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Sep 28, 2013 - Seillans to the seashore - we want to see it all

27 Sep - Despite a bit of a cloudy morning with a little breeze we drove to nearby Seillans and wandered our way through the wonderful little town with its central square complete with fountain and inviting café. Finding the trailhead for our hike “du jour” we spent 2 hours wandering through the French countryside, past lovely, quaint farmhouses, over and under stone bridges, stopping at small creeks and simply enjoying the quiet and peacefulness of rural Provence. The weather was just perfect for hiking and we tackled the ups with (almost)...

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Sep 26, 2013 - market days and home town shopping

Market day so we headed up town to examine the treasures and show Lari and Gayle “Old Town”. Smooth talking vendor’s separated us from some of our Euro’s but we didn’t complain as we enjoyed the most spectacular lunch with some of our purchases of olives, tapenade (dip mix of chiles, sun dried tomatoes, olives and parmesan cheese – sooooo good), cheeses and, of course, baguette! All that shopping required an afternoon of lounging by the pool as thoughts of an afternoon hike were conveniently forgotten. A person could get used to this...

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Sep 25, 2013 - fabulous Fayence

We have settled in and are loving our new digs in Fayence. We have explored the little old town with the tiny winding streets set above our place. It requires a fairly steep 10 minute hike UP to reach the clock tower with its fantastic views. In typical European fashion the stone buildings have painted shutters in various soft hues and flower boxes hanging from and set in the windows creating a gentle welcoming to town. The locals, with a quick and easy smile and “bonjour”, have made us feel comfortable and accepted into their piece of...

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Sep 22, 2013 - bus butts!

After a last wander around through downtown Florence we boarded our bus for Nice at 9pm. Even at night Florence is a busy, bustling city with tourists filling the streets, plazas and cafes. A bit too much for us but you can’t help but marvel at the Duomo, surrounding buildings and seemingly endless numbers of statues. The bus driver stopped every 90 minutes or so for what we finally realized was a smoke break! Lights would come on and most of the bus would empty for a smoke or to buy goodies in the store. The number of tunnels is mind...

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Sep 19, 2013 - Marseilles, France

The ship had done a lot of rock and rolling during the night and when we woke in the morning we were surprised to see that we were still a long way from land. Due to the high winds and waves overnight, the ship had had to reduce speed so we were about two hours late docking in Marseilles. Luckily, we had booked a shorter excursion into the countryside so although we were delayed by two hours, our tour did not have to be shortened in order to get back to the ship before sailing. Unfortunately our guide spoke with a very heavy French accent...

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Sep 13, 2013 - Day #7 Saint Tropez

Today was our last day in the Cote d' Azur, during dinner at the resort the night before we (Nikki and I) were told we needed to leave the house no later than 8am today. Lars the owner of our villa had stated Saint Tropez is extremely difficult to get to with traffic and suggested we take the ferry the last 14km to avoid being stuck in trace for hours. Well, this morning we awoke on time and were ready to go at 8. We arrive to a beachside community and park in a lot next to where we believe the ferry is rumored to be docked. Nikki and I are...

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Sep 12, 2013 - Day #6 St Paul de Vence & Dinner at Le Haut des Espinets

Today we spent time touring St. Paul de Vence which is close city nearby. We got off to a late start due to enjoying the company of Nikki and Steve the night before, playing the "poor man's version of Jenga" lol. St. Paul de Vence is a wonderful city. . We would have loved to have spent more time exploring but we had to return to the villa by 5:30p local time in order to be ready for pickup for dinner at 6:45pm. We have decided that the next time we come to Cote d Azur we will make visiting St Paul de Vence a high priority because there...

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Sep 11, 2013 - Day #5 Cannes

Today we spent the day in Cannes, France which is also a part of the Cote d Azur, it is west of Vence. The trip was supposed to be a short 30 minute drive but due to construction once we arrived it took 1 hr and 15 minutes. Parking was an adventure as always, by today being the 2nd day of the Boat show it was chaotic but organized. We found a spot and then Nikki and I went to find a nice cafe for lunch. We ended up at "New York, New York" a nice sidewalk cafe. After lunch we headed back across the streets to tour the boats. we had fun...

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Sep 9, 2013 - Day #3 Nice, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Eze

Bonjour! Today was a fun filled day. We started the day out with heading down to Nice along The Promenade des Anglais to explore the outdoor markets along The Cours Saleya , on our way to find a place to park I captured this shot Today's weather was absolutely beautiful high of 80 and sunny. We discovered on Mondays the markets along The Cours Saleya are antique markets. We decided to return tomorrow to view the flower, produce, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and souvenir shops. We walked across the Promenade des Anglais to stop and have...

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Sep 8, 2013 - Day#2 Old town Vence & Antibes

Bonjour! Today we awoke to a torrential downpour. Our original plans of going to check out the market were delayed. We ate breakfast in the kitchen of the villa from items we purchased during our journey to the supermarket earlier. We made toast with smoked salmon, yogurt, fresh fruit, and green tea. Breakfast was delicious! After breakfast we planned to go into town to checkout the butcher, fish guy and market Lars the owner of our Villa had pointed out. Well by time we left home base, it was 2p. We discovered on Sundays in Vence most...

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Sep 7, 2013 - Day #1 Vence

Bonjour! After nearly 12 hours of traveling, three different countries, two plane changes and a hour and a half delay we made it to Nice around 3:30 pm local time. It is absolutely beautiful here (more pictures to come). After receiving s tour of the grounds and villa we were determined to conquer the grocery store. Well it took us two hours to find the supermarket and make a decision on what to purchase. I have never been so overwhelmed with a daily task! Everything is in French for one and I know maybe two words total, not to mention the...

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Aug 26, 2013 - Arles 26 Aug 13

This morning we arrived in Arles, after a short stop in Tarrascon. The town was developed by the Romans in 46 BC and included an Amphitheartre which has been restored and is now used for equestrian events and bullfighting. The bullfighting is quite popular in the south of France and draws huge crowds. We had a good guided tour of the town this afternoon, after a lazy morning. We have a farewell dinner tonight as we depart Arles in the morning by coach for Monaco. Best wishes to all of you.

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