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Jan 11, 2015 - Monte Carlo Or Bust!

I wanted to visit Monte Carlo, just along the coast from Canne, to see where the Formula One is run around the streets of the city. Monte Carlo is the capital of Monaco, a tiny Principality state in it's own right. As there are no camp sites or Aires there we found an Aire just outside Nice which turned out to be perfect as it was right beside a local train station. So after our coffee break we headed down to the station & as luck would have it a train pulled in just as we got there so we were able to hop aboard & enjoy a 45 minute ride...

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Jan 10, 2015 - Cannes

We had another quick look around Sisteron before setting off down the last leg to the coast. A lovely sunny day with temperatures up to the low 60s at times. We are avoiding the toll roads so it is slower but we pass through the small towns along the way so driving is a lot more interesting, especially on the narrower streets in the towns. We reach the coast at Canne & stop at a nice little camp site just to the West of the city. After lunch it was a short bus ride into the city for a look around & a chance to find a couple of geocaches as...

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Jan 9, 2015 - Sisteron

Horrible morning driving out through Lyon to Grenoble. Early morning traffic, odd SatNav directions, hundreds of red traffic lights all added up to make it a slow & painful trip. One good thing was the IKEA store on the outskirts of Lyon. We had stopped to fill up with diesel & spotted the offer of a croissant, orange juice & coffee for €1, an offer not to be missed. What we hadn't anticipated was the need to trek all around a labyrinth trail through every department to get to the restaurant. Then they had the nerve to charge 20 cents extra...

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Nov 6, 2014 - Our first visit to Marseilles

Took the shuttle bus from the ship into the centre of the old town of Marseilles. Went on the Hop On Hop Off bus for a tour around - past Notre Dame La Garda Cathedral and other sites. It was a very cold day so decided to go back to the ship. In the afternoon we found a nice sunny spot out of the wind and caught up on our reading. Our next, and final stop, is Monte Carlo.

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Oct 6, 2014 - Aix-en-Provence

Our hotel, “The Renaissance” (a Marriott property) is exceptional and offers a commanding view of the city of “X” (as the locals abbreviate and pronounce Aix-en-Provence). We were impressed by the modernistic architecture as we headed to the pedestrian-only streets. We had a typical French breakfast (croissants and coffee) at Le Festival cafe and then wove our way through the throngs of people on this Monday morning. There were many young teens. Tom used his new Leica C camera to capture images in the “street photography” genre. This tiny...

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Oct 5, 2014 - Aix-en-Provence

We lazed around the inn until noon. Tom vegged out on the chaise on the balcony listening to the birds and the church bells. Anne had set up the “Never Lost” to go in 3 distinct routes, so we would do a tour as well as get to Aix-en-Provence. The first leg was OK, bu the second was through a very twisty-turny mountain pass. We only got lost a couple of times as we missed turns in small towns. We had acquired a baguette sandwich at a patisserie and stopped along the way at one of the many picnic pull-offs. It was almost like camping. When we...

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Oct 4, 2014 - The Cotes du Rhone Wine Road

We got an earlier start today and headed out on a 30 mile circular tour that is called “The Cotes du Rhone Wine Road.” Most of the route was on country roads with just one road skirting the small town of Crestet where we stopped for just a moment. The best sights were at the Le Col de la Chaine Mountain Pass. From the vantage point, we could view the Dentelles de Montmirail - a small range with very jagged edges. As we viewed these mountains from the side of the road, we were passed by motorcycles driving at break-neck speeds. We had to...

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Oct 3, 2014 - Vaison La Romaine

When Anne was setting up our France itinerary, she had tried to book a hotel in Vaison La Romaine but there was nothing available. We are so glad! Vaison La Romaine is another cramped city and the hotel would have been on the side of a hill with narrow streets - not conducive to driving our car, AND parking. We walked around the busy streets and up to the “Old Town” where we had lunch at “Creperie” with a great view of the surrounding area. After a stop for gasoline at a grocery store, and learning how to do that without a chip-and-pin...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Up to Seguret Village

We watched the sun peek over the hill from our East facing balcony as it bathed the soil in its warmth. The temperatures have been in the mid-70’s to lower 80’s during the day and the nights are in the mid-50’s with clear skies. Before heading out to explore the nearby village of Seguret, Tom walked around the property and captured some images of the hotel/vineyard. Unlike the other towns and cities we have visited, Seguret is a sleepy village with plenty of parking and steep climbs (it is on a hill!). It is only a 5 minute drive away with...

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Oct 1, 2014 - Day 2- Marseille and some of its splendours.

October 1st 2014- After rain all day yesterday and well into the night, today was a total welcomed contrast. Temperatures were in the 20 to 23 degrees and practically no humidity. We overslept this morning. Getting up at 10am is very unusual for me but without my sleep apnea machine sleeping comfortably was not on the agenda. We had a pleasant breakfast at our hotel and yes a 4 star hotel makes quite a difference. Our room is very spacious, comfortable and breakfast contained a wide variety of choices. Following breakfast we made a quick...

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Oct 1, 2014 - Provence, Seguret

We stayed in the hotel until checkout time and programmed our “Never Lost” GPS for the shortest distance (which was not on expressways). As we left Avignon in a bit of city traffic, we soon began to see the distant mountains and were on real country roads. In fact the roads were dirt in some places and very narrow. Guess you should be careful what you wish for! Our next hotel is right on route D-23 and we were there before we knew it. We had expected a small B&B, but it’s really small inn with 22 rooms but very personable - run by the...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Laundry, and the Pont Du Gard Aqua Duct, Dinner at Fou de Fafa

We needed some time to just relax and Anne stayed in the hotel room while Tom ventured out to a local laverie (laundry) to catch up on this essential part of a journey. It was a luxury not to do the wash in a sink and find a place to dry it. He had brought his iPhone with a book in Kindle, but he spent most of the time during the laundry talking to a local and some other tourists. On the way back from the laundry, he stopped at a deli and picked up a baguette-submarine for lunch. Again, braving the roundabouts, we headed out to the Roman...

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