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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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Oct 31, 2015 - Villeneuve les Avignon

Another glorious day. In the morning we had to do a shop and discovered driving around Avignon was certainly an experience with some interesting junctions and one-way roads. After lunch we headed over the Rhone the other way to Villeneuve-les- Avignon. The historic centre to the town felt more like a village. At the time of Avignon being the papal residence Villeneuve-les-Avignon was where the cardinals built their palatial residences and a great monastery was founded by Pope Innocent VI. We started our exploration by visiting the Tour...

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Oct 30, 2015 - Avignon

On our very first day in Avignon and we woke up to sunshine and clear blue skies. It took us just over 15 minutes to walk into Avignon from the campground. We got our first sight of the Pont St Benezet and the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) as we crossed the bridge across the Rhone River. Avignon has an illustrious history. The name of the city dates back to the 6th century BC when it was a Greek trading area. The Romans arrived in 120BC and the town and area surrounding where the first transalpine province of the Roman Empire....

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Oct 29, 2015 - Heading south to Avignon

We had a day of heavy rain so caught up with washing etc at Belbigny before heading south. We decided to head south once again to Avignon. Our destinations are being determined by which campgrounds are open as most campgrounds in France close at the end of September or at the latest end of October. Avignon had a good write up in our guides and the campground in Avignon does not close until the 21 November and they were happy to accommodate us. We had a good journey on the excellent French motorways although they do cost you in tolls and...

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Oct 16, 2015 - Les Baux de Provence

Similar to the old village of Eze, this is a fantastic sight to visit for those travelers who are intrigued by medieval castles and fortresses. You get to walk up, down, and around the ruins of the castle. The reason the castle was built so high up on a hill was because it gave the local people the double advantage to watch over the countryside that surrounded them and to protect themselves (7). Even if you don't care about any of the historical background associated with the Chateau-Fortress ruins, which is completely understandable, the...

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Oct 1, 2015 - Works Cited

(2) Angelillo, Katherine. "South of France." Telephone interview. 10 Nov. 2015. (6) "August Weather Averages for Nice, France." August Weather Averages for Nice, France. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Nov. 2015. (11) "The Bridge of Avignon or "Pont D'Avignon", in Provence." Pont D'Avignon. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2015. (3) Cartwright, Mark. "Aqueduct." Ancient History Encyclopedia. N.p., 1 Sept. 2012. Web. 10 Nov. 2015. (8) "~Fenocchio~." ~Fenocchio~. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2015. (9) "French Cuisine." French Cuisine, France. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov....

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Oct 1, 2015 - Avignon

The famous bridge in Avignon, Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as the Pont d'Avignon, was a part of one of the most important pilgrimage routes between Italy and Spain (11). This bridge is so well-known that it has it's own little song: "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." This translates into: "On the bridge of Avignon, they are dancing, they are dancing, on the bridge of Avignon, they are dancing all around." I learned this children's song when I was in middle school French...

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Sep 19, 2015 - Nice 5

Today R/R, rented bikes and rode to the market and the old city. Came home and had lunch, then went to the beach. Not a cloud in the sky and the sea was calm today. Geeez I'm getting tired of this kind of stuff :-) Seems that there are quite a few women who don't take care of their belongings very well, because they were on the beach and they couldn't find their tops! :-O Getting ready for our last meal in Nice. We are going out to get a bucket of mussels....oh wait did I say we? Nice has been pretty awesome. Nancy said she could come...

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