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Jul 14, 2016 - Tarascon - Saint Maries de la Mer

When we woke up this morning the boat was docked at Tarascon. It could not stay overnight in Avigonon due to the popularity of the city for Bastille Day. We left for our tours in the morning and when we left the boat then left once again for Avignon where we stayed for the rest of the day, but at tea time we left Avignon once again and went back to Tarascon again. Sounds silly but unfortunately it is what we had to do. Our tour today was a trip to the Mediterranean Sea- Saintes Maries de la Mar. It was a town which was quite modern and...

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Jul 13, 2016 - Uzes & Pont due Garde - Avignon

We docked at Avignon and then went for a bus ride to Pont du Garde - aqueduct, and Uzes(medieval castle with 4 towers) with cafes, and Provence market day. The Pont Due Garde is a Roman built aqueduct which was just magnificent and to be still standing today is amazing. It is the second highest standing Roman structure ( Rome Colosseum is only 6 feet taller). This was the biggest bridge in the whole 30 mile long aqueduct. The arches are twice the wideth of standard aqueducts, and the main arch is the largest the Romans ever built. - - 80ft...

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Jul 12, 2016 - Chateauneuf Du Pape

Today we went to the area of Chateauneuf du Pape for a Wine tasting demonstration. There were 4 buses with everyone from the ship and we visited a winery and then a ruin of Chateauneuf du Pape which has only a couple of walls left. See the picture. Their were vines all over the place and the river used to cover all of this area in the past and the river overtime has receded. It left a cover of smooth bedrock pepples all over the dirt. The vines are planted within these bedrocks which is part of the way the grapes are grown. The vines are...

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Jun 2, 2016 - Nice

Arriving in Nice meant rising at 6 am in order to complete breakfast, hook up with the other 4 "bikers" and get our butts ashore and into town for a 9 am tour. Whew! By "getting ashore" I mean Tendering...which does not imply whispering of any kind but getting one's butt in to a "Tender" (boat) and proceeding to the shore. Nice does not have a dock large enough to accommodate cruise ships, so the ship must anchor offshore Villefranche a nearby suburb of Nice. We managed to finagle our way onto one of the first of the tenders and lo! We were...

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May 26, 2016 - Villeneuve and Ile de la Barthelasse - shoulda had a guide

OH MY GOD we're exhausted. We stopped in late yesterday at an electric bike rental place close to home to book 2 bikes for today. They have really cool little tiny GPS's on the bike that they pre-program for you with your route. You have 3 choices for the half day...an easy 23 km route, a harder one (no recollection where that one went) and an 'easy' 54 km ride to Chateauneuf du Pape that they SAY can be done in 4 hours. For just a glimmer of a moment we thought we might do that one...after all they are electric bikes right? Cooler heads...

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May 25, 2016 - Rothchilds

Off to the tourist bureau to find out about fuel. Should be ok she says just wait in a queue. Not wanting a queue holiday decided we would catch the train to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (no that is nowhere near the pronunciation) to have a look at house and garden. Don't catch the bus as they are on strike Alexandra says. Oops. At the train station (closed) Christine translates the TRAIN strike info for fellow travelers.We walk some Irish tourists to meet Alex and home for lunch. Why not sit in a queue and drive to Rothchilds (still not ho...

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May 25, 2016 - Avignon Phase II

Votre blogger Don ici.... So neither of us can quite remember our sequence of events for Tuesday, except that we slept in did some laundry then just took it easy and wandered around our neighbourhood for a while. Had some lunch in the nearby busy plaza, moules (mussels) avec frites for Rose and frites avec hamburger for Don. Plus beer of course...AND a healthy dose of people watching. Wandered down to the local gare to book our train ride to Barcelona on Friday. We originally thought that pertinant info could be garnered from the Tourism...

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May 23, 2016 - Avignon

The picture from last night pretty much sums up the evening. Had a great dinner with new and established (not old) friends, then danced until 11 or so. Long days for us! Today we took a taxi the 5 minutes to our apartment across from the Pope's Palace. 200 year old building but done up really nicely inside. Great reviews on HomeAway/VRBO, and he runs a B&B that also got great reviews. We're happy to be in a quiet, nice, safe location for a few nights. We have good recommendations for dinner from Alain the owner, and Anthony R. Walked to...

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May 22, 2016 - Tarascon and St. Remy

The boat sailed from 6-8 this morning from Avignon to Tarascon. Off to a leisurely start this morning at 9:15 to St. Remy and the mental hospital that Vincent Van Gogh spent his most productive years in 1888 and 1889. His stay was self-imposed. He only ended up selling one of his paintings before he died (The Red Vineyards near Arles). Yet another castle in Tarascon, then a coach trip to St. Remy. We were told to look out for a red Smart Car with Princess Caroline of Monaco in it. There is Grimaldi family property in the neighbourhood. Don...

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May 22, 2016 - A swim at Menton

We travelled to Mentone, the GPS said it will take about 50 minutes. It took about three hours. There was so much traffic, due to it being a Sunday and a huge activity of some sort all along the beach - where our gps said to go:(. We went through such luxurious serious suburbs. It's amazing the amount of money that is being spent here. The boats, hundreds of huge launches. It was a lovely day and Christine went for a swim. Fortunately we chose Menton because this would have to be the least crowded part of the French Riviera. It is just on...

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May 21, 2016 - Avignon

Apologies for the delay in notifications. Many excuses...crummy cell service/internet that makes you (Don) lose posts, too many alcohol induced experiences, going from morning to night, poor memories....you hear the sympathy violins playing in the background? We took the bus to the ancient roman aqueducts at Pont du Gard. A-ma-zing. Typical slope for today's plumbing is 1 in 50 (1" per 50"). Don calculated the drop for the aqueduct is 1 to 18,000. It drops 1" in 1500'. Google it. We went in to the tiny village of Usez for a couple of hours...

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May 21, 2016 - Vence and St. Paul de Vence

We decided to revisit a place we saw 36 years ago - Vence up in the mountains behind us, or was it St. Paul de Vence? 36 years ago. It was a short drive there and we saw all around a modern art museum. Hmmmm, again. There was the usual ancient city we wandered around. This time instead of tourist junk shops there was quality art. Sculpture and painting very well done. The view back to the beach from Vence is spectacular. We also visited St Paul de Vence, which is where we were in 1980, Chris assures me. We also saw a church designed by...

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