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Review 4901: Les Alpes d'Azur, Apartment 1


Review by phirhon from Australia

1bed/1bath apartment in La Brigue, Provence


09-16 October 2010, 1 week


We arrived back in France from Italy through the Tende tunnel. Our rental this week was an apartment in the old village of La Brigue. La Brigue is about two kms off the main road which travels from Italy down through the very scenic Roya valley. The village is very interesting and worth visiting - lots of narrow streets, wonderful door lintels and and an old castle. There is a small epicerie which gets fresh bread and some pastries each day (we actually bought a lot here as the larger, but still small, SPAR in Tende was closed for their annual vacance, as you can do if you are the only supermarket!). There are also a tabac and couple of restaurants and a pizza place (good pizzas) which get favourable reviews in the guest book. There is a boulangerie and boucherie two kms away at St Dalmas de Tende and Tende also has an excellent charcuterie and other shops and restaurants.

Our apartment was on the second floor of a building which fronted onto a large square. There was a bar on the ground floor but no problem with noise. The first floor had a private apartment, ours next floor and there are two larger holiday rentals on the next floor. The apartment consisted of a kitchen/dining/sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. The kitchen was well equipped with a full stove and everything we needed except a toaster. There were comfortable chairs, a large table and chairs. There was no TV and no Internet. There was a comprehensive folder of information, plenty of books to read and a guest book. A small balcony opened out over the square below.

The bedroom was small but had hanging space and bed lights and opened out onto a larger balcony which overlooked the village and the mountains beyond. The only thing we were not keen on was the bedding (included), which was two single doonas for the double bed. We seemed to have lots of surplus. The bathroom was fine.

We enjoyed our week here even though there are really only two directions to travel. The autumn colours were starting and the country was lovely. We had hoped to take the scenic train down to Nice but that was the week of strikes, so had to shelve that plan. But there are some amazing villages around and we had no trouble filling in our week. This is also a popular area for hiking with national parks close by. We walked up to the chapel Notre Dames des Fontaines with it wonderful frescoes. The Roya valley is very picturesque. Lots of people visit Nice and surrounds but I rarely see this area mentioned even though it would be a very rewarding day trip from Nice.

The booking process was easy and we paid by credit card and paid 229 for our week. There was no security deposit.

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