Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jim is a happy man!

Thanks to Fred Laffete, Jim has figured out how to launch the kite from the back of the boat. He can now kite anywhere there is wind. No more regulations preventing him from launching off the beach. My task is to sit on deck and take photos, with which, I'm sure, he will be updating the blog. I think I have lots if windy anchorages and alone time in my near future. Ummm... thanks Fred??? 😜😜😜. ;-)

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Monaco Fireworks!!

During the month of August, the cities along the French Riviera have a competition to see which city can put on the “best” fireworks display.  We were lucky enough to be in the main harbor tonight when it was Monaco’s turn.

Wow! 

Unfortunately, fireworks, like big waves in the ocean don’t really translate via video.  So, you will have to take my word for it.  These were incredible tonight.

Here is a short video segment to get the idea…

What’s more fun maybe is to watch the second clip which is what followed the fireworks.  Turn up the sound on your computer or mobile device and enjoy the show put on by 50-100 very large motor yachts that have very very loud horns!!

Good fun with Debra Gregory, John Callahan and Susan Callahan (they were listening to JC’s CEO when the fireworks started…  Good luck with that speech!)

Happy Birthday Christopher Gregory!!

My son would love this!
It’s hard to believe that you are turning 26 years old!  Its sort of a landmark birthday in that you are now half our age.  You are catching us.
We hope you have a great day, and that you like the cake!
Mom and Dad

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Monte-Carlo

Today’s destination with JC and Susu Callahan!!

Villefranche

Great little town perched over the water. Just over the hill from Nice, and my home for the past week while Deb has been away.

The Renoir Museum

Emmanuel and Catherine Renoir are two of our great friends.  They live in San Diego and are sailors as well.  Before leaving on this trip they were good enough to put us up many times during visits to San Diego, and did their best to teach us a little bit about what to expect while in France.  (I was supposed to have learned to speak the local language, but fear that I have disappointed!)

Emmanuel's great grandfather is the famous impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, so I was anxious to visit the Musee Renoir in nearby Cagnes-sur-mer. 

The museum is actually the house that the painter and his family lived in during the later part of his life.

After a quick train ride, I arrived in Cagnes-sur-mer and it is obvious that this town is still crazy for Renoir.  There are streets, building, and businesses using the Renoir name all over the place.

Here are a few pictures from that day…

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Today's Destination

Breathtaking views of the Bay of Villefranche. On the left is Cap Ferrat; on the right is the old world charm village of village of Villefranche-sur-Mer. Looking to let an apartment on the French Riviera this winter or this summer? Riviera Experience offers long and short term rentals with luxurious accommodations including wireless dsl enabling you to telecommute. Conveniently located between Nice and Monaco in the heart of the French Riviera with Franceís second largest airport, Nice Cote díAzur airport, just 20 minutes away by train or bus. Villefranche sur Mer is the jewel of the French Riviera. The Bay of Villefranche is one of the five most beautiful bays in the world. Villefranche has a charming, authentic old town, plus a sandy beach. Beach front access to swimming, sun bathing and lots of lovely places to visit such as Antibes, Menton, St. Paul de Vence, Vence, Cannes, Vieux Nice (old town of Nice), Monaco, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Grasse and much more. The train station, just steps away from our luxurious apartment rentals puts Monaco within 10 minutes.
The Bay of Villefranche, reputed as one of the five most beautiful bays in the world, is embraced by the Cap of Nice on the right and Cap Ferrat on the left. The charming Old Town of Villefranche cascades down the hillside to the sea, and the sandy kilometer-long beach offers great recreation throughout the year.


Deb is in San Diego enjoying a McCoy family reunion.  While she's gone I plan to spend a few days here....



Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Master Plan Map Updated

Ive just gone through and updated our "Master Plan" map with the latest on where we have been and where we think we might go.  It looks like google maps has been updated with a bunch of new features, so look for some updates in the near future.  I think I can link photo's to places on the map which will be pretty interestings.

Anyway.  Here is our latest and greatest thinking...

(You can click and drag on the map to move the view around, zoom in, zoom out, etc.)

-Jim


View Morpheus Cruise - Master Plan?? in a larger map

Monday, August 04, 2014

Monaco Auto Show

Three Rolls Royce's, two Ferrari's (one red of course), two Bentley's, and a Porsche. All on a three minute walk from my boat to the main road.

This place is unreal...







 
 
Of course then there is my personal favorite!!

Jim

Jim Gregory