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May 23, 2016 - Avignon

The picture from last night pretty much sums up the evening. Had a great dinner with new and established (not old) friends, then danced until 11 or so. Long days for us! Today we took a taxi the 5 minutes to our apartment across from the Pope's Palace. 200 year old building but done up really nicely inside. Great reviews on HomeAway/VRBO, and he runs a B&B that also got great reviews. We're happy to be in a quiet, nice, safe location for a few nights. We have good recommendations for dinner from Alain the owner, and Anthony R. Walked to...

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May 22, 2016 - A swim at Menton

We travelled to Mentone, the GPS said it will take about 50 minutes. It took about three hours. There was so much traffic, due to it being a Sunday and a huge activity of some sort all along the beach - where our gps said to go:(. We went through such luxurious serious suburbs. It's amazing the amount of money that is being spent here. The boats, hundreds of huge launches. It was a lovely day and Christine went for a swim. Fortunately we chose Menton because this would have to be the least crowded part of the French Riviera. It is just on...

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France, spring 2016

May 22, 2016 - Tarascon and St. Remy

The boat sailed from 6-8 this morning from Avignon to Tarascon. Off to a leisurely start this morning at 9:15 to St. Remy and the mental hospital that Vincent Van Gogh spent his most productive years in 1888 and 1889. His stay was self-imposed. He only ended up selling one of his paintings before he died (The Red Vineyards near Arles). Yet another castle in Tarascon, then a coach trip to St. Remy. We were told to look out for a red Smart Car with Princess Caroline of Monaco in it. There is Grimaldi family property in the neighbourhood. Don...

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May 21, 2016 - Vence and St. Paul de Vence

We decided to revisit a place we saw 36 years ago - Vence up in the mountains behind us, or was it St. Paul de Vence? 36 years ago. It was a short drive there and we saw all around a modern art museum. Hmmmm, again. There was the usual ancient city we wandered around. This time instead of tourist junk shops there was quality art. Sculpture and painting very well done. The view back to the beach from Vence is spectacular. We also visited St Paul de Vence, which is where we were in 1980, Chris assures me. We also saw a church designed by...

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France, spring 2016

May 21, 2016 - Avignon

Apologies for the delay in notifications. Many excuses...crummy cell service/internet that makes you (Don) lose posts, too many alcohol induced experiences, going from morning to night, poor memories....you hear the sympathy violins playing in the background? We took the bus to the ancient roman aqueducts at Pont du Gard. A-ma-zing. Typical slope for today's plumbing is 1 in 50 (1" per 50"). Don calculated the drop for the aqueduct is 1 to 18,000. It drops 1" in 1500'. Google it. We went in to the tiny village of Usez for a couple of hours...

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May 19, 2016 - Carpentras to the Riviera

Again a 4 hour journey turned into an 8 hour one. The mountain scenery on the way was spectacular. Deep river gourges, steep high mountains, green hills, snow on mountain tops and yes narrow roads. The center line seems to be an ignored guideline. Not so bad when the cars are small, but Chris wrings her hands and stops breathing as big trucks come at us without warning from a corner. Still out of the gutter though. We took the 'no tolls' option and had a great trip....... mostly. Often we came upon quaint villages to stop and have a cup of...

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May 15, 2016 - Carpentras markets

We explored a local market that had so many stalls. It also had so many people so we expect "local" might be relative. It was interesting being in the thick of it. Such a crush. Most seemed to be Frecnh tourists visiting the 'country'. Lots of antiques, Chris read that it is the biggest antique market outside Paris. Lots of food. We had to park a fair way off. After other experiences losing the car we drew a map of where we left it, took photos on the way and wrote down street names (where we could find them) and other features. Yes we got...

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France, spring 2016

May 14, 2016 - Barcelona to Carpentras (Provence)

20 minutes in Barcelona traffic is easily equated with 5 hours on the freeway. I am not good at city traffic and can't read the gps and street signs at the same time. So I was glad to be out. Great views on the winding road down from our apartment but I was too afraid to stop for a photo. The trip took about 8 hours instead of 5 1/2 the gps predicted. We stopped often and always the last part takes a while if we are out of town on narrow roads that set off 3 out 4 of the parking sensors as we drive along. At one stop 2 American blokes asked...

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May 13, 2016 - Marseille, France

Not my favourite stop on the cruise... Lavender is nice but that's the best I can say about France. From the pictures you can see that they allow you to bring your puppy with you in restaurants.... I could get used to this. Our ship was late leaving today by 2 hours.... apparently there was a traffic jam in town due to the AC/DC concert.....

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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 been staying in since we arrived. The Ellington was in a great location on a beautiful residential street with shops and restaurants only 2 blocks away. 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...

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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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