 thru 27
It is hard to believe that this is our last week of our trip. It really has been an amazing time. We really have just meandered around these little villages and enjoyed spending time together. We wake up in the morning and have coffee at a leisurely pace and then move on into our day. We don’t have a car so we walk to the bus stop or train station and then head into the town or village we want to go to. We average 5 and a half to 7 and a half miles a day walking and the weather has been lovely and the areas are beautiful. I really can’t say which place has been my favorite because each area has been so special. The island yesterday was so peaceful and it was very refreshing to take a dip in the water after climbing up to the top of the fort. Mougins is a small village up in the hills above Cannes where Picasso once lived and painted and is now home to many artists and creative people. Antibes had more of a Bohemian vibe to it, though we were told it has a larger British population there because the wealthy French who own all those mega yachts like to hire British crew as they are known for their excellent seamanship. I tried to find the Antibes Yacht Club to see if we had reciprocal privileges but couldn’t find it. You know me I thought I might be able to get a tour of one of those mega yachts and the next time they were in Sunny California, they could come out on Sea Dancer and have dinner at the Club. Oh well, we still have Paris!
43rd. Anniversary Trip: Mougins
13 June 2019 | Mougins, France
Don & Bobbi Lehman | Sunny and 70 degrees
13. Mougins: Day 21 – 22
Yesterday June 12 we took a taxi to the airport in Caen, arriving our usual two hours early and forgetting that in the small airports of France you can only check in an hour before your flight. Which was kind of a blessing because it gave us some time to get something to eat. We arrived at our resort around 6:00pm, check into our one-bedroom unit and then walked to the grocery store for supplies.
After sleeping in and waking up later than usual we walked (about 20 minutes and uphill) to the old village of Mougins, with the buildings dating back to the 15th century. It is built on top of a hill that was first occupied by the Romans. The buildings are either homes, art galleries, restaurants or museums. The homes, for the most part, have been in the same families for years, from one generation to the next. Picasso lived and painted here. There were several paintings that we liked and thought about buying, but they won’t fit in my suitcase and the cost of shipping them home would have been too much. We finally found a painting of racing sailboats that would fit in my suitcase and bought it, not by Picasso.
I took several photos of the village, with the above photo one of my favorites. After meditating about it and hours of contemplation, I have finally given the photo a name.
“Cat at the Door”
14. Through Bobbi’s Eyes: Day 21 – 22
I have come to the conclusion that all roads are uphill, it does not matter where we are going, we will be walking uphill and usually up a steep hill for a good part of it. My fitbit tells me that I have climbed 55 flights of stairs today on our walk in Mougins and there really was not that many stairs but it was hilly and winding roads and beautiful and narrow walkways. Oh, and yes lovely little shops and galleries. We were able to chat with some of the artists and had a great day. Yesterday was a travel day and it was a bit more hectic. We went from Bayeux to Caen (taxi) to Lyon (plane) to Nice (plane) to Mougins (taxi) in traffic, it looked like the 405 at 40:00pm. We then walked to the market to buy groceries because the restaurant at the resort is closed. As you might guess, Bobbi was a bit grumpy and the market was an uphill walk! Alas, we got groceries and made it back to our room with food for dinner and for breakfast today so I was in better spirits by the time I crawled into bed for a good night’s sleep and all went well today. Tomorrow we will venture into Cannes. We will take a bus from just a short walk down the road from the resort and I’m told that the Cannes area is more level that the Mougins area. We will be along the coast.