South of France 
We spent two weeks on the South Coast of France - the French Riviera - but stayed inland and enjoyed lots of driving around very scenic places such as this narrow windy mountain road with brilliant views.
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We spent two weeks on the South Coast of France - the French Riviera - but stayed inland and enjoyed lots of driving around very scenic places such as this narrow windy mountain road with brilliant views.
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On the same drive, near the highest point at 1670 metres altitude, the forest looked quite different, as in the picture above...
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On the same drive, near the highest point at 1670 metres altitude, the forest looked quite different, as in the picture above...
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Also in the mountains we saw a lot of this very red rock, including riverbeds, cliffs etc, a very impressive sight!!  This photo makes the rock look quite brown, in real life they were much redder than that.
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Also in the mountains we saw a lot of this very red rock, including riverbeds, cliffs etc, a very impressive sight!! This photo makes the rock look quite brown, in real life they were much redder than that.
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Dotted all over the mountains were hilltop villages complete with church.  Outside this one was a game or two of petanque!!
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Dotted all over the mountains were hilltop villages complete with church. Outside this one was a game or two of petanque!!
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The higher we climbed, the more the houses looked like Swiss chalets, such as this one.
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The higher we climbed, the more the houses looked like Swiss chalets, such as this one.
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This photo and the next one are of the seafront at Nice.  Despite the name and reputation we did NOT think it was NICE at all.  Very run-down, we didn't bother getting out of the car for a closer look.
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This photo and the next one are of the seafront at Nice. Despite the name and reputation we did NOT think it was NICE at all. Very run-down, we didn't bother getting out of the car for a closer look.
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Also along the seafront at Nice, despite a dull cloudy day the sea was a lovely aqua blue.
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Also along the seafront at Nice, despite a dull cloudy day the sea was a lovely aqua blue.
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We visited Monaco and the Jardin Exotique (Exotic Garden) where they grow a fairly spectacular array of cacti plants.  It was a very rocky place lots of cliffs and then many building packed in between there and the sea.
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We visited Monaco and the Jardin Exotique (Exotic Garden) where they grow a fairly spectacular array of cacti plants. It was a very rocky place lots of cliffs and then many building packed in between there and the sea.
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Obligatory arty shot of some strange cacti going off flower...!
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Obligatory arty shot of some strange cacti going off flower...!
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Thanks you other tourists for providing some perspective on just how giant-sized some of the cacti are!
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Thanks you other tourists for providing some perspective on just how giant-sized some of the cacti are!
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Oui, c'est moi est vrai, Karen at Monaco standing in a very windy spot.
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Oui, c'est moi est vrai, Karen at Monaco standing in a very windy spot.
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Rod in a similarly windy spot, only with short hair you'd never know!
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Rod in a similarly windy spot, only with short hair you'd never know!
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Monaco, the country whose maxim must be How Many Houses Can We Cram In??
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Monaco, the country whose maxim must be How Many Houses Can We Cram In??
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Another pretty spot in the Jardin Exotique.
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Another pretty spot in the Jardin Exotique.
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What everyone goes to Monaco for (if they are not going to gamble at the Casino) the photos of big fancy yachts.
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What everyone goes to Monaco for (if they are not going to gamble at the Casino) the photos of big fancy yachts.
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