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Nov 13, 2015 - Antibes

Today we headed into the nearby town of Antibes. We parked near the harbour and spent our first hour just admiring the multi-million pound boats. One was just gorgeous and we discovered by talking to a local that it was just 5 months old, built in the Netherlands and had cost over 100 million Euros .It also required 25 to 30 crew. We also learnt due to regulations even with its size it could only have 12 guests otherwise there would have been a requirement for full lifeboats etc and that would have spoilt the look! We then wandered through...

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Nov 12, 2015 - First day on the Mediterranean

After our journey yesterday we had a quiet day just exploring the local area. Our campground is located on a hill just outside Villeneuve Loubet Beach next to a park area very handy for Daisy’s morning walk. However to get to the beach and promenade we had to negotiate the busy main road and the railway line. We enjoyed a walk around the harbour and then along the promenade in the sunshine.

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Nov 11, 2015 - Heading south to the coast

Today we left Avignon and headed south to the French Riviera of the Cote d’Azur on the Mediterranean. As it was a holiday in France the roads were relatively quiet particularly through Avignon. We travelled through quite spectacular hills to the coast. We arrived safely at our campground (the only one open) near Antibes after negotiating the traffic on the coastal road and a rather tight turn into the campground. The campground once in was good and we intend to stay for maybe two weeks.

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Nov 10, 2015 - Les Baux-de-Provence

Today we headed out to Les Baux-de-Provence. However we stopped on the way just outside Fontvielle and visited some remains of another Roman aqueduct and the Moulin de Daudet (windmill). It was another beautiful day. We then carried onto the small fortified village of Les Baux-de-Provence again perched high on a hill. The main purpose was to visit the ruined 11th century castle which merges almost imperceptibly into the plateau above the village. We were surprised by the number of visitors in the village and the castle. Again the excellent...

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Nov 9, 2015 - La Chartreuse du Val du Benediction

It was back to being sunny and after a late get up decided to walk across to Villeneuve-les Avignon to visit the old monastery that we had run out of time to do the last time we visited the town. The monastery was founded by the sixth of the Avignon popes, Innocent VI and at the time was a closed order. We wandered through the three cloisters, church, chapels, cells and communal spaces. It must have been impressive in its time. We then enjoyed a long walk in the sunshine along a nearby canal where Daisy was able to have some off lead time.

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Nov 6, 2015 - Two villages and a strange landscape

We headed east out of Avignon to area called the Luberon valley. There are many villages perched on hills in the beautiful countryside of course full of vineyards. Our road took us to the village of Gordes. Coming up to village from the main road you suddenly get this amazing view of the village. A cluster of honey-coloured buildings seemingly clinging to a sheer rock face. The village was the usual cluster of houses with narrow cobbled streets and of course a chateaux and the church dominating the town square. From there we headed to the...

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Nov 5, 2015 - Orange

Today we headed out to Orange just north of Avignon. On our way we stopped at the small village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in an area of vineyards. We wandered up to the ruined chateau for the views across the Rhone valley before continuing to Orange. The main purpose of visiting Orange was to visit the spectacular Roman Theatre and it did not disappoint. The theatre dates from 55AD and it is the only theatre of its era to have the stage wall still standing. From the outside it just looked like an enormous stone wall but once inside it was...

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Nov 5, 2015 - Fenocchio Ice Cream

Your next stop immediately after spending a day in Nice, whether it was on the rocky beaches or walking around town, has to be Fenocchio Ice Cream. There is no excuse that can prevent you from going considering they are open from March to November from 9 in the morning until midnight, non-stop (8). If you are an extreme foodie like I am, this stop is a necessity because if you think you've had the best ice cream in your life already, think again. The parlor I went to opened in 1966 and had a collection of 94 flavors comprised of 59...

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Nov 4, 2015 - Let's Go to the Beach

If you absolutely LOVE beaches like I do and can't go on a trip without including one in the itinerary, it's a necessity that you visit Nice. As a heads up, this beautiful city is pronounced "niece," so try not to be the tourist looking for the city of Nice (not mean). When I first arrived, I didn't know what to expect. I had been going to sandy beaches my whole life, and I just assumed that it would be similar; I was very wrong. I went to Castel beach in Nice, and it is a gorgeous, public, rocky beach. I know a rocky beach doesn't sound...

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Nov 3, 2015 - Village d'Eze

Upon arriving to the lovely town of Eze, I was initially intimidated by all the walking I would have to do just to get to the top. Although it was a workout, it was definitely worth it; however, when you visit Eze, I strongly recommend wearing either sneakers or very comfortable shoes because you can't allow blistered feet to ruin this amazing experience. Not only does this place have an incredible scenery, but it also has a historical background for those travelers who are interested in that aspect of traveling. This medieval city,...

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Nov 2, 2015 - Mont Ventoux and the Nesque Gorges

After all the history of the popes we needed to see some countryside so we headed out of Avignon to visit Mont Ventoux. The outline of Mont Ventoux can be seen from Avignon and is 1912m (6215ft) high. Mount Ventoux has become legendary as the scene of one of the most grueling climbs in the Tour de France bicycle race, which has ascended the mountain fifteen times since 1951. It is seen as one of the serious cyclists’ challenges whichever of the three routes you can take up the mountain. In driving to the start of the road up to Mount...

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Nov 1, 2015 - Palace of the Popes

Who would believe it was November! We left Daisy in the cool of the coach and headed back into Avignon to visit the Palais des Papes. Our visit included an excellent audio guide which told us about the history and functions within the palace. We thought it was big from the outside but once inside it was enormous with huge halls, rooms and staircases. The Palais is actually made up of two buildings: the old Palais of Benedict XII which sits on the impregnable rock of Doms, and the new Palais of Clement VI the most extravagant of the Avignon...

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