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Aug 25, 2013 - Avignon PM 25 Aug 13

In the afternoon, I joined an optional tour of the Chateauneuf du Pape (new chateau of the Pope) wine region. The wine presentation and tasting was great and after, we drove to the town of Chateauneuf du Pape and up to the Popes' summer chateau. The town was logically named and was a beautiful little town. The chateau overlooked the town and as you can see from the photos, it has suffered from the Germans blowing it up at the end of WW2; they had been using it as a HQ. After dinner, we were entertained by a gypsy guitar group and then off...

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Aug 24, 2013 - Aix-en-Provence

We left mid-morning and drove the 150km to Aix-en-Provence paying a €21.40 toll after quite a wait in a long queue of traffic (we haven’t struck this since we left the UK!) We are staying at a small campsite not far from the town, Camping Arc-en-Ciel (N 43° 30' 46.14" E 5° 28' 18.3") for €24 per night. It is one of the best we have stayed at. It is a peaceful family-run site (for almost 60 years) – no restaurant or bar on site, but a great swimming pool, and a good, very clean toilet/shower/laundry area. Bakery, fresh fruit and vege shop,...

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Aug 22, 2013 - Back in France!

We left Stella about 9am intending to find the supermarket, but the access looked difficult so we continued on through more scenic country, this time as well as many tunnels there were lots of viaducts as well. The toll on leaving Italy was €19.20, and we had to pay a further 2 tolls totalling €5.80 as we passed Monaco and Nice before we arrived at our next campsite south of Grasse in France. Camping Parc Des Monges (N 43° 36' 24.9" E 6° 54' 10.3") was €35.40 per night including 6Amp electricity and is a pleasant campsite beside a river in...

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Aug 2, 2013 - Avignon again and our last day

Well today was another low key kind of day - we all slept in, went to the pool and then around lunchtime we headed back to Avignon, the walled city we went to on our first day. And today I didn't really have to go/do anything during the day, so I basically just hitched a ride and wandered around the city myself! It was nice... I was reminded of how much I like Europe and how enjoyable it is to explore cities in Europe. Which my brain must be blending together because even though I'm in France I have begun to dream in Spanish again (which I...

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France Summer 2013

Aug 1, 2013 - Visiting the vineyard and Max's Birthday

Today was an easy morning - we all woke up whenever and today was our German guest Max's 6th birthday! Last night we decorated the kitchen with some birthday fun, and this morning the moms went out to the store to get some delicious breakfast breads and a chocolate cakey-tart thing because lucky for us, in Germany they eat birthday cake the morning of your birthday! We sang Happy Birthday in English, French and German and all of the kids got small presents so it was very successful! We then spent a few hours swimming in the pool - it was...

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France Summer 2013

Jul 31, 2013 - Lavender Fields and Gordes on the hill

So today we loaded up into the car pretty early and headed to a monestary called Abbaye De Senanque, which is a working monestary where almost all of the postcards in Provence have their pictures from because the scene is just so amazing! This was the first real lavender fields that we found, and even though it was a little touristy (lots of cars and busses in the parking lot), it was still very amazing. We could walk down some of the rows but those closer to the building were blocked off and kept so beautifully perfect. On the way we had...

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France Summer 2013

Jul 30, 2013 - The trip to the bread shop that turned into a drive through the hills

Today everyone was tired which was nice, so we slept in until about 10. Much needed! The plan was to drive about 10 minutes away to a good bread shop, but we ended up instead driving to a little town about 1/2 hour away called L'Isle sur le Sorgue. It was an old town with winding streets that has a little canal running through it. We walked, look inside the church, did a little souvinear shopping. For lunch I had a warm goat cheese salad which was incredible! I have been really trying to expand my palate with cheeses and I'm always...

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France Summer 2013

Jul 29, 2013 - Monday - fun day at home!

Sunday night we had a huge thunderstorm. I mean huge! The lightening was like strobes and the thunder boomed and echoed across the hills. On the very first crack of thunder I woke up and the power went out. This was around 2am. I laid in bed and listened to the storm figuring it would stop soon and the power would come back on - but was I wrong!! It poured rain and stormed for about 3 hours with the same intensity! As I'm sleeping upstairs after about 1 hour with the AC off it started to get hot. So I got up and went downstairs and laid on...

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France Summer 2013

Jul 28, 2013 - First full day, Avignon and dinner party!

So this morning we all slept in a bit and then mom and dad headed out to the grocery store while the kids and I explored the house and the area outside. One thing that will stay with me about this whole area are the cicadas - there has to be so many and they are so loud but in a good way! The sound of them is overwhelming outside and you can even hear them inside over the AC and with the windows closed. It's like a beautiful little symphony to everything we do! After that we loaded in the car and drove about a half hour to Avignon, a city...

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France Summer 2013

Jul 20, 2013 - Grasse y Museo del perfume

El día 18 por la mañana salimos del hotel en la zona de los Alpilles y , aunque en principio teníamos idea de parar en Aix en Provence para dar una vueltita y ver algunos de los sitios por los que se movió Cezane,viendo el tráfico que había, la distancia y que en la zona de destino teníamos muchas cosas para ver en poco tiempo, decidimos seguir camino para llegar cuanto antes. En buena hora. Nuestro destino era Pégomas, un pueblo pequeño, a media distancia entre Cannes y Grasse. Cuando llegamos allí, antes siquiera de llegar al hotel nos...

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Julio en Provenza

Jul 20, 2013 - SaintPaul de Vence, Vence, Tourretes-Sur-Loup

Con cierto recelo salimos el viernes 19 a ver Saint Paul de Vence, Vence y una capilla diseñada y decorada por Matisse en las afueras de Vence (Chapelle du Rosaire). Los dos pueblos nos interesaban porque habían sido foco de atracción para grandes artistas (Piccasso, Chagall, Matisse,...) y aun hoy, además de ser bonitos y cuidados pueblos medievales siguen siendo punto de encuentro de artistas. Saint Paul de Vence era precioso, limpio y arregladísimo, con muchas galerías de arte, estudios de pintores, escultores etc y tiendas para turistas...

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Julio en Provenza

Jul 17, 2013 - Kjøring til Alpe d'Huez

Det var ikke lang distanse mellom campingplassen og Alpe d'Huez men du verden det tok tid å kjøre. Brukte omtrent 10 timer. Men det ble da noen ekstra stopp. Og ikke minst en GPS Garmin som tar et horribelt valg av vei. Selv om vi ikke var de eneste. Men vi var de eneste med bobil på en del av veien regnes som krøttersti. Hadde en stopp tidligere i fin liten tettsted. Når vi kjørte veien hit la Cato merke til en norsk bil med CF registrering som er fra Lillestrøm. Når vi spiste frokost nærheten av Grasse stoppet de også ved samme plass men...

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