So long Cote d’Azur!  Thanks Ed and Nonie, for six super fun days exploring (Chagall Museum, Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa & Gardens, antiquing in old town Nice), exercising (outer path around Cap Ferret, hike up mountain at Beaulieu-sur-Mer), and eating great food (duck confit cooked by Ed, Gypsy/Latin/go figure Night in the local town park, and at Anjuna on water’s edge in Eze).  Hard to leave yesterday - can there be a better view out the window of a 3-star hotel in all of Europe?

Yesterday visit to Cannes (first photo) and Antibes, and today a boat trip on the Cote d’Azur, including to the Monte Carlo harbor.

Next chapter:  Nice!  Or more appropriately, just east of Nice, at an incredible town on the sea called Beaulieu-sur-Mer, visiting our friends Ed and Nonie, who are renting a place for three months.  Ferraris and Aston Martins everywhere, to and from Monaco. Very relaxed area, totally different than the crowds in the city.  Nice view, huh?  And they’ve got fast Internet!  Hmmm….very, very cool place to mix business and pleasure.  Today we all took the bus and went into Nice and had a mixed seafood plate, and browsed the antique stores.  Back on the balcony, fun watching the helicopters land and take off from the yachts in the harbor.  Check out the app Marine Traffic.  And if you really want to get into, check out SuperYachtFan.com!  Who knew!  

Final days of river cruise, southern France.

Photo recap of river cruise, 1 of 2, starting with Pont du Gard, remains of an aqueduct built by the Romans 2000 years ago.

OK, a little diversion from posting photos.  Now that I finally have really good Internet service, catching up on stuff requiring bandwidth.  This is a video (note: it’s 15 minutes long) that was sent by a friend.   Very interesting, you probably know this is coming (over the years, I’ve certainly seen hundreds of startups with business models that tend to reduce the reliance on humans for the biz to succeed), but if you have kids and grandkids, this should give you real pause.  Things will NOT be easier is so many ways.  Easier to spend your money, no doubt.  As I often say/write:  Oh, to be a consumer!  What a grand time for that!  Easier to make money?  Unfortunately, no.

Avignon and surrounding, including cloisters at the asylum that Van Gogh stayed in St. Remy.

Very cool to visit Roman Theater in Vienne, where Brent/Allen Stone performed last month in front of 10,000+ opening for Stevie Wonder!

Very cool to visit Roman Theater in Vienne, where Brent/Allen Stone performed last month in front of 10,000+ opening for Stevie Wonder!

Sending a few photos at a time, bandwidth issues here in France; from trips to Cluny and Beaune and Bagnols.

More photos from wine country and Lyon.