Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Sospel village near Monte Carlo

August 17, 2015 by David Herd

Sospel village near Monte Carlo

Sospel village near Monte Carlo Sospel village near Monte Carlo is a small town situated about 15km inland from the coastal resort of Menton & close to the French border with Italy. We were based in Breil Sur Roya just a short drive through the mountains.

Briel Sur Roya to Sospel & Monte Carlo

Sospel map

A short drive to the coast.

Medieval town

Sospel village near Monte Carlo This small medieval town feels almost Italian in character, maybe because it was part of Italy until 1860.


 

Relaxing in the town square

  Sospel village near Monte Carlo Sospel became prosperous in the 13th century when an important salt trading route between Nice and Turin passed through the town and those using the route paid tolls to use the bridge across the Bévéra river.  

Houses along the riverbanks

  Sospel homes   The streets of the old town contain numerous attractive medieval houses, many with decorative painted facades.  

Toll Bridge

Sospel village near Monte Carlo 

The tower in the centre of the fortified bridge was originally the toll gate for the mules using the trade route. A bridge has stood here since at least the 13th century, although it is likely the original version was built of wood. In 1522 the wooden bridge was replaced by a stone version, much as we see it today.

Viaduct beside the village

Sospel village near Monte Carlo

You can spend many days exploring the beautiful part of France.

Coffee with Deborah

  David Herd Thailand Thanks for sharing my Sospel village near Monte Carlo photo blog, lots more links below.                  

  Checkout some more of my terrific blogs on the links below.
 
Lisbon                                 New York                       Airole Italy    
                  Lisbon restaurant            Wall St New York            Airole
Menton                          Pattaya Storms                   Shibuya Tokyo
French Riviera            Pattaya Thailand            Shibuya Tokyo
Hong Kong                      Florianopolos                         Dubrovnik
Kowloon Hong Kong           Joaquina Beach Florianopolis            Dubrovnik

             

          Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .🙂
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
                                 photo Aoy 4.jpg

 

That’s all folks

David Herd Thailand


This gallery contains 1 photo.

French village Breil Sur Roya

August 16, 2015 by David Herd

Breil Sur Roya

French village Breil Sur Roya French village Breil Sur Roya is known for trout fishing. The Roya river runs through town and is open to trout anglers from March to September. Part of the trout run is reserved for fly-fishing. Trout anglers share the river with white water rafters, another popular local sport.

Beside the Roya river

French village Breil Sur Roya Take a stroll along the river front to better appreciate the town and the surrounding landscape which is very impressive with forested hills rising steeply on all sides of the town.

South of Breil

French village Breil Sur Roya

A few miles south of Breil is the beautiful Italian town of Airole where I think there is a better choice of good restaurants. Train or car only takes about 17 minutes.

Road Breil to Airole

David Herd Thailand


A short drive and you are in Italy. 

French village near Menton

French village near Menton

What a great location for a holiday.

Pizzeria

French village Breil Sur Roya

No way I’m eating pizza in France. 🙂

If you would like a discounted hotel room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Breil Sur Roya

French village Breil Sur Roya French and Italian rail lines run through Breil so it is very easy to travel anywhere. There is a great market every Friday at Ventimiglia on the border 30 minutes drive or 20 minutes by train from Breil.

Arriving from the south

French village near Menton

Entering Breil from the south.

French village Breil Sur Roya has very narrow lanes

  French village Breil Sur Roya Behind the squares running parallel to the river the narrow streets of the old town are very interesting, with many of the buildings painted in attractive pastel colours.  

Our apartment in French village Breil Sur Roya

  French village Breil Sur Roya Here are my friends Deborah Holliday and Jodie ONiell my friends from the Gold Coast in Australia who were travelling with me.  

Our road rocket

French village Breil Sur RoyaCheck out the YouTube video below.

View from our apartment

French village near Menton

Another beautiful in the mountains.

In front of our apartment in French village Breil Sur Roya

French village Breil Sur Roya Controlling the flow of the river which would be fairly wild with the melting Autumn snow.

Le Flavie restaurant rated # 2 by TripAdvisor.

David Herd Thailand

Escargot, well we are in France. 🙂

Le Flavie  French village Breil Sur RoyaThis was certainly the best restaurant in Breil Sur Roya

Deb, David & Jodie

French village Breil Sur Roya

Thanks for joining us at my French village near Menton photo blog. If you would like a discounted hotel room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Checkout some more of my terrific blogs on the links below.

Lisbon                                 New York                       Airole Italy     

Lisbon restaurant            Wall St New York            Airole

Menton                          Pattaya Storms                   Shibuya Tokyo

French Riviera            Pattaya Thailand            Shibuya Tokyo

Hong Kong                      Florianopolos                         Dubrovnik

Kowloon Hong Kong           Joaquina Beach Florianopolis            Dubrovnik

                   

                                          Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .🙂
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

That’s all folks

David Herd Thailand

This gallery contains 1 photo.

La Brigue ancient French village

August 16, 2015 by David Herd

La Brigue

La Brigue ancient French village La Brigue ancient French village north of Menton was originally part of Italy, the village was annexed to France as part of the Treaty of Paris in 1947.

Donjon tower

La Brigue ancient French village The village is both pretty and interesting, with colourful buildings, ancient churches, arcades, vaulted passages, streets to explore, and the pleasure of a fast-flowing river that’s joined by a mountain stream in the centre. The stream is called “Rio Sec”, or dry river, but was full of spring water when we were there. Many of the buildings are of natural stone and many are nicely renovated with pastel facades and green doorways and steps. The 14th-c medieval Chateau des Lascaris perched above the village is in ruins, with only some walls and a tall, round donjon tower remaining. Partial reconstruction, however, has been started, and the castle is used for medieval festival weekends. Reconstruction will be followed by archaeological digs on the site.

 Medieval stone structures

La Brigue ancient French village La Brigue is very attractive with steep rocky hills rising either side, also there are several important monuments.

ANCIENT STONE FOUNTAIN

La Brigue ancient French village This fountain is dated 1741.

The water tastes so pure & cold

David Herd Thailand

This water is worth bottling.

Homes in La Brigue

La Brigue ancient French village

Wonderful ancient stone buildings.

La Brigue French village

La Brigue ancient French village
As you can imagine there are not too many hotels in La Brigue, Hotel Le Terminus is a good choice, excellent rates if you book through this link.

St Martin collegiate church

La Brigue ancient French village

I rarely enter a church however in La Brique I made an exception.

St Martin collegiate church

La Brigue ancient French village

A great shot of the local church.

Ancient buildings & narrow lanes

 photo Labrigue 2.jpg

One of the fascinating cobblestone lanes.

 La Brigue French village

La Brigue ancient French village

La Brique is a great example of a typical French mountain village.

La Brigue is on the Roya river

La Brigue ancient French village

Perched on the banks of the Sur Roya.

Looks like it will last 1000 years

La Brigue ancient French village

I’m guessing it has been there 1000 years already.

Deborah Holliday & Jodie ONiell

La Brigue ancient French village These lovely ladies from the Gold Coast were my travelling companions. We were based at Breil Sur Roya between Saorge & Airole.

David Herd at La Brigue

La Brigue ancient French village

Thanks for joining me at my La Brigue French village photo blog. Lots more photo links below.

                    Please check out these fabulous posts
 
        Gold Coast                              Pattaya                          Cinque Terre
 photo IMG_0913.jpg         Walking St Pattaya          Manarola Cinque Terre
    Rio de Janeiro                      Singapore                       Eastern Europe
Carnivale Rio Di Janeiro         Singapore skyline         David Herd Thailand
   Bangkok Bars                          Tokyo                          Cape Town Safari
Soi Cowboy Bangkok          photo ShabuseninGinza4.jpg          Cape Town Safari
                 Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                    through these links below. Book now & pay later. 🙂
                              Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

David Herd Thailand

This gallery contains 0 photos

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

August 15, 2015 by David Herd

Let the games begin

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village has a quintessential main town square where everybody gathers to play chess, socialise and relax in the sunshine.

Early evening in Airole

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

 One of my favourite Italian villages 14 km south of Breil and 14 km north of Ventimiglia on the coast. A beautiful Italian medieval village with a population of 461, it has a delightful town square where the locals meet to chat, play chess & enjoy a vino or an espresso.


 

Town square

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Everyone gathers here to chat & socialise.

Discussing serious business

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The world cup was being played & I’m guessing these gentlemen were discussing the teams.

Enjoying a cold beer

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Well it was a beautiful summers day. 🙂

Deborah & Jodie

   

Homes in Airole

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Very peaceful & quiet.

The town square

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The local will gather here later to watch the world cup football on TV.

July 2010 and the World Cup is on.

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The TV is set up in the village square.

The Roya river

   photo At Airole 1.jpg On the road to Airole just south of Breil Sur Roya.   The Upper Roya Valley begins at the Col de Tende (1871 m) on the French-Italian border. It runs south about 35 km to Breil-sur-Roya and then another 8 km to where it crosses back into Italy. (The Lower Roya Valley flows into the Mediterranean at Ventimiglia.) TheUpper Roya Valley is a region of mountains and valleys, with swift rivers, thick forests, and villages with an Italian flavor.  

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Located just beside the French border.

Road to Airole

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The road winds up to the village.

Narrow lanes

  Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village OK, time to find a nice restaurant in Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village.

Local restaurant

  Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village  And here it is. 🙂

Veal scallopini al funghi

  Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village My favourite Italian dish, so far this trip I have had it in Como, Fanghetto & now Airole.  

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

It’s now July so to warm for firewood.

Nestled in the mountains

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The village is sheltered by the mountain range.

Ancient water fountain

  David Herd Thailand In Airole there are hidden treasures around every corner.  

 Is David Herd in Airole? I’m looking for David Herd.

  Airole Medieval Italian village A guy can dream can’t he? 🙂  

A very peaceful village

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Thanks for sharing my Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village photo blog, I will certainly return one day.

                        Please check out these fabulous posts
 
        Gold Coast                              Pattaya                          Cinque Terre
 photo IMG_0913.jpg         Walking St Pattaya          Manarola Cinque Terre
    Rio de Janeiro                      Singapore                       Eastern Europe
Carnivale Rio Di Janeiro         Singapore skyline         David Herd Thailand
   Bangkok Bars                          Tokyo                          Cape Town Safari
Soi Cowboy Bangkok          photo ShabuseninGinza4.jpg          Cape Town Safari
               Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                  through these links below.  Book now & pay later. 🙂
                              Bangkok Hotels                    London Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Mowbray Court hotel
Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

David Herd Thailand

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Menton French Italian border

August 11, 2015 by David Herd

Menton shopping

Menton French Italian border Menton French Italian border is certainly one of my favourite towns on the French Riviera, in fact I intend to make it my base the next time I visit this wonderful part of the world.

Side-walk restaurants & galleries

Menton French Italian border

Menton is certainly overlooked by many tourists & travellers, to me it is much nicer than many of the more popular Riviera locations.

Art gallery

French Italian border

So many interesting shops & restaurants in Menton.

Beautiful restaurant setting

David Herd Australia

Of course one of the main pastimes in France is food and there are many good restaurants to choose from here.

While we are on the subject of food
  Menton French Italian border Wonderful French Oysters, even though I now live in Thailand I often enjoy these succulent molluscs which are regularly imported fresh from France.
What a magnificent combination of colours in this seafood pasta

  David Herd Pattaya It tasted every bit as good as it looks. 🙂

Creme Brulee to finish

  Menton restaurants Now that’s what I call a perfect lunch.

So many restaurants & so little time

  David Herd Thailand This is where I enjoyed the wonderful food you see above.

The restaurant was next door to Le Nautic

French Riviera

It’s very easy to get around Menton by car.

Bastion Museum

  Menton French Italian border  Jean Cocteau, painter and poet, became involved in the restoration and decoration of the Bastion, a small fort of the XVII century, in order to convert it into an exhibition place for his work.

One of the many beaches

Menton French Italian border

One of the most popular coastlines in the world.

Comfortable on the rocks?

Menton French Italian border Probably not too comfortable, however I would be very happy lying beside her, I would gladly put up with the pain from the pebbles. :)

High density living

  Menton French Italian borderOn the left is the Basilique Saint Michel.

City view

Menton French Italian border

A great view overlooking the harbour and beach.

Harbour view

Menton French Italian border

Some of the thousands of boats on the French Riviera.

Crowded Marina

Menton

Sun, sand & boats, however many of the Riviera beaches have pebbles instead of sand.

Breakwater

Menton French Riviera

It seems to be shaped like a large anchor.

The old cemetery

  Menton French Italian border The previous photos have been taken from the Old Cemetery which is worth a visit. Great view of the old city and harbour.

Old Cemetery overlooking Menton

Menton French Italian border

Some very ancient grave stones here.

The old border checkpoint Menton French Italian border

 photo Menton 2.jpg Italy is just round the corner from the French Riviera… In fact, if you are in Menton, you can just walk across the border! The Italian town of Ventimiglia is located at the terminus of the coastal railway line that runs between Nice and Monaco. 

Menton is the perfect location

 photo St Tropez to Cinque Terre 2.jpg

Menton is the perfect location to stay, 2 hours west to Saint Tropez, 3.5 hours east to the Cinque Terre and 45 minutes north to Breil Sur Roya one of my favourite villages.

                         Aussie girls

David Herd Thailand Here are my 2 travelling companions from the Gold Coast in Australia, Jodie ONeill & Deborah Holliday. Many thanks for visiting my Menton French Italian border photo blog.

 
Please check out these fabulous posts
 
        Gold Coast                              Pattaya                          Cinque Terre
Menton French Italian border         Walking St Pattaya          Manarola Cinque Terre
    Rio de Janeiro                      Singapore                       Eastern Europe
Carnivale Rio Di Janeiro         Singapore skyline         David Herd Thailand
     Bangkok Bars                          Tokyo                          Cape Town Safari
Soi Cowboy Bangkok          photo ShabuseninGinza4.jpg          Cape Town Safari
               Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                    through these links below. Book now & pay later. 🙂
                              Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

Sing it for me please Edith. 🙂

 

This gallery contains 2 photos

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

August 10, 2015 by David Herd

Pebbles on the beach

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera the very cosmopolitan city of Nice was originally founded by the Greeks & later became a retreat for 19th-century Europe’s elite. The lacklustre port area is rapidly filling up with the city’s coolest restaurants and bars.

July 2010 marked 150 years since the Mediterranean city was ceded to France as a reward for French help in the second Italian war of independence against Austria. The locally born Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi was irate about the handover, knowing well – as generations of film stars, millionaires, princes, mafiosi and tourists would later come to realise – that France had quite a trophy on its hands.

Iconic sea-blue chairs

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

While away the hours on one of its iconic sea-blue chairs rather than lay on the uncomfortable pebbles.

 36 Hours in Nice

A very nice You Tube video courtesy of The New York Times. 

 Private beach area

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

 The private beaches offer very comfortable sun chairs, umbrellas, and full service to their very EXPENSIVE bars. It’s a nice get away from the hordes of people on the public beaches, and the chairs are much more comfortable than the rocks.

Beach resort French Riviera Nice

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

 

Many of these private areas actually have sand instead of pebbles.

This can’t be comfortable

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

However I would be very happy lying beside her, I would gladly put up with the pain from the pebbles. 🙂

The very congested boat harbour

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

 

I bet there is a long waiting list for a berth.

Toys and Condominiums

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

As in many other cities on the French Riviera you can really smell the money here. 🙂

Church Maria Sine Labe Concepta

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

This rather impressive church overlook the harbour in Nice.

Blue Vision 44m Benetti

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera ‘BLUE VISION’ was built in 2007 by Benetti and last refitted in 2012. The yacht’s interior has been designed by Zuretti and her exterior styling is by Stefano Righini. Blue Vision’s interior layout sleeps up to 10 guests in 5 staterooms, including a master suite, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins and 2 pullman beds. She is also capable of carrying up to 9 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. Timeless styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating feature throughout her living areas to create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere. With a cruising speed of 12 knots, a maximum speed of 15 knots and a range of 4606nm from her 63000 litre fuel tanks, she is the perfect combination of performance and luxury.

Beach resort French Riviera Nice

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

Sometimes written off as staid and sleepy, France’s fifth city is is thriving, tourism is a huge business in Nice, but the city also has one of Europe’s biggest technology parks, hosting 1,200 international companies.

Strolling along the promenade.

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

Nice’s Promenade des Anglais is part of the heart of this seaside French city. Nice’s Promenade des Anglais is lined with cafes situated directly on the beach, and it’s a bustling area active with cyclists, runners, walkers and roller bladers.

At this very spot in 2016 there was a shocking “terrorist” attack on revelers enjoying a Bastille Day fireworks display. Sadly 84 innocent people perished.

Hmm, which way to go?

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

Well I’m heading for Menton.

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera  

 photo 21cff58a-0263-4df2-8fcc-41ec9b7269fd.jpg

Look closely you may see some rocks instead of sand. Rocks, what rocks? I don’t see any rocks. 🙂

 On the way to Nice.

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

This was only a few miles from Nice, I had driven from St Tropez and after Nice I headed for Monte Carlo.

Thanks for visiting my Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera photo blog.

                      Please check out these fabulous posts
 
        Gold Coast                              Pattaya                          Cinque Terre
 photo IMG_0913.jpg         Walking St Pattaya          Manarola Cinque Terre
    Rio de Janeiro                      Singapore                       Eastern Europe
Carnivale Rio Di Janeiro         Singapore skyline         David Herd Thailand
     Bangkok Bars                          Tokyo                          Cape Town Safari
Soi Cowboy Bangkok          photo ShabuseninGinza4.jpg          Cape Town Safari
               Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                    through these links below. Book now & pay later. 🙂
                              Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

This gallery contains 3 photos

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

May 2, 2014 by David Herd

Let the games begin.

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez, a place for sheer opulence, people watching, & great restaurants and bars. Please remember to take your money with you. 🙂

Boules-type games are traditional and popular in FranceItaly and Croatia, and are also popular in some former French colonies. In those countries, boules games are often played in open spaces (town squares and parks) in villages and towns. Dedicated playing areas for boules-type games are typically large, level, rectangular courts made of flattened earth, gravel, or crushed stone, enclosed in wooden rails or back boards.

Paella anyone?

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

The huge place des Lices Market is a kaleidoscope of everything from fruit and veg to antique mirrors and slippers. It’s truly legendary and It is studded with plane trees, cafés and (when the market’s not on) pétanque players.

Saturday is market day in St Tropez

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

The seaside resort town Saint Tropez is still very popular with the tourists, although the jetset and the in-crowd have long since left it behind. Set on the lovely blue water of the Bay of Saint-Tropez, this modern version of a medieval town is most popular for the line of yachts along the quay, and the facing line of terrace cafés, divided by a parade of strolling tourists.

Look at me, look at me. 🙂

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

Naturally all the chairs face the footpath so customers can ogle & gawk at the people passing, while pretending not too. 🙂

The famous Cafe de Paris.

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

There is of course another famous Cafe de Paris in Monte Carlo.

So many restaurants & so little time. 🙂

Wealthy play in sexy St Tropez

I guess I’m stating the obvious however you can get far better value for your money by visiting the restaurants a couple of blocks away from the sea front.

The old part of town is quite fascinating.

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

Behind the cafés, the small streets and old buildings are picturesque, but they’re more popular for the multitude of shops and restaurants than historical significance.

The back streets are interesting

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

Very interesting back streets of ST Tropez.

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

There are always luxury yachts cruising in the area.

Narrow lanes & arches

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

I’m sure this arch has not changed for hundreds of years.

L’Olive St Tropez

Wealthy play in sexy St Tropez

Very good food at L’Olive at 9 Rue Aire du Chemin, 83990 Saint-Tropez.

Wealthy play in sexy St Tropez          Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez          Wealthy play in sexy St Tropez

A very brassy lady

Wealthy play in sexy St Tropez

Surely this can’t be Bridgette Bardot. 🙂

Could this be a Trojan Horse?

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez I really like this sculpture near St Tropez wharf.

Deborah Holliday & Jodie ONeill

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

Mt travelling companions Deb and Jodie heading for a night out, some guys bought them drinks and Deb in return shouted a round, 110 Euros later, some smelling salts were required for her to recover and fight another day.

There is always someone with a bigger boat.

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

Imagine the cost of filling this east up with fuel. 🙂

You can really smell the money here. 🙂

St Tropez boats

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez”.

Super boat

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

Certainly not the prettiest boat in the harbour.

If you can’t afford a boat, get a bike.

Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

Not much traffic here so a bike would be a safe way to see the city.

So many restaurants & such little time

Wealthy play in sexy St Tropez 

l’auberge de maures is a very nice restaurant

Thank you for visiting my Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez post.

Hotel Les Palmiers

Here I am with my friend Jodie enjoying a pre dinner drink at our Hotel Les Palmiers in Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez

For a terrific room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Thanks for visiting my Wealthy Play Sexy St Tropez photo blog.

                          Here are some more posts to check out
 
                Sydney                               Paris                                   Bangkok
Sydney Opera house        Paris hotel        Grand Palace Bangkok
             Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
Tokyo        Carla, what a girl. photo CopacabanabeachNov2003-128.jpg        Buda Castle
             London                            Beijing                            Capetown
Kings road Chelsea        David & the General photo DHandthegeneral.jpg        David Herd Thailand
 

           

      Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .🙂
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses

 

Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

David Herd Thailand

To receive my latest posts please follow me on Twitter

Click ohere to check out my post on Brussels.

 

Click here to see another of my terrific posts.

 

Click here to see another great post.

 

This gallery contains 2 photos

Amazing Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris

June 29, 2013 by David Herd

Amazing Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris

Amazing Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris

Amazing Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris is a  fabulous destination which made my bucket list as soon as I saw the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris”. When the Château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a wealthy suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the center of political power in France from 1682. The first building campaign (1664–1668) involved alterations in the Chateau de Versailles and gardens to accommodate the 600 guests invited to a party called Pleasures of the Enchanted Island.Versailles is just a 20-minute train ride away from Paris.

Palace of Versailles

Amazing Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris

Chateau de Versailles is a wonderful place to visit for anybody who has a camera. 🙂

Chateau de Versailles Paris

Amazing Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris

Magnificent and breathtaking, the sculptures and pristine buildings and grounds.

 

Trams to save you walking

Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris

Electric trams will transport you around this vast property.

Please click on Google + to help my page ranking.  

 

The Palace grounds

Chateau de Versailles Palace ParisLife at Versailles was intrinsically determined by position, favour and above all one’s birth. The Chateau was a sprawling cluster of lodgings for which courtiers vied and manipulated. Today, many people see Versailles as unparalleled in its magnificence and splendour; yet few know of the actual living conditions many of Versailles august residents had to endure. Modern historians have, on more than one occasion, compared the palace to a vast apartment block. Apart from the royal family, the majority of the residents were senior members of the household.

Beautiful gardens.

Amazing Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris

Chateau de Versailles is a truly an amazing experience, located on the outskirts of Paris.

Can’t recall what this building was

Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris

I’m sure Google will have the answer.

Interesting wall

Amazing Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris

I was inspired to visit the palace by the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris”.

Beautiful gardens

Amazing Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris

Can you imagine how many gardeners would be needed to create this masterpiece?

Relaxing on the lake

Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris

What a great way to spend a beautiful sunny day.

An interesting documentary

Downtown Versailles

Amazing Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris

The town centre is very clean and there are plenty of good restaurants to choose from.The grounds of the Château de Versailles are magnificent and mind blowing, there is a little train which transports you for around 8 Euros, the is very good value as the grounds are so huge they would be hard to cover on foot.
 

 Lamb Shank at Bistrot du Boucher

Amazing Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris Good Restaurant. The Bistrot du Boucher in the centre of town  provided us with excellent food and a nice friendly atmosphere. Travel tip. It is only a short train ride from the center of Paris, however only the grounds are open to the public on Mondays. When to visit. Like most popular tourist attractions the weekend Château de Versailles Paris can be too crowded, midweek is better. 

                       Please check out these fabulous posts
 
Gold Coast                              Pattaya                          Cinque Terre
Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris         Walking St Pattaya          Manarola Cinque Terre
Rio de Janeiro                      Singapore                       Eastern Europe
Carnivale Rio Di Janeiro         Singapore skyline         David Herd Thailand
Bangkok Bars                          Tokyo                          Cape Town Safari
Soi Cowboy Bangkok          photo ShabuseninGinza4.jpg          Cape Town Safari

             

           Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                    Plus free cancellation .🙂
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
Pattaya webcam
           

 

  Please see the slide show for more photos of Versailles.

 

 

Chateau de Versailles   Thanks for visiting my blog on Versailles, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed being here. Please send the link to your friends http://fivestarvagabond.com/  

 

Click here to see one of my posts on Singapore.

 

Monte Carlo caters for the rich & famous

 

Fabulous cape Town, check it out.

 

This gallery contains 1 photo.