Sisters Caroline and Fiona visited in August 2003 for about 10 days. Caroline brought her 3 children, Max, Lucy and Gilbey, and Fiona brought 14 month old Eva. A heat wave, with temperatures rising to around 37 °C (99°F) every day meant that we spent lots of time in the pool (28°C) rather than going to the coast which was probably even hotter than here and certainly more crowded and polluted. After four months without rain, huge forest fires were burning in the neighboring 'département', the Var - the first photo, taken from our terrace, shows a Canadair aircraft on its way to drop several tonnes of water on the Mont Vinaigre which you can see smoking in the background. The fires have destroyed several thousand hectares of forest so far and have come within 30km (20 miles) of our home. Most of the fires are set deliberately, we're sad to say.
Young master Gilbey likes to perform for the crowd - we see a bright future for him as either a clown or a teacher...
Fiona and Eva.
Passing in front of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, the home of the famous film festival.
Enjoying the view of the coast from Cabris:
Max getting his daily dose of Coke.
Lucy with her upside-down hearts.
And no, this one is not part of the Barraclough family.
Three Barracloughs spotted in the Gorges du Loup.
No, Max, this is not a firing squad.
What could be more exotic than a helicopter ride in 'Cap 3000' (a shopping mall near the Nice airport)?
The grotto of St. Cézaire, just a few minutes from our house.
The viewpoint at St. Cézaire has a fine view across the deep gorge of the Siagne to the Var beyond.
Eva and Fiona... times 4
We stopped for a paddle in the Lac St. Cassien.
The main square of Mougins, a chic perched village where we spent a couple of hours enjoying the art galleries and ice cream shops.
Gilbey and Lucy.
Eva sweating a lot (actually she was playing in the fountain at Mougins).