My… Our route over the last few days!
Its been an exciting week for me. Deidre arrived safely from SA and immediately took to the foreign flavours and sounds. I had to adapt however, having another person on the bike and having to show Deidre how we would survive the small space for the next couple of weeks.
No time wasted we dropped all the stuff at the Hotel and headed for downtown Barcelona. We parked at the many motorbike parking spots and set off on foot…
First up, the beach!
Spain is scattered with small cafe’s everywhere. We stopped of every few KM to grab a beer/wine and some Tapas. The city is really old with many old monuments and old buildings stacked up next to each other. There is also a modern and very chic side to the city. New hotels and an impressive marina are stretched along the shoreline.
We ended our day with drinks on the beach and just relished the foreign places and prices. I mean 8.50EU for a beer is what I thought only movie starts paid.
We where both eager to get on the road as we are heading towards London to meet up with old friends. We only have a week to get there so we decided to see some more sites and then take the road NE towards France.
On our way out we spotted the sign Montserrat. Its a mountain just outside Barcelona and home to a beautiful monastery. We drove up the mountain and explored the sights. Quite impressive. Its was built a long time ago and was a place of worship and solitude. Thats all I can remember from the guide book I read in the shop.
After lunch on the bench, we decided to get some air through the jackets and headed towards France. So started our difficulty to get miles behind us. After about 150km we saw a sign showing a beach. I could feel Deidre move behind me and I took the offramp. We headed towards a small town by the name of Roses. After stopping and the super market and stocking up on some ready made pizzas, beer and wine we took on the forever battle to find a hotel at a decent price. One was found and we headed to the beach for a pizza and beer night on the beach.
The mornings are quite a difficult affair as we only get up at 9am and only hit the road after 11am. This is due to the late nights that we are enduring. Now I now what you think but its not quite the case. The sun only sets at 10pm. So you only want to go out after 11pm. Before you know its 2am and you are on your way to the hotel.
So after 11am we joined the motorway towards France. We were heading towards Nice… or so we thought. We paid and paid and paid the bloody tolls. Its really expensive here, something that through all my planning I wasnt prepared for. Our budget was way over for the day(as always) and we opted for a lunch in the park.
This is what you get for your buck… not so bad I guess.
After 500 odd KM we pulled of at a gas station and asked the lady behind the counter where a good place to sleep will be. She advised us of a small town… Bandol.
We tried to find somewhere to stay for the night but it was just to expensive. So we headed off for Toulon and found a small hotel in the centre of town. It was a good option as I needed new tyres and there was a BMW dealer in Toulon.
After getting new tires we headed for the famous soutern France town of St Tropez.
Its quite shocking when you roll up to a town like this and see what the French rich and famous do with their money. For an average SA guy this is crazy! There are just yachts and sport cars parked and moored everywhere. Its cool to see, cool to experience but after not too long you want to get out there!
We headed out for Cannes, where the film festival is held. On the way we stopped for lunch and a swim.
In Cannes we stopped for a cup of coffee.
After almost french slapping the stupid waiter for not wanting to charge the coffee to my credit card(which was 8EU) we headed for Nice. We spent the night in a proper hostel and met some SA guys and got some cocktails in.
This morning we headed out to one of our highlites. Monaco.
Monaco is not what you expect… its more! Its clean, very congested and the feeling of money and wealth is eminent! Just a few minutes in town and the first Ferrari passed us, followed by the next. Then an Audi R8 driven by a guy that cannot be older than 12. Its Monaco and its the way its is here I guess!
We drove down to the world famous Monaco yacht club and Grand Prix Circuit! It was pretty cool!
After an hour or two we decided that we needed to get a move on as the snow was melting in the Alps! 🙂
What followed was the best riding day of my life. I cannot explain how awesome it was. The Alps is fantastic! Small narrow mountain roads, most of the time 2 cars cant pass each other at the same time and snow capped mountains!
The best riding day of my life!
So after a fun filled and relatively cold day we found a small hotel nestled in the French Alps!
So tomorrow we are of to somewhere in the Alps and then on to Paris!
Its times like these that I realise how blessed I am to be here. With Deidre, my Bike and snow capped mountains!
See you in Paris!
Le Sauze, Franch Alps
Enjoy Paris I loved it there xxxxx
Great stuff Ri, lyk of jul n awesome tyd het… Geniet elke oomblik, ons almal wens ons was julle…
Hi there the 2 of you!!! Just loved the NEW posting on the blog, especially the pics in the snow. It is a dream come true for Deidre and we look forward to many more of ” just the 2 of us” postings!!!!! ENJOY and we love you!!!
My good heavens Riaan is there a spring in your words today, well it just goes to show you what our girls do to us!. I am so happy for you guys. Riaan please give me your opinion on a small technical question;, after all these km’s in varying conditions ie sand etc how would a chain drive have stood up? is the shaft drive still a better drive solution? Apart from the Eifel tower I think a place in Paris that you will find spiritually uplifting is the Sacre Coer Basilica on Montmatre. anyway folks enjoy “le trip” through France until the next Blog. regards Erich
Hi Erich. Its much of a muchness i think.
luvvvvv the lunches! mmmmm
excellent and exciting. all of us wishing we were there!
jys ‘n ware legende, jyt jou 1200 nou al gery van die stof van Afrika tot die wit sneeu van Europa!! Hoop jy en jou noointjie het ‘n fantastiese en onvergeetlike tyd saam!! Groete en seen!