To the South of France
- Rotterdam - Koblenz - Haguenau
- Haguenau - Chambery Aix les Bains - Fayence
- Fayence - Valence Chabeuil - Macon
- Macon - Reims Champagne - Reims Prunay - Rotterdam
and foie gras de canard
On Sunday, we made a day trip with about 6 planes to Switzerland and the Mont Blanc. To recover, Mike and I had a day off on Monday.
We were the only plane. After lunch, refueling and meteo briefing, we departed for Fayence. The cloudbase over the Massif Central was sufficient to give us 2000 feet clearance over ground enroute.
Originally, we planned to fly to Nice or Cannes. But landing and parking fees there are outrageous. We decided to fly to Fayence, a mountain field near Cannes. It features three parallel runways and, as we learned, zero fees.
Mike's friends collected us at the airfield and took us to their home in Ste. Maxime, a village east of St. Tropez. We had dinner on a terrace on the seaside. As a token of our gratitude for their hospitality, we offered them a flight over the Côte d'Azur and their home the next day.
After the local flight over the beach of St. Tropez and Ste. Maxime, we had a quick bite in the airfield's restaurant, which was quite busy. We learned that the airfield exists since the early days of flying.
We had breakfast at a small café close to the hotel. Croissants, café au lait, the works...
After refueling, I flew the last leg from Reims Prunay back to our home base, Rotterdam, at FL100. Just after passing the Belgian/Dutch border, we already started the descent for an uneventful VOR-DME approach at runway 06 of Rotterdam. All good things come to an end...