Cascade Lake Falls…..

Cascade Lake Falls…..

Okay first thing is first breakfast!

So off to Bliss Cafe for fantastic gluten free and vegan pancakes

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Also for the readers who say we do not healthily we ordered a dip!

Vegetables, hoummus, guacamole and cashew cheese
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Afterwards we headed back to the hotel. Opposite the hotel is a bike hire company, we enquired about rates and what bikes they have, the prices were very reasonable. Will be back here.
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Also around the hotel is a coffee shop, ice cream parlour and a general store
Hotel
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Coffee shop
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General store
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After stocking up on sun tan lotion we headed over to the Taylor Creek visitor centre
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Unfortunately it was closed!
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On the drive to Cascade waterfalls car park
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The start of the walk to Cascade waterfalls
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Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 6800′ / 6910′
Mileage (one way): 1 mile
Directions to Trailhead : Take Highway 89 north from South Lake Tahoe approximately 8 miles to the Bayview Campground across from Inspiration Point.You will find parking is located at the far end of the campground.
Trail : Look for the trailhead sign at the far end of the parking area. There is some limited parking so in the summer months you might want to get an early start to guarantee a spot. The hike is a fairly easy and at a good pace you can make it to the falls in roughly 40 minutes.. There are spots with trail rocks that you need to step up or down. This is a good easy hike if you want to get out and see some beautiful scenery, but not wear yourself out. It’s a great place to pack a lunch into so you can relax, take in the views and enjoy your break near the falls. The surrounding large rock outcroppings are impressive as trees seem to grow out of small cracks. Kids would enjoy this “not to long of a hike” with a wonderful creek and rushing falls at the end. The creek is really running hard in the late spring, early summer and slows way down in the fall.

Views from the walk
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The walk is very easy but is was fun to see people coming back from the walk commenting how difficult the walk is!!

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Cascade waterfall

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Our quiet picnic spot
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We were joined by a curious chipmunk
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We took a crazy route down, at some points it was easier sitting down to come down!
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Way down
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Amazing views of Cascade Lake, the lake further away is Lake Tahoe
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Amazing flowers growing in unusual places
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Whose idea was this crazy way down?!
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This was our route down!
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Path back to the car park
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Room light switch
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Back at the hotel we played a game of mastermind before heading off to dinner at Cafe Bliss….well it is a good restaurant!

Good old burger!
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A blissful burrito
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After dinner we drove to the east of the lake to view the sunset. On holiday you do not mind driving forty minutes to see a sunset, as home we would just look out of the window, if you cannot see it, it is not a big deal!!

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Views from Mount Rosa overlook
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Mt. Rose may be the second tallest peak in Tahoe basin and prominent feature of the northern Lake Tahoe skyline.

More views from Mount Rosa
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Advertising for Toyota! Hope they pay us for this!
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Views from Mount Rosa were amazing, but we could not see the sunset. Therefore we drove back to the lake shore.

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The arty shot!
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On the way back we stopped at South Lake Tahoe
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Lake Tahoe by night

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Back at the hotel we finished the mastermind game we started earlier. Then off to bed!

Lake Tahoe…..

Lake Tahoe…..

Laundry day is here, so an early morning trip (7am) to Mr Suds, the laundry in South Lake Tahoe.

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Even though we are only traveling for three weeks, it is still best to travel lightly.

Back at the hotel I said to Sangeet we need to figure out where to eat. Sangeet suggested checking happy cow for vegan restaurants, I was surprised to find one:

Simple Bliss Vegan Cafe
2540 Lake Tahoe Blvd. #7
Located in the Swiss Chalet Village
South Lake Tahoe
California
USA
t: +1 530 542 1474
e: Sandi@simpleBlissCafe.com
Pictures of the restaurant
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Dare you try the chilli sauce?!
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Vegan burger
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Vegan and gluten free French toast
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Negotiating the burger!
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The meals were fantastic. Simple Bliss Cafe is a great vegan restaurant. All the dishes can also be made gluten free.

We will be back to Simple Bliss Cafe….

Afterwards we drove through downtown and stopped at the beach. It was a few minutes walk from the busy end of the beach, here we took some yoga pictures for class posters etc.

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The quiet side of the beach
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Kundalini yoga pose
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The busier side of the beach
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Beautiful clear water
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Walkway next to the beach, here you have access to seating and barbecues
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We then drove to the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, stopping off at various vista points
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Logan Shoals Vista a fantastic vista point to take photographs. There is parking available and a short walk to the vista point.
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Our roadside snack
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The views of Lake Tahoe seems to be better from the Nevada side, maybe it seems that way as it is very sunny today.
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Driving along with marvellous views of the lake. We also stopped at Memorial Point and took a short walk along the lakeshore.

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Amazing views
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Sangeet made her way to the top of this waterfall, by hanging onto trees!!
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We drove full circle around Lake Tahoe today.

For dinner, back to Bliss Cafe
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The drinks are amazing and worth trying
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On the menu there is more then just the burger, honest!
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Cheesecake, made out of cashew, it was so yummy!!
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Back at the hotel we relaxed in the common area
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Movie time!
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We watched ‘The Blind Side’. The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It is written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. The storyline features Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who plays for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringing, through his years at Wingate Christian School (a fictional representation of Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee), his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football, then finally becoming a first round pick in the NFL by the Baltimore Ravens .

So wrapped up with technology, at one point I was using the laptop, iPad and iPhone whilst watching the movie!
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I truly recommend watching this movie, a fantastic and heart warming story!

Exhausting…..!

Exhausting…..!

A very early morning start, we set off to London at 4am, I managed to get 2 hours sleep, Sangeet did not sleep!

We parked the car at my brother in laws house. It was good to see everybody especially my niece who for the first time I saw awake from a nights sleep. She does a full stretch lifts her head, has a look at who is in the room then has a snooze! Btw she is two years old.

Randeep, my brother in-law drove us to Heathrow airport, the United Airlines flight to San Francisco departs from terminal one.

Check in queues for the United Airlines flights were very long, I would advise checking in at least 2 hours prior to your flight. We checked in one and a half hours before the flight. Luckily a United Airlines staff member asked if anyone was checking in for the San Francisco flight, we were fast tracked through the queue.

Once through security we had a few minutes to browse the shops, where Sangeet purchased a scarf and rucksack.

The walk to gate 48 takes around 15 minutes.

Onboard the Boeing 747-400, the plane was looking a bit old and in need of a upgrade. I could not believe you do not get your own personal television, I thought that sharing a television between 100 other travellers was a thing of the past.

The food onboard was not the best, luckily mum had packed food for us.

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After a rough flight, where I just could not sleep. We touched down at San Francisco. It is so funny , when one flies business class a ten hour flight seems like 5 hours, in economy class a ten hour flight feels like twenty hours!

At San Francisco

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On arrival you go through the standard customs and baggage collection, the immigration officer was very chatty, which is unlike them….they usually do not say a thing.

We took the air train to the Hertz rental depot, picked up a rental and started the drive to Nevada City.

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The traffic was heavy and it took us 4 hours where as with no traffic it would have taken 2.5 hours. I was shattered and very hungry, so we stopped off at the gas station for coffee and a bag of Funyuns. A fantastic combination.

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Nearer to Shady Creek the drive was through amazing tall trees the views were breath taking….it perked me up, or was that the coffee?

The course we are attending is at:
Life-Force Formula Immersion Retreat
Wednesday June 5th– Sunday June 9th
Shady Creek Retreat Center
18601 Pathfinder Way
Nevada City,
CA
Life-Force Formula Immersion Retreat

Which was taught by Jai Dev Singh.

On our arrival we registered and the very kind lady offered us some amazing food.

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Whilst eating we listened to a lecture by Jai Dev Singh

After a class and yoga, which unfortunately I missed as I was asleep in the class, we headed to our cabin.

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I was exhausted, as soon as my head hit the bed I was out, I would have said pillow but we did not have one!!

Cafe Kino, Bristol UK…..

Cafe Kino, Bristol UK…..

After spending a couple of days in Taunton, Somerset, we drove to a vegan restaurant in Bristol:

Cafe Kino
108 Stokes Croft,
Bristol,
Avon
T: +44 117 924 9200
W: www.cafe-kino.com

As it was a Saturday we managed to find parking in a side street, please note, there are parking restrictions in force on weekdays.

The area seems to be a very arty side of Bristol, there was some fantastic graffiti on the surrounding buildings.

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On entering Cafe Kino you feel a fantastic vibe, the staff are friendly and have a great knowledge of the ingredients of the dishes.

We both ordered the breakfast. A great selection, ‘sausage,’ ‘bacon,’ beans, fried bread, mushrooms, hash browns and tomato. As Sangeet does not eat gluten the cafe substituted the sausage, hash brown and bread for home made chips and a slice of chickpea base pizza.

My breakfast:

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Sangeet’s breakfast:

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Whilst at the counter I noticed a awesome chocolate cake, so just had to order a slice:

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The breakfast was enjoyed by both of us and we can definitely recommend this restaurant. There are lots of good options (soup, stew, burgers, falafel, salads to name a few…and some tasty desserts). The atmosphere was very relaxed, nice to see people reading and slowing down.

Our last day…..

Our last day…..

This morning we both watched the sunrise again, it was spectacular

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On a Sunday they have a flea market on the road leading up to the medieval village

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Today is also our last day here, we fly back to the UK. It has been a fantastic few days and we were sad to leave this awesome location. On a happier side we are only two hours direct flight from here so will definitely come back to explore different areas.

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We headed back to the hotel to checkout. Afterwards we visited a gallery where we saw a very nice painting of Eze, unfortunately it was closed. We walked up to another gallery but decided against purchasing a painting from there, not to my high standards! Well after staying at this hotel my standards have gone up!!

On the way out we met Merlin and Susie, it was great to see them again. Hopefully we shall meet soon.

We drove back to Nice taking the lower basse corniche

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The drive goes through Cap Ferrat.

Cap Ferrat is situated in Alpes-Maritimes département, in southeastern France. It is located in the commune of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Saint Hospitius lived here as a recluse during the sixth century. Thus, the cape is sometimes called Cap-Saint-Hospice or Cap-Saint-Sospis.

Once the domain of King Leopold II of Belgium, Cap Ferrat is now graced with a number of magnificent villas. The writer W. Somerset Maugham bought Villa Mauresque (originally built for Leopold’s father-confessor) in 1928 and lived there before and after World War II. He described it in a letter to his nephew, Robin Maugham, as “the escape hatch from Monaco for those burdened with taste.” Current famous residents include Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in Villa Maryland and theatrical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Driving through Cap Ferrat, one can smell the money!!

Once we got to Nice we drove around this town, a town like any other, big, busy, people are in a rush (even on a Sunday!!) we also drove around the Promenade Anglais, a celebrated promenade along the Mediterranean at Nice, France.

Before Nice was urbanized, the coast at Nice was just bordered by a deserted band of beach. The first houses were located on higher ground well away from the sea.

Starting in the second half of the 18th century, the English took to spending the winter in Nice, enjoying the panorama along the coast. When a particularly harsh winter up north brought an influx of beggars to Nice, some of the rich Englishmen proposed a useful project for them: the construction of a walkway (chemin de promenade) along the sea.

The city of Nice, intrigued by the prospect of a pleasant promenade, greatly increased the scope of the work. The Promenade was first called the Camin deis Anglés (the English Way) by the Niçois in their native dialect Nissart. After the annexation of Nice by France in 1860 it was rechristened La Promenade des Anglais, replacing the former Nissart name with its French translation.

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We drove past Speak Easy, vegan restaurant in Nice

Le Speakeasy
7 rue Lamartine,
06000
Nice,
France

Unfortunately it was closed, so as we had three hours to spare before our flight home we decided on driving on to Antibes.

Antibes is a resort town in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.

It lies on the Mediterranean in the Côte d’Azur, located between Cannes and Nice. The town of Juan-les-Pins is within the commune of Antibes. The Sophia-Antipolis technology park is northwest of Antibes.

There are 48 beaches along the 25 km (16 miles) of coastline that surround Antibes and Juan les Pins.

Museums

Archaeology Museum This museum sits atop the Promenade Amiral de Grasse in the old Bastion St Andre, a 17th-century fortress. The museum’s collection focuses on the classical history of Antibes. Many artifacts, sculptures and amphorae found in local digs and shipwrecks from the harbour are displayed here. The views of the sea and mountains from the promenade are also spectacular.

Naval Museum of Napoleon Housed in a 17th-century stone fort and tower, this museum presents a collection of Napoleonic memorabilia, paintings and naval models. Several wall paintings show historic moments in Napoleon’s reign and there are also pieces of his clothing such as one of the hats he once wore.

Picasso Museum This museum houses one of the world’s greatest Picasso collections: 24 paintings, 44 drawings, 32 lithographs, 11 oils on paper, 80 pieces of ceramics, two sculptures and five tapestries.

La Tour Museum This small museum in the centre of town brings the contemporary history of Antibes to life through its exhibit of costumes, tools, photographs and other objects used by the local people.

Absinthe Museum The Absinthe Museum is located in a basement in the Roman foundations of Old Antibes. It is dedicated to the manufacture and appreciation of this green liqueur.

It would be nice to revisit Antibes to look around the museums when we have more time in the future.

Here we had a hot chocolate at a nice Italian cafe

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Well I had hot chocolate, Sangeet had an apple juice.

The rain had now stopped and the sun had come out and brightened everything up. It is amazing how when the sun comes out everything just looks so much better. We went for a walk along the coast

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One has to be careful whilst walking here as there is plenty of renegade dog leavings. I really do not know why owners cannot clean up after their dogs!!

After a short while we headed to the airport, returned the car to Avis and boarded our plane.

Poster at the airport

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Exploring the hotel and the medieval village…..

Exploring the hotel and the medieval village…..

This morning we watched the sun rise.

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After a relaxed morning in the suite, we walked to Eze village. Here in France because there is no artificial preservatives, one has to eat the bread on the same day it is made. The bread tastes fantastic, so off we went to get some more!

View of the medieval Eze village from the village below.

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The boulangerie!

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The lady recognised us as Sikhs, which is always great to see. She saw a documentary on Nihang Sikhs and it impressed her very much. She shared the information she learnt with us. She was also laughing when she said the British used to be in India, now the Indians are in England!

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Eze village
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We then popped into the local supermarket to get snacks.

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Hotel entrance
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After a fantastic breakfast we then enjoyed the hotel grounds.

Views from the hotel grounds

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Hotel swimming pool

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Many of the staff here knew we are Sikhs, they are always happy to see us.

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Around the hotel there are a number of statues

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Steps leading to and from the hotel to the gardens

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Your move

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After having a walk around the hotel gardens, we came back to the suite so I could enjoy a snack!

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We then went for a walk around the medieval village of Eze.

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Here there are many galleries and cafes

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Another picture of the many artists here

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At the top of the village is Jardin Exotique, an amazing garden growing many cacti and other plants. The entry fee is 6 Euros per person.

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Views overlooking the village

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An Agave plant

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Back at the hotel, where cars like this Aston Martin were a familiar sight

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In the evening we drove to Loving Hut, Menton. You would think by now we would have been bored of this restaurant, but honestly speaking this has been a superb restaurant with great food and great company. It has a fantastic energy, the staff are so calm and peaceful.

Passing Monaco on the way

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After Monaco we drove through Cap Martin

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One of the many huge houses here

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Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Ròcabruna Caup Martin in Occitan, Roccabruna-Capo Martino in Italian) is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France between Monaco and Menton. The name was changed from Roquebrune to differentiate the town from Roquebrune-sur-Argens in the neighboring Var Department.

At Loving Hut

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Back at the hotel

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Night time walk around the medieval village

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