THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE

Wether its the bikes, the excitement, the people, the challenge, the freedom or something else entirely, there are reasons for riding.

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The key word for Europe is diversity. It consists of sometimes miniature countries, that each consist themselves of different regions, cultures and people. In Europe, the landscape in places just a couple of kilometres apart can be completely, different, and cultural history manifests itself everywhere.

There are many languages in Europe, almost every country has its own, and many countries even have several languages. Belgium for instance has Dutch, French, and German, the Netherlands has Dutch and Friesian, Spain has Spanish, Catalan and Basque, Switzerland has German, French, Italian and Rumantsch, etc.

On top of that, you cannot simply assume that everybody speaks English. Sure, in many countries at least young people will speak English, but you will meet many people who don’t speak or understand English at all!

Alps, when you are a motorbike rider, you should of course not miss the alps. They are steep and majestic, and will never fail to please you. They are vast as well; its impossible to see them all of them unless you ride for a year or so, could be tempting though!

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There are six alps countries: Germany, Switzerland, France (sharing the highest peaks), Italy (with the beautiful Dolomites), Austria, Germany and Slovenia. A good introduction into the Alps is the Route des Grandes Alps, from the lake of Geneva to the Mediterranean, in the French Alps.

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Provence Self-Guided Tour (8 days)

Discover the Provence at your own pace on a BMW, Ducati or Harley Davidson.

If you prefer “riding your own ride”, then this motorbike tour gives you everything you need. They will take care of the organisation in France including accommodation, dinners, rental motorcycle, maps, road book, GPS and local support.

The scenic motorcycle roads of the Provence and French Riviera are on your doorstep.

This is what they will offer you
Friday – Pick-up from Nice Airport and transfer to your 4-star hotel. Tour briefing and overnight in Nice.

Saturday – Lower French Alpes

Get to know your bike riding along the Route des Alpes through the twisting roads of the magnificent Daluis Canyon and Cians Canyon. Overnight in Nice.

Sunday – Saint Tropez

Cruise along the coast to Saint Tropez. Continue along the French Riviera and enjoy the beautiful Massif des Maures. Overnight in Le Castellet, home to the famous racetrack Paul Ricard.

Monday – Route des Cretes & Free time

A well deserved day of rest. Enjoy lounging at the hotel pool or go for a short ride along the scenic Route des Cretes via La Ciotat. Overnight in Le Castellet.

Tuesday – Luberon National Park

Ride along colourful lavender fields and countless vineyards. One scenic turn after the other makes this an unforgettable motorcycle experience. Overnight in Carpentras.

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Wednesday – Mont Ventoux and Wine-tasting

From the heart of the Provence you ride up the Mont Ventoux. After a good day’s ride, you enjoy a wine-tasting session in the evening. Overnight in Carpentras.

Thursday – Grand Canyon of France

Enjoy the beautiful Lake Sainte Croix and ride through the Grand Canyon of France (Gorge du Verdon). Then take the Route Napoleon for your descent into Nice. Overnight in Nice.

Friday – Goodbye and transfer to Nice Airport

Ciao for now. Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to Nice Airport.

They say that the tour Grading is Intermediate: 4h to 5h of daily riding time covering up to 300km/190mi of curvy roads per day

Included

Rental motorcycle including side cases for 7 days
Road book, map and GPS with scenic roads of the Riviera and Provence
3 nights including breakfast and dinner at the 4-star Hotel Mercure in Nice
2 nights including breakfast and dinner at the 3-star Grand Prix Hotel in Le Castellet 2 nights including breakfast and dinner at the Auberge du Vin in Carpentras
Wine tasting session at the Auberge du Vin in Carpentras
Airport transfers between Nice and Nice Airport

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Why Go?

Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur, is beautifully curved round the Bay of Angels, desirable and as lively as you like. Its reputation for glamour is enhanced by an equal reputation for top-end scandal. The clearest-possible light spangles the Mediterranean to create a setting for sybarites, and shadows for well-dressed decadence. The inauguration, in autumn 2013, of the brand new Promenade du Paillon – 30 acres of park running from the city centre to the sea – indicates that it has the imagination and drive to fulfill its ambitions. This is a glorious, and playful, slice of urban greensward. And it’s bewitching at pretty much any time of year.

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Where to go

The key sight – is the glorious curve of the Bay of Angels, miles of the loveliest urban sea-front in Europe, fringed by the celebrated Promenade des Anglais. You could spend an entire trip just wandering along here. But you’ll also need to see Nice old town, where the real Niçois re-colonise their city, hosting the south’s finest flower market on the Cours Saleya.

It should really be in Italy

Nice has only been part of France since 1860, when Italy reluctantly gave her up to repay France for helping defend itself from the Austrians. The Mayor’s office likes to say that ‘Nice chose France’, but the truth is that the famous ‘vote’ was rigged: there were no ‘non’ ballots printed! This mixed heritage gives Nice its fabulous melange of French and Italian, as seen in its architecture, colours, cuisine and lifestyle.

So what ever you decide to do, just enjoy life! See you there.

THE LATEST GREAT RESTAURANT… IS YOUR OWN HOME

You don’t need to reserve a table, book a taxi or venture out in the heat, or the cold depending which time of the year.Let Ramsay without the F, prepare, cook, serve and clean for you, eliminate the stress & pressure of planning and organising and delivering your special occasion whilst meeting your specific tailored requirements.

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Ramsay without the F is offering to bring the restaurant experience to your own living room with this own home fine dining service.

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Chef Rod Ramsay from Australia will cook in your kitchen, bring waiters to serve your meal and even wash your pans and dishes. An exclusive Private Chef there is no better way to spoil yourself and your guests. A combination of fine dining experience at the highest level and an unrivalled passion for cuisine has enabled Ramsay without the F to offer an exquisite, fine dining experience that is second to none.

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Ramsay without the F, has degustation menus, from 4 to 9 courses, or elaborate small intimate dinners fro you. Our dishes are made with only the freshest of seasonal produce sourced from growers and suppliers who share our passion for excellence in food.

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Although, Ramsay without the F, offers his private chef services mostly in the Whitsundays, travel throughout Australia and overseas can be considered.

RENT MY BRAIN…THE SOLUTION

HAPUKU LODGE & TREEHOUSES

Kaikoura experienced a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on November 14, 2016. I am happy to let every one know that Hapuku Lodge have reopened for business.

This has to be one of the best that I have had the pleasure of working in and staying throughout the world. The attention to detail is fantastic, a credit to the Wilson family.

Kaikoura needs our support, if you are intending to travel to New Zealand and especially the South Island, this is one area that you need to visit, the history here is out of this world. You can do the Maori tours, Whale Watching, Quad bike tour, (not to be missed), Wine tour, Cave exploring. There is an abundance of activities to do while in Kaikoura. I have been informed that the Maori tours have all been cancelled, due to the earthquake, but I am sure that they should all be up and running around February 2017!

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If you want to just chill then please stay at Hapuku Lodge, put your feet up, get pampered, enjoy cuisine in fact just be yourself, you will not want to leave.

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The cuisine around Kaikoura is incomplete without enjoying tasteful seafood dishes!. Kaikoura is a mecca for seafood lovers dishesfrom grouper, cod, mussels, papa (abalone) and of course the towns namesake, Crayfish. Other delights such as oysters, scallops, and whitebait which are seasonal.

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TIORAM CASTLE

Castle Tioram is a ruined castle that sits on the tidal island Eilean Tioram in Loch Moidart, Lochaber. It is located west of Acharacle, approximately 80 km (50 mi) from Fort William. Though hidden from the sea, the castle controls access to Loch Shiel. It is also known to the locals as “Dorlin castle”.

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The castle—a listed building and scheduled ancient monument—appears to have originally been a principal stronghold of Clann Ruaidhrí. The island the fortress sits upon is first recorded in a charter of Cairistíona Nic Ruaidhrí (fl. 1290–1318), daughter of Ailéan mac Ruaidhrí (died ×1296). According to early modern tradition, the castle was erected by Ailéan’s granddaughter, Áine Nic Ruaidhrí (fl. 1318–50) in the fourteenth century. The castle served as the seat of the latter’s Clan Donald descendants the next four hundred years.

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Castle Tioram is the traditional seat of Clan MacDonald of Clan Ranald, a branch of Clan Donald. Castle Tioram was seized by Government forces around 1692 when Clan Chief Allan of Clanranald joined the Jacobite Court in France, despite having sworn allegiance to the British Crown. A small garrison was stationed in the castle until the Jacobite Uprising of 1715 when Allan recaptured and torched it, purportedly to keep it out of the hands of Hanoverian forces. It has been unoccupied since that time, although there are some accounts suggesting it was partially inhabited thereafter including storage of firearms from the De Tuillay in the 1745 Jacobite Uprising and Lady Grange’s account of her kidnapping.

The castle is now in extremely poor condition and in 1998 was closed to the public at the request of Highland Council; a major structural collapse occurred at the north west curtain wall in 2000.

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Controversial proposals to restore the castle by the new owners, Anta Estates, were announced in 1997 and received planning consent from Highland Council. This included the creation of a clan centre/museum, domestic apartments, and public access. However, Historic Scotland refused Scheduled Monument Consent—a decision upheld after a local public inquiry.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland holds a substantial archive of research information, drawings, and photographs lodged by the current owners.

The castle can be reached on foot across the tidal causeway, but there is no access to the interior because of the risk of falling masonry.

Eilean Tioram is one of 43 tidal islands that can be walked to from the mainland of England, Wales & Scotland and one of 17 that can be walked to from the Scottish mainland.