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Oct 6, 2014 - Casablanca and Rabat in Morroco

This excursions has been interesting in that we saw the poor side as well as the rich side of Morocco, at least in the 2 cities we visited and some of the slums we encountered on route to Rabat. We visited Mohamed V square and Hassan II Mosque, the 3rd largest in the world capable of accommodating 25,000 worshipers indoors and another 80,000 outdoors. After lunch we went on to Rabat where the difference in comfort for the locals was more evident. Will update this log later. Fabulous diner tete a tete with my wife was followed by going up to...

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Oct 4, 2014 - Day at sea

October 4th. Today we are spending the day at sea on our way to Malaga. We enjoyed a nice evening on board and had diner with a couple from Longueuil celebrating their 35th anniversary. It was in fact the 2nd diner with Dianne and Gabriel. Very pleasant people. We spent most of the day perusing the duty free shops on board and by the pool. Patricia lied about the water temperature as it was cooler than yesterday. That did not prevent her from going in again Tonite is gala night, so we do not know whether we are going or not since most men...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Last morning in Marseille

October 2nd We got up at 7:30 this morning. We had a good breakfast and got underway to take the 60 bus to the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, We took in amazing views of the city on a beautiful clear Thursday morning. Again ideal weather conditions for sightseeing today. The Basilica was built in the 1500 and took almost 100 years to complete, During the German occupation it was used as a strategic location because of its location, the highest in the city overlooking Marseille at 360 degrees. We took some amazing photos of the city and we...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Day 1 : Arrival and first day in Marseille

September 30th: We arrived in Marseille this morning at 9:45am about 20 minutes ahead of schedule but it took over 30 minutes for the ladder genius operator, as our captain, called him to get the ladder attached to the plane. It has been raining constantly since we arrived. We were fortunate enough to find our room ready when we got to the hotel. Since we were exhausted we decided to nap for a couple of hours. Guess what, I forgot my tube for my CPAP machine at home. The result I did not sleep much. We have not found out where I could get...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Provence, France

Another bus tour and a description of tour: "Begin your half-day journey of the historical and maritime past of Marseille with a visit to the "Notre Dame de la Garde" Basilica, with its wonderful views overlooking the city. Proceed to the basilica where numerous "ex-votos" offered by nearly shipwrecked fishermen are presented. Continue by motorcoach along the seaside to the beautiful Kennedy Corniche Road with its architectural surprises. Pass the residences, villas, mansions, and enjoy the splendid views of the elegant If castle and the...

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Jul 29, 2011 - Wednesday 27th July - Marseilles

Wednesday 27th WOW, it will be a month tomorrow that we have been away! It’s gone so fast!! Got up reasonably early (8am) and headed down for breaky. We are off to Marseille today via train and need to work out where the train station is etc. We ended up walking to the train station which was about 20-30 mins away but it was good cos it was through an area we hadn’t seen yet. Got on the train and it was a first come first seated basis but we were one of the first on so were fine in our own little booth. I spent the whole time catching up on...

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Jul 5, 2011 - Marseille (Day 3)

Up early today and caught the first 'hop on hop off' bus, jumped off at stop 4 and walked all the way along the coast line along the longest park bench (a shaped concrete seat) with many joggers as well, enjoyed the sparkling water lapping the rocks, people sailing, kayaking, swimming and sunning themselves on the rocks. At the beach areas there were volley ball games and table tennis as well as many families having fun in the sun. We then jumped back on the bus and enjoyed the narrow roads on the double Decker bus just missing house walls...

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Jul 4, 2011 - Marseille (Day 2)

Awoke to roadworks outside our window and on inspection the police were involved with several tow trucks removing cars illegally parked over the road work area!! Yeh well its normal as we have discovered in Europe that locals park where ever. Chat with Kenan on skype, great to catchup! Good luck Emma off on your own European trip, have fab time see you in London!! Enjoyed a great 3 hour boat cruise out to the many 'Calanques' around Marseille coastline. Beautiful scenery and amazing history (thankfully cruise operator had an English...

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Jul 3, 2011 - Marseille

Arrived in Marseille today and drove through 'old town' to our city apartment. People everywhere a very busy place with traders all along the roads, cars and people all over the place obviously the place to be but we were keen to find our apartment and organise a park for the car. We eventually after finding the correct underground parking and checking in enjoyed a walk to the Vieux Port (only 5 mins) wow what a sight! An amazing place with the city and port so close, you can touch the water and thousands of boats, yes I'm not exaggerating...

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May 18, 2011 - Princess Grace of Monaco

May 18: Started the day getting our train tickets to Monaco, found a really cool guy to stay with on CouchSurfing and decided it was fate that we spend a bit of time there, not to mention my burning desire to visit the late home of Grace Kelly. Once all that business was sorted we set out to the beach, Maria was a little concerned at our lack of towels and other somewhat neccessary beach equipment, but I tried to tell her we'd make due, and so using our shirts, bags and soft white sand we laid out all afternoon soaking up the sun. Grabbed a...

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May 17, 2011 - South of France, why don't mind if I do!

May 17: Ok so I seriously need to do something about this pack, I nearly wanted to cry on the way back to the train station today it was so heavy. Sending some unneccesary shit back to England asap! The French trains are really posh, nothing against the Spanish in terms of transportation, but this is some serious Grade A stuff they got going on here! Will arrive mid afternoon in Marseilles, spending only a night and all day tomorrow. Haven't fully decided on stopping in Monaco, may just take the night train straight to Milan. Met Maria...

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