A backward look at autumn

Finally, after the long dry summer and autumn, it looks as if winter is on its way. For the next couple of weeks the Météo is actually predicting some days when the sun will not shine unbroken from dawn to dusk. And in terms of temperatures we’ve already had some nights that have seen  -4°C and where the fire has been very welcome. It is generally assumed round here that the true winter period is little more than two months – from early December to early February – a fact viewed enviously by the inhabitants of colder central and northern France.  So as we tiptoe away out of autumn we thought we’d post some photographs that have been sitting on the computer for a while.

Most of the sailing ships that were moored off Cannes in early autumn are either laid up for winter or, in the case of the bigger ones, have set sail for the Caribbean.

Visiting interesting old churches is more fun when there’s appropriate music being played!

Yes, it is indeed a man on a motorbike wearing a stork on his head. This was just one of about 100 colourful motorbikes all with flags or costumed riders, that blocked our passage one Saturday in the countryside. Provence attracts bizarre events like this.

The plaque on the right may not be very easy to read but marks the place where on the coast not far from us, Napoleon disembarked in 1799 after his conquest of Egypt. It tactfully overlooks the fact that he came back with far fewer ships than he went out with: he lost 13 of his 17 ships to Nelson in the Battle of the Nile.

And finally, you never know what you are going to see when you visit Cannes!

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