South of France Summer – 3

Wow. It’s been jam-packed. Really jam-packed. Tom M (1) left, Anna W and Richard K arrived. They were followed 24 hours later by Flash, Ben S and Jamie S – and a few hours, and a lot of cancelled bus journeys after that, two Australians joined our team. Well one Australian, and one recently  English to Australian convert – Sophia L (who I travelled with in India.) Sophia, who has been living down under for the last two years, hasn’t just picked up a twang of an accent, Sophia is a fully blown Australian.

So a new expanded force took on as much of Montauroux as we could manage. BBQs, Rendevous restaurant, La Marina again, a trip to the lagoon and the renowned river walk.  Calling this activity the river walk doesn’t really do the voyage justice. It’s more of a gorge hike – jumping off cliffs, over rapids, spending 90% of the time in freezing, crystal clear waters, bouncing, running, falling and without doubt, at some point, grazing oneself, the adventure is not for the faint-hearted.

Sadly what with the aforementioned hazardous terrain, one is unable to take a camera along…and thus there is no physical documentation of its existence. But trust me, it does exist – I have the scars to prove it.

Indeed, despite losing my previously unbeaten record last year to a certain Tom C, I couldn’t help but pursue victory once again…and, I’m happy to tell you dear readers, that I succeeded. It was neck and neck, it involved a rugby tackle, a scramble through a thicket of brambles which sliced into my arm, chest and leg flesh, but I did it – I beat Tom M (2) to river walk glory and have regained my champion’s title! Wahoo.

But, as I said, there are no photos of this. Instead, I offer you an assortment from the days, the meals and the nights prior. Enjoy:

Richard K and Sophia L enjoying a home cooked meal...
Richard K and Sophia L enjoying a home cooked meal…
Richard K and Alice at the Rendevous restaurant (wearing matching earrings)
Richard K and Alice at the Rendevous restaurant (wearing matching earrings)
Elle M and Anna W playing Gin or no Gin
Elle M and Anna W playing Gin or no Gin
Some more games...
Some more games…
The new team out for a large supper at the Marina
The new team out for a large supper at the Marina
Elle and her veal
Elle and her veal
Flash enjoying a spot of French rain...
Flash enjoying a spot of French rain…
Anna W in the Barbosa hat out to supper in Callian
Anna W in the Barbosa hat out to supper in Callian
Myself in the Barbosa
Myself in the Barbosa
Dancing in the square with Simmo
Dancing in the square with Simmo

And the the piece de resistance…Kenny in the Barbosa hat.

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