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Cruise to Villefranche-sur-Mer

After cruising from Toulon, we arrived at Villefranche-sur-Mer early in the morning - I managed to hop out of bed just in time to catch the sunrise - I love the quiet of the early mornings on board - no rushing to catch the latest show, and free from the crowds at mealtime - just plain appreciation of the simple things, like this sunrise (which is a misnomer by the way, as it's actually caused by the earth rotating on its axis).

sunrise at Villefranche

Villefranche-sur-Mer is situated between Nice and Monaco, and is the most visited cruise ship port of call in France.


We disembarked onto a smaller boat which ferried us to Villefranche's old town harbour, passing the Citadel of Villefranche-sur-Mer on the way. This is a bastion fortress that was built from 1554 on behalf of Duke Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy.

Citadel of Villefranche sur-Mer

The peach coloured building on the right is the Welcome Hotel, where French artist Jean Cocteau lived: "When I look at Villefranche,I can see my youth. May Man never allow it to change."

Welcome Hotel in Villefranche

Germaine Halap set up her restaurant in Villefranche-sur-Mer in 1938, the La Mere Germaine.

La Mere Germaine restaurant in Villefranche-sur-Mer

The train station in Villefranche-sur-Mer is just behind the Carpaccio Restaurant. It's only 10m by train from Villefranche to Monte Carlo. We were advised to beware of pick-pockets at the station.

Carpaccio Restaurant in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Here's a photo from my trip back to our Royal Caribbean International ship, of the Ibero Cruises Grand Holidays ship.

Ibero Cruises Grand Holidays in Villefranche


MSC Sinfonia's pool on the deck

A view of Maputo's skyline

Venice's harbour

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