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Oct 6, 2009 - Avignon

Sur le pont d’Avignon L'on y danse, l'on y danse Sur le pont d’Avignon L'on y danse tout en rond On the bridge of Avignon We all dance there, we all dance there On the bridge of Avignon We all dance there in a ring @@@@@@@ I kept thinking about all the great French films that we have seen over the years, many of them set in the south, particularly Provence. When we arrived at the train station in Montpelier to book a ticket east, I wanted to suggest to Anil that we go to Avignon, but it seemed to be a little out of the way. When Anil...

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Oct 5, 2009 - My birthday - Carcassonne to Avignon

What a start to the day - missed our wake up call and our TGV. No refund - had to rebook - so went shopping. Early afternoon and now headed for Avignon. Met Dana & Fay from USA on the train. We were planing on doing some similiar sightseeing so decided to hit the Tourist place together. Armed with info it was coffee time to make some decisions. The places we wanted to go too were looking difficult - no trains or buses to some - then, Shirley had a brainwave, I grabbed Dana and zoomed back to the tourist place before they closed and got my...

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Sep 22, 2009 - Paris - overnight train to Milan

Sleep in and then off to the Musee d Orsay. Not too long a wait in the queue. Musee d Orsay - very impressed - where else can you get so up close and personal with so mnay wonderful paintings and sculptures (especially liked the dance ones). Renoir - Monet - Cezanne - . . . Then one of my favourite things in Paris - a walk along the River Seine - headed back to the Latin Quarter for some shopping and continued back to the hotel to squeeze the extra in. Taxi to Paris Bercy and prepare for an overnight train to Milan. Well, what an education...

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Jul 30, 2009 - Cinque Terre To Avignon

An early start today. Spent most of the day on the train, the line hugging the coast most of the way, apart from the long tunnels through mountains. We changed trains at Genova, Ventimiglia, Nice and Marseille, finally arriving at Avignon at 8pm. All went to plan, apart from the non existent train we were meant to catch at Ventimiglia, which resulted in us missing our pre booked eurostar from Nice to Avignon. This meant that Ali was able to have a 1.5 squiz at Nice, including its famous promenade. We had some fantastic views of the Italian...

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Jul 26, 2009 - Papal Visit

Avignon was overrun by the Popes back in 1309 when the then Roman hierarchy sent them packing from the Vatican. The Popes proceeded to establish a grand Papal Palace, gardens and defensive walls around the town that they dominated. They also began growing wine – for consumption, not the altar – at Chateauneuf-du-Pape, their summer residence not too far distant. Unfortunately our hotel was located about 4 km beyond the enticement of the old city in a forgettable suburban commercial precinct. Additionally, it was a formula hotel of the Ibis...

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Jul 3, 2009 - Les Baux (tout un bail!)

J’ai décidé d’aller aux Baux de Provence en m’inventant un circuit. Pas facile ce coin là de France pour les routes. Je prend la route le long du Rhone et quelque part, je devrais pouvoir le traverser. À un moment donnée, je crois que ce pont n’existe pas mais finalement, il est là. Après le pont, je dois emprunter une petite route qui passe par une abbaye. C’est de toute beauté la route dans les arbres. De façon surprenante, il peut y avoir une végétation assez luxuriante dans certaines zones de la Provence. Ces zones sont dans les basses...

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Jul 2, 2009 - Départ de Benoit (par lui-même!), re-snif

Retour dans le temps, attention....tsiiiouuuuuu! 31 juin 8h00 Levé du corps assez bien, mais la faim n'est pas au rendez-vous, car hier notre super souper au resto n'était pas encore fini de digéré! Aujourd'hui, préparatifs de départ: emboitement du vélo, départ du camping, retour à Lyon pour un souper chez les Guiyader... 10h00 Yé, le vélo est emballé: Yvan m'a laissé faire le tout pendant que lui préparait le reste du camping car pour la route: avec son café préparé pour moi spécialement, ça va mieux! Mais, bizarre, on dirait que la...

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Jul 2, 2009 - Les romains l'avait compris: l'eau source de vie

Levé du corps assez tôt car avec les orages annoncés, il faut que je termine tôt (circuit de 100 km; 800 m de dénivelé) en début d’après-midi. J’utilise un circuit qui m’amènera à un autre fameux pont (voir la photo). C’est bien le pont du Gard construit il y a 2000 ans pour acheminer de l’eau à Nîmes. Regardez bien la photo, les petits bouts verticaux noirs au premier niveau représentent des personnes. C’est vraiment impressionnant ce que les romains on fait. L’eau de l’aqueduc passait tout en haut dans la partie supérieure. Tout a été...

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Jul 1, 2009 - Départ de Benoit snif

Benoit vient de partir. Je suis bien triste; on a passé de très bon moments dans un contexte intime : Papa et fils qui font du sport ensemble et qui profite de la vie; c’est pas mal super. Mon objectif de faire quelque chose de particulier avec Benoit est atteint et je crois qu’il a bien apprécié. Le dernier repas dans le restaurant a veille de notre départ à été assez magique; le retour dans la nuit éclairé par une moitié de lune n’a fait qu’ajouter à cette soirée. Il faudra trouver quelque chose compatible pour Annick. Comme la vie passe...

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May 4, 2009 - Annecy to Switzerland to Avignon

This morning we packed up and departed our little hotel room in Annecy. Mum and Dad changed their mind on our itinery and headed south for Barcelona , but first we wanted to go to Geneve, switzerland. on the way we passed through tunnel after tunnel and across the border line within seconds no stamps nothing. drove arond the lake front for a while. very beautiful. then headed for Avignon. stopped for lunch in a grassy picnic area off the motorway. then continued on our journey. arrived in Avignon at 5pm and found a hotel room right by the...

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Oct 7, 2008 - Avignon and Provence

Another early start (sleep does not feature prominently in our agenda!) and we are off to the Gare Lyon for the TGV to Avignon. Since it is early the normal train ticket counters to validate our rail pass are not yet open and a mad run through the station reveals another counter far from the tracks. Running through the station with luggage provides amusement for the French (we Americans aim to please!), and we make the train with minutes to spare. As we jump onto the train, Alnoor just turns to me and says in a dry tone of voice “ Well, I...

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Sep 17, 2008 - Cannes and Avignon

Well; of course up early again to leave Nice... boo hooooooooo!!!!! I would come back here in a minute. We stop in Cannes on the way out. Nothing to write home about; but we didn't get a lot of time. Went and had a photo at the Grande Theatre where the stars walk the red carpet during the festival. They asked me to put my handprints in the cement while I was there; but I didn't want to get the bus dirty. They have a sand beach here; but it is all imported sand. Go figure! Not sure from where, but I make my way down to the beach for a sample...

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