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May 4, 2014 - Plan d'Orgon to Aix-en-Provence

Solo ride - Day 11 Because today was Sunday breakfast was not available until 8:00 am. This was not an issue since I only had 60 km to go to my next stop at Aix-en-Provence (henceforth known as Aix). Soon afet 8:00 I arrived in the dining room to find each setting had been given its 'share' of breakfast stuff. This meant that I couldn't make myself any lunch but I did keep all the food that I couldn't eat and took it with me. Soon after 9:00am I was on my way rolling down a quiet main road. The day was clear, the sun was shining and the...

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Dec 10, 2013 - Aix En Provence

Today was the car rental and drive from the port to Aix En Provence. This is a charming city not huge but wonderful shopping up every alley. We looked in shops bought things and then came across the Christmas shops along the main shopping road. Wonderful little log cabins set up for vendors to sell their wares. We had no problem finding the place, parking the car but needed the phone and google map lady to get us back to the Highway. Wonderful weather we have been so lucky so far. Got back to the ship by taxi from the rental place since it...

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Aug 24, 2013 - Aix-en-Provence

We left mid-morning and drove the 150km to Aix-en-Provence paying a €21.40 toll after quite a wait in a long queue of traffic (we haven’t struck this since we left the UK!) We are staying at a small campsite not far from the town, Camping Arc-en-Ciel (N 43° 30' 46.14" E 5° 28' 18.3") for €24 per night. It is one of the best we have stayed at. It is a peaceful family-run site (for almost 60 years) – no restaurant or bar on site, but a great swimming pool, and a good, very clean toilet/shower/laundry area. Bakery, fresh fruit and vege shop,...

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Aug 2, 2013 - Avignon again and our last day

Well today was another low key kind of day - we all slept in, went to the pool and then around lunchtime we headed back to Avignon, the walled city we went to on our first day. And today I didn't really have to go/do anything during the day, so I basically just hitched a ride and wandered around the city myself! It was nice... I was reminded of how much I like Europe and how enjoyable it is to explore cities in Europe. Which my brain must be blending together because even though I'm in France I have begun to dream in Spanish again (which I...

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France Summer 2013

Aug 1, 2013 - Visiting the vineyard and Max's Birthday

Today was an easy morning - we all woke up whenever and today was our German guest Max's 6th birthday! Last night we decorated the kitchen with some birthday fun, and this morning the moms went out to the store to get some delicious breakfast breads and a chocolate cakey-tart thing because lucky for us, in Germany they eat birthday cake the morning of your birthday! We sang Happy Birthday in English, French and German and all of the kids got small presents so it was very successful! We then spent a few hours swimming in the pool - it was...

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France Summer 2013

Jul 31, 2013 - Lavender Fields and Gordes on the hill

So today we loaded up into the car pretty early and headed to a monestary called Abbaye De Senanque, which is a working monestary where almost all of the postcards in Provence have their pictures from because the scene is just so amazing! This was the first real lavender fields that we found, and even though it was a little touristy (lots of cars and busses in the parking lot), it was still very amazing. We could walk down some of the rows but those closer to the building were blocked off and kept so beautifully perfect. On the way we had...

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France Summer 2013

Jul 30, 2013 - The trip to the bread shop that turned into a drive through the hills

Today everyone was tired which was nice, so we slept in until about 10. Much needed! The plan was to drive about 10 minutes away to a good bread shop, but we ended up instead driving to a little town about 1/2 hour away called L'Isle sur le Sorgue. It was an old town with winding streets that has a little canal running through it. We walked, look inside the church, did a little souvinear shopping. For lunch I had a warm goat cheese salad which was incredible! I have been really trying to expand my palate with cheeses and I'm always...

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Jul 29, 2013 - Monday - fun day at home!

Sunday night we had a huge thunderstorm. I mean huge! The lightening was like strobes and the thunder boomed and echoed across the hills. On the very first crack of thunder I woke up and the power went out. This was around 2am. I laid in bed and listened to the storm figuring it would stop soon and the power would come back on - but was I wrong!! It poured rain and stormed for about 3 hours with the same intensity! As I'm sleeping upstairs after about 1 hour with the AC off it started to get hot. So I got up and went downstairs and laid on...

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Jul 28, 2013 - First full day, Avignon and dinner party!

So this morning we all slept in a bit and then mom and dad headed out to the grocery store while the kids and I explored the house and the area outside. One thing that will stay with me about this whole area are the cicadas - there has to be so many and they are so loud but in a good way! The sound of them is overwhelming outside and you can even hear them inside over the AC and with the windows closed. It's like a beautiful little symphony to everything we do! After that we loaded in the car and drove about a half hour to Avignon, a city...

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Jun 23, 2013 - Last days in Provence

Our last few days in Aix. Les and I took the place by storm as dad was in bed. He feel after dinner and hurt his knee, still not great but better. Finally found Aqua City for some water fun. Got our car on Friday so mom was able to navigate the 15 kilometers out of the city. Took us 1 hour to get back though as Aix has its biggest music festival of the year that night. It was awesome, about 10 stages set up in all the major (and minor) Places. Two were just out our door steps , of course ours was rap and went on til3am. Les and I went out...

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Jun 19, 2013 - Wine Day in Provence

Today we did a half day wine tour of our local appellation of Saint Victoire named for the limestone mountain that towers above it. Local growers convinced the government it should be its own appellation within Cote du Provence because the sun bounces off the mountain causing its own micro climate hence the terroir is different . Only in France right.... Well really only in the grape growing world! Soooo competitive ! Then back to town for more strolling, markets and eating. I think I am getting used to this!

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Jun 18, 2013 - Yes, we are definitely in Provence

We have settled in to our great apartment in Aix, a one minute walk from the famous Cours Mirabeau . Lots of people, lots of walking, lots of shopping. There is a market for anything you need in one Place or another. Flowers, veggies, fish, it goes on and on. But the fabrics....oh can I tell you about the fabrics and linens, especially for the bedroom. Beautiful ! Wish I could bring it all back. Down side, it is THE most unfriendly kid place I have ever been to. 2 pathetic playgrounds with 3-4 pieces of equipment for a 2 year old. Leslie is...

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