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Apr 6, 2016 - Saint Paul

We took a side trip to Saint Paul, a beautiful walled city. Chagall, the painter lived here and is buried in the cemetery. The streets were narrow and the town was so quaint. There were lots of beautiful shops including many art galleries. Our tour guide recommended the gelato which was a ways up the hill. It was worth the walk! An interesting town.

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Apr 6, 2016 - Nice

In Nice we stayed in a very quaint European hotel…not a chain hotel like we have since we arrived. The Ellington was in a great location with shops and restaurants only 2 blocks away on a beautiful residential street. The views from our room were of the city looking down toward the water. Just beautiful. When we arrived, dinner was on our own, so Jay and I headed out to explore with some suggestions on locations from our guide, David. We found the main plaza where all the restaurants were located. It was so much fun to walk down the plaza...

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Apr 5, 2016 - St Tropez - Home of the Rich and Famous

Now we are heading to the Cote d'Azur and our first views of the Mediterranean Sea. St Tropez, the home of the rich and famous, was our first stop. The city is on a beautiful bay with lots of lovely views of the water and LOTS of expensive yachts. Restaurants and shops are on the water and a street further from the water has lots of all the top name stores like Dior, Chanel and many more. We walked to the peninsula’s edge and found a wonderful memorial to the U.S. Marines for their help during WWII. Then we walked to the market. What fun!...

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Apr 4, 2016 - Arles

We really enjoyed the drive to Arles. We passed canola fields and lots of sheep grazing in pastures. When we arrived in Arles, we took a tour of the city with a local guide and then had time to explore the town on our own. Arles is filled with Roman Ruins the most impressive of which was the amphitheater. The town itself was filled with shops, interesting hotels and restaurants and a beautiful cathedral. Van Gogh used Arles as inspiration for many of his paintings. In one spot in the square there was a replica of one of his paintings at...

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Apr 4, 2016 - Aix-en-Provence

We left Arles and had a beautiful drive to Aix-en-Provence. Our stop this afternoon was a lunch at a winery. We were greeted by the owner of the winery and then taken to a beautiful room where two long tables were set up for our meal. We had a wonderful salad flavored with olive oil that was made at the winery. From the wine to the salad to the main meal and dessert, the lunch was wonderful. After lunch we enjoyed the scenery of a pasture and grapevines and lavender bushes. It was too early in the season for the lavender or grapevines to be...

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Apr 3, 2016 - Avignon

After breakfast at the hotel, we headed to train station for our bullet train ride south to Avignon. Our luggage was on the bus, which would meet us about 8 hours later. Luckily, the train got us there in about 3 hours. Our first stop was Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct. We were able to walk through the aqueduct which crossed the river. It’s amazing that this stone bridge has survived so well for so long. It was a very rain day, but we enjoyed the history and interesting views. Then we were on to Avignon. Do you know the child’s...

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Dec 26, 2015 - Roman Glanum and St-Remy-de-Provence

It was time for a hill fix so we headed in land to St-Remy-de-Provence in the Alpilles hills. After enjoying the drive through hills we stopped on the outside of St-Remy-de-Provence to visit the ruins of the ancient city of Glanum. The first inhabitants settled in the area in the 6th and 7th centuries BC protected by a rampart blocking the road to the Alpilles. Subsequent relations with the Greek world brought wealth to the inhabitants of Glanum which saw an expansion of the town in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. The town became a Roman...

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Dec 24, 2015 - Eastern Camargue

Today we drove to the eastern side of the Camargue it was a bit of a grey day. We visited the site where the Camargue Regional Nature Park manage flamingo’s reproduction in France and then walked to the La Gacholle lighthouse on a dyke. Are final stop for the day was a view point over the Girauld salt works near the mouth of the Grand Rhone.

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Dec 22, 2015 - Walk along the coast

We all decided we needed a good walk despite walking around the walls of Aigues-Mortes the day before. We headed off along the coast from the campground into the Camargue National Park. The path was good and although it started out cloudy by the time we stopped for lunch the sun was shining. By the time we returned to the campground we realised we had walked five to six miles.

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Dec 20, 2015 - Arles

We had a full day in Arles. The city has an extensive Roman history. Roman Arles provided grain for most of the western empire and was one of the major ports for trade and shipbuilding. Under Emperor Constantine it became the capital of Gaul reaching its heights in the 5th century. Our first stop was the amphitheatre known as Les Arenas. This had been built at the end of the 1st century AD. When it was complete it measured 136 x 107 metres and could hold 21,000 spectators who came to see fights and games. During the middle ages the arena...

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Dec 18, 2015 - First Day in the Carmargue

We arrived yesterday in the Carmargue region of Provence. Our campground was at the small town of Les Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer and we were surprised how many motorhomes were in the campground considering the time of year. The Carmargue is completely different to the rest of Provence. It is in fact the River Rhone delta and a landscape of lagoons, marshes and dunes- a mosquito heaven during the summer months when it is hot and humid. On our first day we explored the town Les Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the morning visiting the local market and in...

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Dec 15, 2015 - Calanques and Route des Cretes

Our destination today was the small town of Cassis 23km east of Marseille. The reason for our visit was to visit the calanques, the fjord-like inlets that cut deep into the limestone cliffs on this part of the coast. Our journey to Cassis was easy but finding our way through Cassis to find the start of the walk to the calanques was a little trying at times. We had clear signs for a start and then they disappeared. We eventually found the start of the walk and enjoyed our walk along the coast. After our walk we decided we would drive into...

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