Goldring Travel Revisits Regent Seven Seas Cruises (Seven Seas Voyager: Rome to Barcelona - August 1, 2017) - Part V (Antibes and Marseilles: The Ensemble Experience, Cultural Wine "Tasting" and Sette Mari - Luxury Experiences for Sure) - Travels Blogs

Goldring Travel Revisits Regent Seven Seas Cruises (Seven Seas Voyager: Rome to Barcelona - August 1, 2017) - Part V (Antibes and Marseilles: The Ensemble Experience, Cultural Wine "Tasting" and Sette Mari - Luxury Experiences for Sure)



Our cruise on the Regent Seven Seas Voyager continued with our arrival in Antibes, France to partly cloudy skies, which was quite a relief from the 90+ degree days were have experienced so far.  My continued plan was to experience Regent Seven Seas Cruises ?free? tours (which are also noted in the Tour Order Form in your suite as ?free?) while leaning toward revisiting places I have previously been with my daughter (for father-daughter time), but not spending entire days doing so.
This day was a four and a half hour tour ?Old Nice and Wine Tasting? which was to be 4.5 hours starting in the early morning with a drive to Nice, 1 hour walking tour, 1 hour wine tasting, 1 hour free time (and 45 minute drives to Nice and then back to Antibes).  Unfortunately, the tour was not held in that order (free time was in the middle) and the unexpected rain curtailed the walking tour?but our guide most certainly did her best before abandoning it as nobody had umbrellas?and, after the past days of sun and heat, who would have"!
Moules-Frite in Nice, FranceBecause the rain ? which was an on-off affair ruined most photography opportunities and made wandering around not a lot of fun ? there was only one thing to do:  Find a caf that was serving Moules-frites (Mussels and French Fries) in the morning?which was made more difficult by the number of tourists ducking into any open caf to escape the rain.  But we did it!
Pairing our moules-frites with a local vin de Provence, we not only had a delicious pre-wine tasting snack, we had a pre-wine tasting wine tasting.  I mean we are on vacation, right" Peaches!
Nice, FranceAfterwards we headed to our meeting place for a very interesting, but unique, wine tasting.  The basic concept was to discuss the history of various varieties of grapes while drinking a white, rose and red wine?but with little discussion of the wines themselves. 
Beautiful Venue for our wine tasting...but not a serious one!Beautiful wine shop next to wine tasting roomIt was, in a way, a good Culinary & Cultural event rather than a typical Food & Wine one, where the wine is analyzed, but there is little discussion of why that wine even exists.  And the venue was very nice, as I sat in a big comfortable chair in a dimly lit basement. (Wine colors or structure were not topics that could even be discussed here.)  Quite enjoyable.

It was then back to the Seven Seas Voyager for the afternoon.  But, once again, the tour got back about 1:45 pm and La Veranda closes as 2:00 pm so unless a more rushed lunch immediately upon returning to the ship was desired, the Patio Grill was our only option.  It was, again, a disappointment both in service and cuisine.  We sat down with it being relatively quiet.  Then we waited?and waited?and waited before a bar waiter arrived.  Then we waited?and waited and finally a flagged down a waiter to order food.  ?What is the blackened fi...
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