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Oct 1, 2016 - Another great day in Marseille

It only rains in Marseille 45 days in the year, and we managed to be here on one of those. But it did not dampen our spirits, nor our tour of the day. We decided to have an easy day, well, we had chosen the Easy Marseille tour so we hoped it would be. It was described as a 3½ hour tour of Marseille by coach. You could get off at various sites to take a photo, or stay on the coach and see everything from there. This said, I think it was possibly the most difficult day of walking we have done so far, but well worth it!! Our tour left the...

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Luke's Football Tour

Sep 11, 2016 - Pink mansions and car envy

Today - our last day staying in Nice - has been about a profusion of pink mansions! You will see two of them in the photos. One was David Niven's former home, beautifully located on the waterfront at Cap Ferrat. Unlike many of the other mansions that are behind high stone walls, this one is accessible on a public pathway. So, if David Niven were still alive, you could ring his doorbell and invite yourself in! The second pink mansion was the lovely Villa Ephrussi Rothschild, also on Cap Ferrat. The villa has nine themed gardens, including...

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Sep 8, 2016 - From seductive Antibes to glamorous Cannes

On Wednesday, I overdosed on art museums here in Nice. (Thanks, Joan, for the timely reminder). The south of France is where many of the Impressionists painted some of their most famous works. There are literally dozens of museums and galleries in the coastal towns and mountain villages, too many to visit! I chose three on Wednesday - the Matisse museum, the Chagall museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. The best was the Chagall museum which houses many of his series of biblical paintings. As someone who likes bright colours, it's easy to see...

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Sep 6, 2016 - Exploring Ventimiglia and Menton

Before I start my travelogue, I just thought I'd mention that my 40-year old high school French is coming back to me quite well. In fact, I gave directions in French (to someone looking for a street in Nice), answered someone who wanted to know whether the next train stopped at Cannes and just joked with the concierge also in French. I had bought a bottle of beer to enjoy in my hotel after a hot day of 30 degrees and much walking. I realised I didn't have a bottle opener so asked him for one. He obliged so I told him in French that because...

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Sep 4, 2016 - Days in Provence

September 3-4 Saturday I bid farewell to my countryside B&B and headed for Aix-en-Provence (not to be confused with any other towns named Aix). I wanted to go to Aix for a somewhat silly reason—when I stopped there four years ago it was cloudy and a little damp, and I was hoping to see it in a better light, so to speak. Be careful what you wish for—it got up to 95! I will have lobster arms, as I forgot sunscreen before I left the car (three levels underground in a car park). The city did sparkle in the sun. There is a huge fountain in the...

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France Road Trip Two

Sep 2, 2016 - Rivera Rambling

Thursday-Friday September 1-2 Cassis area Thursday I headed out for Antibes This was an arbitrary decision; I went as far west as Antibes on a previous trip, and I thought I would go straight there and work my way back to Cassis. I went on the freeway, which is a toll road. It is the way to go if you want to get somewhere quickly, but the tolls totaled about $15—time is money in this case! Antibes is a pretty busy little city, so I worked my way to the coast road and headed back west. The road went along the sea past lots of beaches with...

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France Road Trip Two

Aug 31, 2016 - Olympia to Cassis, via Reykjavik and Paris

Monday-Wednesday August 29-31 Olymmpia to Cassis Off on another trip! My flight left at 4:30 p.m.; seven hours to Iceland on a full plane, then a hour layover in Reykjavik getting through customs and getting to the next flight. Both changes involved the stairs and a bus to/from the terminal—very cold and damp in contrast to home and Paris. Landed in Paris after grabbing a couple of hours sleep, got luggage and the bus into the city. By the time I got to the hotel, it was 4:00, and I had been up for 24 hours except for my nap. My ambitious...

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France Road Trip Two

Aug 8, 2016 - Nimes, Arles and Roman ruins

We decided to spend two nights in Nimes so that we could explore the surrounding area which is rich in Roman history. Nimes itself has a wonderful Roman Arena which is slowly being restored. Our accommodation was near the Gare du Nimes and an easy seven minute walk along the Charles de Galle Esplanade to the Roman Arena and all the bars and restaurants. It's funny how it was so lively and people were looking to eat well after 10.00 PM. We also visited another nearby town, Arles, which is famed for inspiring the paintings of Vincent Van...

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Jul 15, 2016 - Arles - End of first leg of our trip

When we woke up this morning we all felt a bit flat due to the terrorist attach in Nice. Our ship is in actual fact down on the river quite a distance from the town of Tarascon. You would have to know we were there to see us. It is not going to affect us in anyway as our bus in not going to Nice. There are only 23 of us from this tour going onto the bus. The rest of the ship were going to Nice to the airport or going on the next leg of another tour. Not sure what is going to happen with them. Well we have heard that the ones going on the...

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Jul 14, 2016 - Terrorism Attack at Nice - We are safe

Hi All, We are safe. If you have a look at our map we are quite a distance from Nice (approx. 3 hrs) although we are down near the ocean. This attack will effect some of the people on our ship as a lot of them were either continuing their trip via Nice with Scenic or others were going to Nice Airport to fly home. I thought I would send this to you all just incase you were worried.

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Jul 14, 2016 - Tarascon - Saint Maries de la Mer

When we woke up this morning the boat was docked at Tarascon. It could not stay overnight in Avigonon due to the popularity of the city for Bastille Day. We left for our tours in the morning and when we left the boat then left once again for Avignon where we stayed for the rest of the day, but at tea time we left Avignon once again and went back to Tarascon again. Sounds silly but unfortunately it is what we had to do. Our tour today was a trip to the Mediterranean Sea- Saintes Maries de la Mar. It was a town which was quite modern and...

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Jul 13, 2016 - Uzes & Pont due Garde - Avignon

We docked at Avignon and then went for a bus ride to Pont du Garde - aqueduct, and Uzes(medieval castle with 4 towers) with cafes, and Provence market day. The Pont Due Garde is a Roman built aqueduct which was just magnificent and to be still standing today is amazing. It is the second highest standing Roman structure ( Rome Colosseum is only 6 feet taller). This was the biggest bridge in the whole 30 mile long aqueduct. The arches are twice the wideth of standard aqueducts, and the main arch is the largest the Romans ever built. - - 80ft...

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