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Sep 15, 2015 - Antibes

We got ready and were about to leave this morning when we discovered the safe was not working. I had locked it and tried to open it to put something else in, but it would not open. We went down intending merely to report it to the front desk, but they insisted that they try to fix it then. So I left Christine in the lobby and went up with the manager, who tried unsuccessfully to open it. She called a maintenance man who was also unable to open it, but went and got a key which enabled him to open it, but it still was not working, so I locked...

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Sep 15, 2015 - In Nice

Spent all of the 14th. on the toll road. I've had my fill of those. Getting off the toll roads is like driving in a Costco parking lot that is on steroids. Spent the night in Avignon. Today drove to Nice. Met up with John and had lunch, rented some bikes and went for a bike ride on the promenade. Went grocery shopping Nancy made supper. The End

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Sep 14, 2015 - Chagall and around Nice

We lay longer this morning and then got ready and walked into the old town. The weather had improved and was quite nice. Not blazing sunshine, but warm and bright through some low clouds or high mist. We had breakfast at the same place as we had crepes on Saturday. It was almost half the price of what the hotel charges. We then walked along to the Tourist Information Office (right next to the Hard Rock Cafe!) And got a discount card and other information. We walked back to the Hop on Hop off bus and there was one there, so we got on....

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Sep 14, 2015 - Avignon

Drove most of the day, got off the toll roads and went cross country through a national park. Was hoping to find a quaint little hotel in some quaint setting. Just found what felt like a giant EOA experience :-( So we drive the extra 2 hours and got to Avignon, once the home of the guys with the big pointy hats :-)

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Sep 13, 2015 - Nice is not alway nice

I woke up this morning to the sound of bangs and wind. My first thought was, "We must be moving". Then I thought, "Wait a minute, we are not on the ship!" The noise continued as the room was lit up with almost continuous flashes. We were in the middle of an intense thunderstorms. Even the local people are talking about it as if it were a one in a million chance of happening. The rain lashed down and the thunder was almost a continuous roar. Visibility along the bay was poor and petered out in about 500 yards. Weather has not been our friend...

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Sep 12, 2015 - It's Nice to be in Nice

We were up and got ready, put our last things into the cases and put them outside the room then went for breakfast. The dining room was unusually quiet! Many had left or were about to and only a few would leave after we did. We went back to the room for our hand luggage and went to the lounge. Our bus was soon called and we went and identified our luggage and boarded. We left for the four hour trip to Nice, stopping for a short while abut an hour out of Nice. We collected our luggage and got a taxi with no problem and were at the hotel...

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Sep 11, 2015 - Last Day and Sad Farewells

We were not up quite so early today. We had breakfast and then a short drive in the bus to Arles. Arles is where Vincent Van Gogh did much of his painting, and many laces are identifiable today. The guide on several occasions held up print of his painting at the site which it depicted and the resemblance was obvious. We walked to the Arena which is a smaller edition of the Coliseum in Rome. It is amazing that it was built almost two thousand years ago with such precision and design. Today, when it is used for concerts, 10,000 people can...

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Sep 10, 2015 - A Flamboyance of Flamingos

We were up early and had breakfast as usual then boarded buses for an hour and a half trip to the French district of Camargue where there is a large national park with a bird sanctuary. We stopped at the sanctuary and saw hundreds of flamingos al quacking (or whatever flamingos do) away and making quite a noise. We walked round part of the park and saw a river rat, some herons, egrets and another bird that we cannot remember the name of, but may have been a night heron. The only downside to this visit was the mosquitoes. They were prolific...

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Sep 9, 2015 - Viaducts and back streets

We were up early again this morning and had breakfast then boarded buses to take us to Pont-du-Gard. This is a Roman Viaduct built 2,000 years ago. What is unique about this one is the fact that it is built on three levels of arches and presents quite an unusual image. When one considers this enormous, 900 metre long object was built by hand with no power equipment it is hard to conceive how it was accomplished. We spent quite a while admiring the structure and taking photographs. We then went to the small medieval town of Uzes where we had...

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Sep 8, 2015 - Ponts & Pontifs

We were up for breakfast this morning then set off on buses up the hill to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. We stopped at a vineyard and saw the vines. It was interesting to see that they planted a rose bush at the end of each row as an indicator of the health of the vines. A healthy rose, a healthy vine. We continued up to the castle t the top of the hill which had been constructed as a summer residence of the pope when popes reigned from Avignon. We saw round the ruin then descended on foot into the village and had a look around before rejoining our...

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Jun 15, 2015 - Grand Corniche....on our way to Nice

After sight seeing we explored the local shops and art galleries. We saw many interesting artistic creations. From Saint-Paul de Vence we traveled along the Grande Corniche to Nice for dinner. We have some amazing roads in the United States but I could not think of any that compared to those of the Grande Corniche. The Grand Corniche runs east from Nice to the Italian border. The Corniche is really not one road but three distinct roads. There is the Basse Corniche which is the heavily traveled, congested coastal road. The deep blue seas and...

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Jun 15, 2015 - Day 2 Cannes....St. Paul de Vence

In the morning we made our way down to the beach in Cannes just to make sure that we stuck our feet in the Mediterranean sea. The water is a beautiful blue color. We also walked down by all of the yachts and back through the area of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès and the Walk of Stars. The walk was started in 1983 and has over 375 handprints along the Rue des Etoiles - the Street of the Stars. A clay model of the celebrity's handprint is made and the mold is sent out to a potter who makes a plaster cast from the clay mold. The...

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