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May 14, 2015 - Aix again

We decided to stay in the city and see some of the museums. At breakfast Didier told us about the French work schedule and holidays. In May everyone only works 4 days a week. Add that to 11 holidays and 5 weeks vacation. Waiters get an additional day per month. My addition brings that to almost 7 weeks per year. Vive la Revolution! Didier told us the Mistral is coming tomorrow, with winds up to 60 mph. We will see. Later, toured the Manet Museum. Very fine art, including an extensive collections of Cezanne and Picasso. Packing duty as we...

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May 13, 2015 - Avignon and GPS Frustration

After our Petite Dejuenet (breakfast) we motored to the city of Avignon. The GPS insisted on taking us on small roads with many, many roundabouts. On arrival in Avignon we found the parking lot and began our exploration. After lunch we toured les Palais des Papes (Popes Home). Their was a battle between Avignon and Rome for the Pope's location and Avignon won for a while in the 13th and 14th Centuries, but don't quote me. Mel Brooks in one of his movies had the line "It's good to be the King". He was wrong, it was even better to be the...

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May 12, 2015 - Touring Aix and Countryside

Made another trip to Aix this morning since it was market day. A beautiful selection of fruits and vegetables and everything else you can imagine. We had a 1 o'clock appointment for a winery tour of the Chateau La Coste Winery. A Rich Irishman bought it and modernized it. It is unlike any facility I've ever seen. Looked like a cross between a nuclear reactor and refinery. It is said to have cost $30 million and was completed in 15 months. Amazing. After our picnic lunch we drove to a charming village of Ansouis. It was all we imagined and...

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May 11, 2015 - Arrival at Aix en Provence

Cab to the airport to get the car. Naturally the reservation was screw up so the cost was outrageous. Will deal with that later. After a relatively uneventful (for us) trip we are now in Aix de Provence at our B&B Les 7 Roses d' Aix. We are a short drive to the town. Our gracious hosts are Martine and Didier, who welcomed us with a glass of Rose. Ummm good. Drove to the town of Aix and stumbled around. Beautiful town and lots of Provence products naturally. Spent time at an outside bar sipping Rose, then on to dinner. Dinner was excellent:...

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May 10, 2015 - A Day at the Cote d'Azur

Our tour van driver, Matilda, arrived early, so not so much breakfast. The tour took us to the Fragonard perfume factory. Being Sunday, the place was loaded with tourists and busses (and too many Chinese). Linda made the obligatory purchases to take home. The "noses" (fragrance identifiers) working for the company have to be able to ascertain 2,000 different smells. They cannot drink or smoke since this would spoil their gift. They work 3 hours a day to avoid ODing on smells. Closeby was a hilltop village with requisite church. Thr tour...

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May 7, 2015 - Antibes

Thursday, May 7th. Again the drive along the coast was spectacular. As we didn’t have far to drive we elected to take the local roads rather than the auto route. It was interesting especially around St Tropez. Traffic jams everywhere. It took us 15 minutes to get through a round-about. All because of a huge Harley Davidson Convention. Welcome Harley signs were everywhere for about 20 km. It seemed like 1,000 of bikes were riding with us along the coast. packs (or clutches, or groups, it seems like there should be a name for 10 or more...

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May 5, 2015 - Cavaliere

Tuesday, May 5th.and Wednesday the 6th. Our campground was – on top of a hill in Cavaliere Sur Mer. By the way, we have had no problems finding campgrounds on our trip. Our TomTom (Richard) , once we plug in the coordinates, leads us to the one of our choice. (found in one of the discount camping books we have purchased – which in this case is in French. Thank goodness, latitudes and longitudes is a universal language.) Not willing to miss another meal we headed – downhill – to find a restaurant well before closing time. It turned out to...

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May 4, 2015 - Stop at Supermarket then around Marseille to the Sea.

Monday, May 4th. We said good bye to our lovely spot on the Rhone and headed to Cassis by way of the LeClerc. A huge shopping center which included a supersized grocery store. I was able to find a padded sleeve for my IPad but not the keyboard, in an electronics store. We stocked up on a “few” things and headed out for our hour long drive to the coast. Fighting traffic in the big city did not appeal to us so we decided to bypass Marseille and head for the coast on the other side. At first we were just going to stop at Cassis for a quick...

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May 3, 2015 - Villeneuve les Avignon

Sunday May 3rd. Monday we took the bridge to the other side of the Island to explore Villeneuve les Avignon. (It was a 10 minute drive uphill) Explore it we did. Always concerned for places to park our camper car we chose the first one we came to that had room. Mistake. Although we had a great close up view of the town the Old Fort Saint-Andre was perched on a hill – bless their ingenuity, above the town. We walked over 7 miles that day. I felt like they were ALL up hill. The first stop before visiting the town is the Tower of Phillip the...

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May 2, 2015 - Visit to the Pont and the Palaise du Papes.

Sat. May 2nd. What a beautiful day we woke to. Off to catch our ferry, then our first stop St. Benezet Bridge (Pont St. Benezet). Built between 1171 and 1185, it was the only bridge across the mighty Rhone in the Middle Ages. Merchants pilgrims and armies depended on it. It was damaged several times by floods and rebuilt until 1668 when most of it was knocked down by a disastrous icy flood. For over a century there was no bridge. While only 4 arches survive today the original bridge had 22 arches and was 3000 feet long. How impressive....

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May 1, 2015 - Our walking tour.

Friday, May 1st. (Labour Day in France, a public holiday) We woke to a rainy drizzly day but decided because we had rain gear we weren’t going to let that keep us in. As it was a public holiday the ferry wasn’t running so we turned left out of our campground and crossed the Rhone over the Da Ladier Bridge which brought us to a different entrance to the city. There were a few River Boats tied up along-side the river. Our campground is actually on an island (Barthelasse) in the middle of the Rhone. We didn’t figure that out until we saw a...

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Apr 30, 2015 - Avignon

Thursday, April 30th. We woke to a beautiful sunny day and decided to wander around Avignon. We met a couple from Canterbury, GB as we were waiting for our ferry ride across the Rhone. They were RV’ing for 3 months and as this wasn’t their first trip to Europe they had many good suggestions. It was agreed we would get together later for a drink and more conversation. We boarded the ferry just before 12:30, luckily, because this was their last trip across before they broke for lunch, returning at 2 PM. (3 minutes to cross, eight minutes to...

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