In My Viewfinder: One Week In France & A Lot More To Go

Strolling along the seaside at La Seyne-sur-Mer yesterday evening. Look closely, there’s a ship in the background. Appears to be a Royal Caribbean vessel. @ 2012 Ralph Grizzle

One week ago today, I was leaving Copenhagen, en route to Nice, France, via Frankfurt, Germany, where a strike by Lufthansa was full on. I made it through Frankfurt, landed in lovely Nice, where I met with Avid Cruiser’s star videographer, Chris Stanley, and thus began our one-month-plus project to film more than a dozen cruise ports in the south of France before crossing the Atlantic for a completely different experience, cruising the Mississippi on the American Queen.

While we still have four weeks to go, the series of photos in this post depicts only our first week in France. The photos certainly show the diversity of experiences we have been exposed to so far, with so much more ahead of us.

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A central location for Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, the Carlton Hotel in Cannes. @ 2012 Ralph Grizzle
Friendly folks & their “pets” at the Provencal Market in Antibes. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle
Lunch in La Seyne-sur-Mer. You couldn’t ask for fresher fish. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle
Marjorie, our guide, at the Absinthe Bar in Antibes where part of the fun is trying on different hats. The photo is not blurry. It’s the Absinthe. @ 2012 Ralph Grizzle 
Photographed these shutters in Antibes. Yes, I’m obsessed with the beautiful, rustic shutters. They are works of art. @ 2012 Ralph Grizzle
We’re staying overnight at a friend’s house in La Seyne-sur-Mer. @ 2012 Ralph Grizzle
I found more shutters in Villefranche’s beautiful Old Town. @ 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Check out the Flickr slideshow below. Trouble viewing it? Click here. For optimal viewing, toggle the full-screen icon and once launched, click on “Show info” for captions.

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