antibes, france

After five days of making our way from Toulouse through villages, gorges, and countryside, Antibes was our first stop as we finally made it to the French Riviera and the Mediterranean Sea.  Antibes aims to impress with a harbor full of yachts, and not just any yachts - on the day we were visiting, the Dilbar, which is the world's biggest yacht, was docked and sitting innocuously off to the side, dwarfing the other mega-yachts of the rich and famous that were tied up nearby.

We spent most of our time in Antibes checking out the yachts and being properly impressed by their size and the number of them that were hanging out in this town of just under 80,000 people.  Turns out the reason for this is because Port Vauban, Antibes' harbor, is Europe's largest yacht marina and thus attracts super yachts from near and far.  We also walked down to the town's main beach, the Plage de la Gravette, and along the ramparts which remain from the 16th century.  

D - It's funny how you can go your whole life without knowing that you need a yacht (or even how to spell yaught), and then you see an entire marina full of them and you realize, "yeah, I actually do need a yacht.  I could get great use out of one of these things."  

We intended to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring Nice, which we made our home base for three nights while enjoying the French Riviera, but traffic from Antibes to Nice was horrendous and it took us hours longer than we'd hoped, allowing for only about thirty minutes of daylight before sunset.  More to come on Nice later, as we didn't get a chance to really see it until later in our trip. :)

See more from our road trip around southern France: our day in Toulouse here, and all of our stops on our first day: Cahors, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Bouzies, Rocamadour, Padirac CaveLoubressac, and Figeac.  We began our second day in Marcillac-Vallon and Belcastel, made a stop at the Viaduc de Millau before heading into the Gorges du Tarn, and finally checked out the lovely Sainte-Enimie.  That night, we stayed in Le-Pont-de-Montvert.  

We started our third day in Labeaume before driving through the Gorges de l'Ardeche and stopping afterwards in Aiguèze and then spending some time checking out Roman remains in Orange and staying the night in Vaison-la-Romaine.  The next morning we explored Vaison-la-Romaine, drove on to Sisteron and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and through the Gorges du Verdon and stayed the night in Castellane.

The morning of the fifth day of our road trip, we drove to Grasse, onto Saint-Paul-de-Vence, and then to Antibes.