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May 26, 2018 - Avignon

Day 8. Avignon. (Arles to Avignon) 26/5/18. Saturday. Cloudy, light rain morning; sunny, hot afternoon. 15-30 degrees We are given weather predictions daily, and after receiving todays, I changed into summer dress to suit the weather. Wrong....we had light rain and a breeze and it was quite cool, maybe even 18-20 degrees, and most people felt cold, but it was too late to change again, as we had left the boat and were on our walking tour of Avignon. First we passed le Pont d’Avignon - you all know that song from school days - and then went...

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May 25, 2018 - Arles

Day 7. Arles 25/5/18. Friday. Hot & sunny, some slight breeze. 17-28 degrees Hot and cold during the night - on and off with the doona. We’ve asked for a top sheet, which is the way we like to sleep. Showers and breakfast, and we decided to miss the mornings excursion to a castle fort with lots of steps and olive farm. We both felt very tired, and this is the first time we’ve not done an excursion. Ian got a book out of the library and sat in the lounge reading and chatting, and I stayed in our cabin reading through all the bits of paper...

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May 24, 2018 - Monte Carlo to Arles

Day 6. Monte Carlo to Arles. 24/5/18. Thursday. Sunny, hot. Early start today after ports out last night; breakfast at 6.30. Because the F1 race track is right in front of the hotel, the hotel is totally blocked and we had to leave by the back way, up the adjoining walk to the Casino, across a temporary overhead bridge which goes over the track - and a F1 car roared past right under us - what a buzz, (well, I thought it was a F1 car, but Ian said it was just a medic car, but it made a heck of a noise and was going fast)- up steep streets to...

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May 22, 2018 - Cirque de Navacelles, Pont du Gard

Yesterday we drove from just south of Bordeaux to Brive le Gaillard on the autoroute. From here we turned south leaving the motorways at D802 to go to Rodex and on to Millau. We drove from coastal plain through foothills to the Mediterranean Pyrenees. In the distance we could see medieval villages. Rodex was a modern town with perhaps an 17th - 18th century center. Millau was a red-roofed beige blocked building town with a medieval center. We saw a small white train tourimg people aroumd. Just north and west we had seen unusual rock...

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May 20, 2018 - Hong Kong to Nice via Munich 20/5/18

Day 2. Hong Kong to Nice via Munich 20/5/2018. Sunday. Munich 8 degrees, foggy, rain; Nice hot, sunny, blue sky. The plane was loaded, backed out a bit, and sat for about 20 minutes before finally departing. We had a drink on board, and decided to skip the dinner meal, as nothing seemed to be happening in a hurry, and we were both very tired - it was after 1am Brisbane time. Ian had a couple of good, long sleeps, and I had more shorter ones. 12 hours in one stretch is a long time! Finally, there was movement at the station, as the word had...

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May 19, 2018 - Arles Ambience

It was with a mixture of sadness and anticipation with which we bade farewell to Lapradelle. The day before included another 'quick' visit to see Jean-Jacques and Dominique who live literally around the corner and with their insistence, we drank Suz and Muscat aperitifs before we departed and they headed off for their own dinner invitation. Things really hot up in Lapradelle on Friday nights and that includes a mobile pizza van on the corner and at least five patrons braving the local pub. After viewing the state of the floor and slightly...

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Helen in Europe

Apr 29, 2018 - Why do Dutch men on holiday look like raisins?

We are back in our beloved camper van for another European adventure, and this time plan to take in southern France, the lakes in northern Italy and with the bulk of our time in Slovenia. We picked up our camper in the UK, and unlike last year we did not flail around in the swampland that was northern Europe, but drove directly south to Vaison la Romaine in Provence, starting this trip in the same place we ended last fall. Vaison is truly one of our favourite places with Roman ruins, wonderful modern and Medieval town, great campsite and...

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Apr 25, 2018 - 36 hours in Lyon

Extra time in Avignon meant less time in Lyon. Our bus was an hour late picking us up from Avignon, it was 9pm by the time we checked into our motel. Luckily we found a bouchon close by for a delicious dinner. Rabbit terrine entree with veal and mushrooms for me. Hot sausage with potato for Lil. We were happy to find a real bouchon, there are only about 20 in Lyon. There are many fake ones, you can tell the real ones as they have the bouchon puppet plate at the front. We rose early for our full day in Lyon, it was a comedy of errors. We...

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Apr 23, 2018 - 2 nights in Avignon

We arrived in Avignon on Saturday for our 2 night stay. We visited the Palais des Papes, a palace built by the pope when he fled Rome. Over time 7 popes did their popey thing here. At the same time there were rival popes in Rome. The place was really interesting. They had a virtual reality tour, as you entered the room, your Histopad took you back in time and you could look around the room as it used to be. Really cheap for the value, 14 euro which included Pont d’Avignon. This bridge which has been partly washed away by floods houses 2...

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Apr 17, 2018 - 4 nights in Nice

Early start on our way to Nice, a 3.45am taxi to Paris Orly airport. Our 10am flight had been cancelled due to strikes and our wonderful neighbour Suzy, and of course Brett, managed to get us on a 6.30am flight to Nice, otherwise we would have had to fly the next day which would have really ruined my schedule! The flight to Nice was short, when we arrived at our accommodation to leave our bags we were able to check in which meant we could get changed and relax for a bit. We visited Parc du Chateau which sits on top of a mountain and was...

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Feb 11, 2018 - Being unhappy while having the time of your life (a note from Arles)

While travelling on the bus home from Arles a few Saturdays ago, I overheard a conversation between two British students sitting in the seats in front of me. I initially tuned in because I enjoyed hearing their accents, but ended up listening for a bit longer than is probably socially acceptable, engrossed in my eavesdropping by the topic of their discussion - unhappiness. Studying abroad in Europe is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I feel extremely lucky to be here, and I know that not many people ever have the chance to do something...

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Feb 4, 2018 - Aix-en-Provence, pas Aix-en-Vacances !

It’s been two weeks now since my last blog post, and maybe not entirely coincidentally, it’s also been two weeks since I started classes at “Sciences Po-Aix,” my university in France, which is mostly geared towards political science (never mind that’s not one of my majors, I made it work). As one of my professors said on the first day, it’s now “Aix-en-Provence, pas Aix-en-Vacances !” (“Aix-en-Provence, not Aix-on-Vacation!”). The campus itself is centralized almost entirely in two buildings just across from the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur,...

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