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Sleepy and Charming Villefranche sur Mer

After the insane shopping and sight-seeing of Barcelona, the excitement of being in Europe for the first time got bogged down by every traveller’s worst enemy, jetlag. As we started our Mediterranean Cruise, I had to fight to stay asleep.

THANK GOD, our first stop was the charming and sleepy town of Villefranche sur Mer.


Welcome Hotel, Villefranche sur Mer

With picturesque scenery (see above) and a laid-back, relaxed vibe, sur Mer was our most hassle-free and uneventful stop in the whole trip, and that’s a GOOD THING.

The Streets of Sur Mer

* Cobblestone streets with hardly anyone leading to more cobblestone streets.. with hardly anyone.


Villefranche sur Mer

* Sitting in a cafe and taking a sitting power nap to catch up on jetlag WITHOUT getting your valuables stolen = AWESOME


Villefranche sur Mer

* Danglars Shipping Co. (formerly Morrel & Co Shipping)


Villefranche sur Mer

* The main street leading up to the town church. No hunchbacks here.


Map of Villefranche sur Mer

In the end, sur Mer was the PERFECT first stop in our cruise.  It was a great foil between the initial excitement of Barcelona and the non-stop sensory orgasm of Cote D’Azur, Florence, Rome and Naples.  Any jetlag and fatigue that I had initially felt disappeared after we left sur Mer, with its charming provincial vibe.

If I had but one regret, it was that Marseille was just an hour away from sur Mer and, being the huge Count of Monte Cristo fan that I was, that fact didn’t occur to me until after the trip.  Would have been nice to see the Chateau d’if and the land of Dantes, Danglars and Villefort.

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