Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, France

Sep 27, 2014 - Train to Avignon and Our First Night

We bid farewell to Caroline and her son Fergus and climbed into a cab for the Paris Gare de Lyon Train Station. We were probably much too early and had to wait, sitting on the floor since there were no chairs available. There was a detachment of 3 soldiers patrolling the station with machine guns! At last it was time to board our SNCF high speed train (TGV). We had reserved seats on the second level in first class. However, it did not have the ambiance of the Thalys train we took from Brussels. Food was not included and by the time Tom...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Our France Adventure

Jul 28, 2014 - Toulon France

In Toulon, we and our Aussie friends had a private tour with Tour designer in Provence. Our guide met us at the ship at 9:00, and we were off to see Cassis, Le Castellet, and Sanary sur Mer. These were non touristy, off the beaten path locations. First she drove us up to see the beautiful view above Cassis. We then had two hours free time in which we used an hour on an optional boat ride to see the white cliffs around Cassis. We did a little bit of shopping and had a snack before she picked us up to go to Le Castellet. Le Castellet was...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Mediterranean Cruise

Jul 17, 2014 - French Riviera

We drove all day Sunday to get into Antibes. We were supposed to stay in Nice but we were "upgraded" again. We stayed in a hotel which was small and only had one elevator so we had to carry our bags up. It may not have been an upgrade but it was ok. I got to see more of France than I thought I would. We were late for our dinner by an hour and a half but it was still alright. We had free time after dinner so we walked to the pier and saw the ocean. It's funny how the Aussies are fascinated by the "flat" water. Theirs have a lot of waves. We...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Taking Back My Brave

Jun 5, 2014 - More relaxation in Nice

A beautiful sunny morning again in Nice, I went back to the markets for breakfast. Pain au chocolate and another French pastry on the beach. Life is good! I sat on the beach for a while, but even with a towel, these pebble beaches are not that comfortable. Before long, I was ready to move, so I walked along the pathway to the port. There was one big cruise-liner in at the time and loads of very expensive looking yachts. Back around to the beach again, I walked along the beach pathway for an hour or so before turning around. The pathway...

Jump to full entry

Jun 4, 2014 - Chill out time in Nice

On the bus ride to Nice, our tour guide, Sophie, told us about markets located in the Old Town of Nice - 'Vieux Nice'. On my first morning, that is exactly where I headed. I walked towards the beach and came across the markets easily. The street runs paralell to the beach and you catch glimpses of the water through the big old archways. Senses in overload, I moved between the different stalls, deciding what to buy first. All sorts of fresh berries, cheese and cold meats. I bought some raspberries and strawberries and continued on. Some of...

Jump to full entry

Jun 3, 2014 - The hard road to the post office and the French Riviera

The post office was due to open at 8:20am, so I was set off with my sack full of things at 8:15am. Up the stairs from the marina and then uphill all the way, I had to stop a few times for a rest, having to carry the heavy sack in my arms. There were already of couple of little old ladies in the post office, but I didn't have to wait long for the good news that I could send my parcel. I filled out the form, put all 10kgs in a box (no wonder my arms were aching) and now I'm just crossing my fingers that it makes it home with the contents in...

Jump to full entry

May 18, 2014 - Travel Day

May 17, 2014 (all times based on our start time in Nice) 4:00 three alarms go off. 4:45 taxi to airport 4:53 arrive at airport...40 euros!! 5:30 checked in and through security 5:40 coffee in hand 6:32 all sitting in an exit row 7:02 take-off from Nice 8:00 land in Zurich 12:30 take off from Zurich 20:55 landed in DC 25 minutes to get through customs and security 1:10 take off from DC 7:00 land in Portland Figures out to 27 hours of flying and waiting in airports...and we pay to do this why??

Jump to full entry

May 15, 2014 - Nice

May 15, 2014 Good breakfast. 2.5 hour city tour with Agnes...Such a wealth of information...historical and anecdotal...but we are on information overload. For adventure...we chose trams (went the wrong way for one stop), buses and our feet to find the Russian Orthodox Church. Well...today is Thursday so it is closed!!! Actually, it was covered with scaffolding for renovations. Bummer. The return trip was much easier. On the way there we got an aggressive female bus driver who honked and went over a lane divider (scraping the bottom of the...

Jump to full entry

May 14, 2014 - Nice

May 14, 2014 Another good breakfast...especially the fresh, self-squeezed orange juice! On our way to the bus at 9:00. On the road by 9:20. Right out of Arles Rolinka told us about another Roman aqueduct (10 miles long) which brought water from the mountains to Arles. It also had 16 waterwheel flour mills along it..the mills produced enough flour to feed Arles. Then we saw rice fields...a new industry here. It is a red rice with a nutty flavor...good for risotto. The Po Valley in northern Italy is the largest rice producer in Europe. Also...

Jump to full entry

May 13, 2014 - Arles

May 13, 2014 Woke up to clear blue skies...the light Van Gogh loved! Lots of variety for breakfast...even a color-coded egg cooker and an electric juicer. Walking tour with a city guide...she was personable and full of information (with anecdotes that made it fun). She stopped at the major sites: Forum Square, St. Trophime Church, the Cloisters, Roman Arena (amphitheater), baths of Constantine, Roman Classical Theater, the Cafe la Nuit (subject of one of Van Gogh's famous paintings). Found a restaurant in the Forum Plaza...split tuna/veggie...

Jump to full entry

May 12, 2014 - Pont du Gard

May 12, 2014 Greeted this morning with sunny skies and a sit-down be waited on breakfast! First on the agenda was a bus ride to a winery for education about organic wine production, a tasting and a buffet lunch. This region is very agricultural...mile after mile of vineyards, the occasional red poppy field, rows and rows of plants under plastic, and wind turbines. As we rounded a curve we caught our first glimpse of the Mediterranean...with oyster and mussel beds. Romans used the Mediterranean for shipping in the antiquities...it is still...

Jump to full entry

May 6, 2014 - Frejus to Nice

Solo ride - Day 13 Well dear reader the day has come. Today is the last day of my solo ride across France. As you may recall, last night I found out that the parcel containing my bike bag and all my packing material had inadvertently ended up at my place in Australia. Needless to say I had a somewhat disturbed sleep as thoughts of how I was to get my bike home kept circling through my head. In desperation I took a Restavit and that knocked me out for a few hours. It's wonderful how a nice morning can make the world seem more positive. I had...

Jump to full entry
Previous -- 0 1  2  3  4  ... 72  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com