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Oct 4, 2013 - A promenade down the Promenade Des Anglais

As you would have seen from our Nice pics, we live in very close confines with our neighbours. The apartment buildings are very old and have little balconies and shuttered windows. The sounds from one apartment travel easily to the others. Now, Margaret and I have never been known for our quiet voices, and they boom and rattle around the narrow open areas between apartments. Conversely, we hear very clearly the voices from the terrace just outside and below my bedroom window, and below that from the restaurant kitchen backing on to us. The...

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Oct 3, 2013 - St Raphaël and St Tropez

The skies were threatening as we boarded the train to St Raphael. What an amazing trip, hugged the coastline right around. Beautiful. Our intention was to then enjoy a one hour boat transfer to St Tropez, but the weather was against us. No ferries today. Wandered St Raphael, and came across an amazing ice cream shop - they just seem to jump in front of us here. Plan B. The bus. Again, a most scenic drive that we enjoyed immensely. And into the incredible St Tropez. A huge sailing race was scheduled for these few days, but with the...

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Oct 2, 2013 - Nice - Market Shopping and French Home Cooking

With some local knowledge in hand, set off on the tram to Liberation for a spot of market shopping. The tram! What an experience in itself. It is very slick and quiet, one route only and runs every 3-5 minutes. So efficient. But best of all, the announcements of the stops. Celestial harp music plays and the the next stop in announced in the most quiet and musical voice. One stop female, the next male. I reckon this will be what it's like when I'm waiting in line at the Pearly Gates waiting to hear my name called (one can only live in...

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Oct 1, 2013 - Marseille

Marseille Today is Tuesday so it must be the beautiful port of Marseille – probably not what we expected at all. We have watched too many old French movies and read to many stories about the notorious port of yester year. It is a lovely habour with lots of nice buildings around, many churches and of course fortifications and museums. We first took a boat ride out to the Chateau d’If. A posh sounding name for the infamous French prison island that was said to hold Dumas’s the Count of Monte Cristo amongst others. A desperate lonely place,...

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Sep 29, 2013 - Avignon - Travels to Aix

Thunder and lightening greeted us on arising today. Margaret's comment was, "oh, just do an entry to say that it was a miserable day so we stayed in and had a quiet one." She thought we could actually get one day ahead in the journaling process. Not to be! By lunchtime, the skies had cleared and it was a warm and balmy day so off we headed on our next adventure. What fun to just jump on a local country bus at random and explore some of Provence. Chose the bus to St Remy, but was informed by the driver that it was change of shift and that...

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Sep 29, 2013 - shocking walking - man that lightning was close!!!

Sunday morning saw L&G heading off for Beaune after a great visit. The four days they we here with us was wonderful with lots of laughter and the easy enjoyment of such good friends – thanks guys! We decided to try a local hike which started off sunny as we hiked up to Tourrettes then across the ridge to upper Fayence. Tourrettes was an interesting little hilltop town as they have painted many of the doors in the old stone buildings with a variety of scenes and artwork. There are about 40 pieces of “Hung Art”, as they call it, throughout...

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Sep 28, 2013 - Seillans to the seashore - we want to see it all

27 Sep - Despite a bit of a cloudy morning with a little breeze we drove to nearby Seillans and wandered our way through the wonderful little town with its central square complete with fountain and inviting café. Finding the trailhead for our hike “du jour” we spent 2 hours wandering through the French countryside, past lovely, quaint farmhouses, over and under stone bridges, stopping at small creeks and simply enjoying the quiet and peacefulness of rural Provence. The weather was just perfect for hiking and we tackled the ups with (almost)...

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Sep 26, 2013 - market days and home town shopping

Market day so we headed up town to examine the treasures and show Lari and Gayle “Old Town”. Smooth talking vendor’s separated us from some of our Euro’s but we didn’t complain as we enjoyed the most spectacular lunch with some of our purchases of olives, tapenade (dip mix of chiles, sun dried tomatoes, olives and parmesan cheese – sooooo good), cheeses and, of course, baguette! All that shopping required an afternoon of lounging by the pool as thoughts of an afternoon hike were conveniently forgotten. A person could get used to this...

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Sep 25, 2013 - fabulous Fayence

We have settled in and are loving our new digs in Fayence. We have explored the little old town with the tiny winding streets set above our place. It requires a fairly steep 10 minute hike UP to reach the clock tower with its fantastic views. In typical European fashion the stone buildings have painted shutters in various soft hues and flower boxes hanging from and set in the windows creating a gentle welcoming to town. The locals, with a quick and easy smile and “bonjour”, have made us feel comfortable and accepted into their piece of...

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Sep 22, 2013 - bus butts!

After a last wander around through downtown Florence we boarded our bus for Nice at 9pm. Even at night Florence is a busy, bustling city with tourists filling the streets, plazas and cafes. A bit too much for us but you can’t help but marvel at the Duomo, surrounding buildings and seemingly endless numbers of statues. The bus driver stopped every 90 minutes or so for what we finally realized was a smoke break! Lights would come on and most of the bus would empty for a smoke or to buy goodies in the store. The number of tunnels is mind...

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Sep 19, 2013 - Marseilles, France

The ship had done a lot of rock and rolling during the night and when we woke in the morning we were surprised to see that we were still a long way from land. Due to the high winds and waves overnight, the ship had had to reduce speed so we were about two hours late docking in Marseilles. Luckily, we had booked a shorter excursion into the countryside so although we were delayed by two hours, our tour did not have to be shortened in order to get back to the ship before sailing. Unfortunately our guide spoke with a very heavy French accent...

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Sep 13, 2013 - Day #7 Saint Tropez

Today was our last day in the Cote d' Azur, during dinner at the resort the night before we (Nikki and I) were told we needed to leave the house no later than 8am today. Lars the owner of our villa had stated Saint Tropez is extremely difficult to get to with traffic and suggested we take the ferry the last 14km to avoid being stuck in trace for hours. Well, this morning we awoke on time and were ready to go at 8. We arrive to a beachside community and park in a lot next to where we believe the ferry is rumored to be docked. Nikki and I are...

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