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Apr 20, 2014 - First Morning in Nice

Today is my first morning here and the sun is shining and beautiful. My morning coffee (Nes Cafe) and breakfast cookies...what a morning! The wind is brisling through this lone palm tree sticking out of the deck. Out in the distance there is the city if Nice! Beyond that, there is the Mediterranean Sea. What a glorious sight! To the direct east are the mountains full of beautiful villas. The sounds of birds are gently chirping in the background. I sit here , pool side on this huge deck scattered with chase lounge chairs in neat rows for the...

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Apr 17, 2014 - Day 15 – Thursday 17 April – Quillan to Cannes

After a wonderful week and a half and being very well looked after by Harry and Trish, Megan and I were dropped off at the Carcassonne train station to continue our journey through Europe. We caught a train from Carcassonne to Nimes, changed trains and then on to Avignon. From here we picked up our hire car and drove (on the right-hand side of the road) to Cannes. This took about an hour and a half. We booked in the very beautiful Hyatt Martinez right on the French Riviera. Megan and I walked along the boardwalk and chose one of the many...

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Jan 5, 2014 - The Mistral Winds of Marseille

As we sailed further north from Genoa, the seas were a little bit rough. But our next destination was only 208 nautical miles to Marseille on the south eastern coast of France. The city sprawls along 37 km of the Mediterranean coastline. Marseille is known as the economic and industrial capital of France and is second only to Paris in population. There's a weather phenomena here known as the mistral winds. We experienced them in spades today. These are strong, dry winds which blow across the Rhone and Durance Rivers to the Mediterranean...

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A Wedding & A Cruise

Dec 10, 2013 - Aix En Provence

Today was the car rental and drive from the port to Aix En Provence. This is a charming city not huge but wonderful shopping up every alley. We looked in shops bought things and then came across the Christmas shops along the main shopping road. Wonderful little log cabins set up for vendors to sell their wares. We had no problem finding the place, parking the car but needed the phone and google map lady to get us back to the Highway. Wonderful weather we have been so lucky so far. Got back to the ship by taxi from the rental place since it...

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Oct 25, 2013 - A stop in Brussels and two days in Nice

Well Guys, I should have another story from this journey. Arrived into Nice, France after a wonderful journey. Flew Business Class to Brussels where they woke us every 4 and 1/2 minutes to feed us. By the time we arrived seven hours later, bloating had taken its full effect. I needed a shoehorn to get out of the seat. Took a bus to town with 1000 pounds of luggage between us. Got to town 20 minutes later where the beautiful weather had changed to a down pour just as we stepped off the bus. There we were, in the middle of the street fumbling...

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North to Alaska

Oct 21, 2013 - A little road trip

We left Pezenas and headed to Nimes. Nimes is a tricky place to drive around as there's so many one way streets and big intersections that have no clear directions so Sunday is a great time to visit as not much is open. We made our way there without too much trouble, into the centre and the big underground car park.... I impressed myself! On our way out was a little tricky as we hit a huge intersection and ended up in the middle without a clue where to go - Ken got to see firsthand how confusing some of the roads can be. It was all good, I...

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Excuse My French

Oct 8, 2013 - Nice to Monterosso

And so it is goodbye to France, and on to Italy. Another pack successfully undertaken - well, with the help of a box sent home by post. We have a few train changes today. Nice to Ventigmiglia, Ventigmiglia to Genoa, Genoa to Monterosso. With trains throwing us the odd challenge in the past weeks, we gird our loins and bravely set off in a cab to the station. Armed with train numbers and times written on a handy reference card, we are brimming with confidence. We know the routine now. Trains are not assigned a platform until 10 or 15...

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Oct 7, 2013 - Monaco

With great excitement, we head to Monaco. We even put on makeup for the day! We decided there by bus to appreciate the coastal views, and back by train at night. The agent for our apartment, Jen, had advised us to catch the bus from Garabaldi where it originates as it is often full by the time it gets to our stop, Port. Caught the - you guessed it - T32 to Garibaldi. Might be our last day, but we have mastered the bus. Rounded the corner to the Monaco bus stop and Mon Dieu, the queue. Well, not so much a queue as a seething mass. The bus...

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Oct 6, 2013 - Cours Saleya

It's Sunday in Nice and the church bells are calling. It is the feast day of the patron saint of Nice, St Reparata. Margaret attended mass at the Church of Notre Dame du Port, built between 1840 and 1853 and dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. Small local congregation and all in French, of course. Having cleansed herself of the sin of gluttony, we were ready to tackle Cours Saleya and its many market stalls and restaurants. For the last few days, the T32 minibus that runs between the port and Cours Saleya had eluded us. We had seen...

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Oct 6, 2013 - Fayenne Piscine, FRANCE near CANNES

Donna and Wayne did a house exchange and their efforts resulted in our good fortune. There is a seperate suite in their house resulting in room for us. They had a wonderful dinner ready for our arrival. The next day we went for a hike up to the neighbour community of MONS. We followed beside a ROMAN Aquaduct for most of the path. It kept winding up, up, and up! After a very steep final couple km, we arrived in the community -or had we. All dooes were shut and not a sole was around. A cat with trimmed ears came out to greet us, then a few...

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Oct 6, 2013 - Fayence est fini.....

05 Oct - John & Robyn delighted in Fayence after a trip to the local market days and a walk up to the clock tower. From here you can see the whole valley and surrounding farmland and mountains. We also went for a quick walk to Tourrettes to show them the “Hung Art” and then we headed to Saint Raphael via the local bus. The day had turned sunny so we all enjoyed sauntering along the waterfront promenade watching the boats and windsurfers catching the wind and waves. Saint Raphael is a newer town than the hilltop villages we have been too...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Nice - a quiet day and a haircut

It was that day. I woke up and my hair was out of control. Margaret had opted for a day of rest, after all, I have had her on the go for 3 weeks straight. Off to find a hairdresser. We have noticed a much quieter pace once out of Paris. Whether it be at the bank, the bakery, the supermarket or, as I was about to find out, the hairdresser, no one is in much of a hurry, and time means very little. Little stress and no high blood pressure here, I'm sure. I found a hairdresser who could fit me in without an appointment. 'Take a seat'. I did....

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