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Sep 26, 2017 - Provence in the sun!

We have spent the last week immersed in the good life of Provence, and after the manic driving session of the week before, have travelled a total of 26 KMS in the last 10 days. We stayed a week at our favourite Bedoin campsite with the friendly owners JB and Ann. Bedoin is a cycling mecca being right at the foot of Mont Ventoux. The hiking in this area is fantastic with many strenuous treks up hills and through gorges, as well as more leisurely strolls along ancient dirt tracks between hilltop villages. On days off from hiking or cycling,...

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Sep 19, 2017 - Heading south....................and not stopping!

One of the reasons we love the camper van life so much is the flexibility. Our second home can go anywhere and we make a “home” wherever we end up. So earlier this week, we checked the weather in Belgium and it was horrendous (see photos). No point in hanging around and fighting heavy rain and 60 KM/HR wind, so we headed south……………..and just kept driving! We ended up in the town of Troyes in France……………what a discovery! Over 1,000 medieval timber-framed buildings and we had never heard of the place. You just have to love Europe! And then...

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Sep 11, 2017 - Cannes, France

We are scheduled to be in Cannes from approximately 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; and I should mention that Cannes is a tender port. This pinches the day even more, to have to allow time to tender back and forth. What it boils down to is this - there's a whole lot to see and not much time to see it. Sharon had booked the tour and the owner Ingrid was our driver/tour guide for the day. In hindsight this was the best tour we had I think. There were 6 of us on this tour; Sharon and Chris, Lori and Bob and Ray and I. We drove through Cannes alongside the...

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Jun 25, 2017 - Marseille, France

Marseilles is a resounding no for me. I didn't know it is the second largest city in France population wise. I actually want to come back here to shop. They have great stores - both inexpensive and expensive and the fruits and vegetables and fish at their markets look really good. The city has some very beautiful spots like up on the hill looking out to the port and the marina. Unfortunately, however, the city is quite dirty with trash all over the place even in the real touristy areas where you'd think it would be kept clean. It also...

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May 6, 2017 - Villefranche/Nice/Monaco

Traveling from Villefranche, we reached the village of Eze. We toured the Fragonard perfume factory and were shown the process of making perfume, along with sampling the various fragrances. No one bought any perfumes. From there we visited a medieval village. We climbed up uneven stone stairs and shopped in tiny stores within the stone masonry. It was quite charming. We bought a small sculpture where Ted negotiated a good price. The only downside was that the weather changed and became rainy and blustery. Next we were on to Monaco, a...

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Oct 1, 2016 - Another great day in Marseille

It only rains in Marseille 45 days in the year, and we managed to be here on one of those. But it did not dampen our spirits, nor our tour of the day. We decided to have an easy day, well, we had chosen the Easy Marseille tour so we hoped it would be. It was described as a 3½ hour tour of Marseille by coach. You could get off at various sites to take a photo, or stay on the coach and see everything from there. This said, I think it was possibly the most difficult day of walking we have done so far, but well worth it!! Our tour left the...

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Sep 11, 2016 - Pink mansions and car envy

Today - our last day staying in Nice - has been about a profusion of pink mansions! You will see two of them in the photos. One was David Niven's former home, beautifully located on the waterfront at Cap Ferrat. Unlike many of the other mansions that are behind high stone walls, this one is accessible on a public pathway. So, if David Niven were still alive, you could ring his doorbell and invite yourself in! The second pink mansion was the lovely Villa Ephrussi Rothschild, also on Cap Ferrat. The villa has nine themed gardens, including...

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Sep 8, 2016 - From seductive Antibes to glamorous Cannes

On Wednesday, I overdosed on art museums here in Nice. (Thanks, Joan, for the timely reminder). The south of France is where many of the Impressionists painted some of their most famous works. There are literally dozens of museums and galleries in the coastal towns and mountain villages, too many to visit! I chose three on Wednesday - the Matisse museum, the Chagall museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. The best was the Chagall museum which houses many of his series of biblical paintings. As someone who likes bright colours, it's easy to see...

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Sep 6, 2016 - Exploring Ventimiglia and Menton

Before I start my travelogue, I just thought I'd mention that my 40-year old high school French is coming back to me quite well. In fact, I gave directions in French (to someone looking for a street in Nice), answered someone who wanted to know whether the next train stopped at Cannes and just joked with the concierge also in French. I had bought a bottle of beer to enjoy in my hotel after a hot day of 30 degrees and much walking. I realised I didn't have a bottle opener so asked him for one. He obliged so I told him in French that because...

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Sep 4, 2016 - Days in Provence

September 3-4 Saturday I bid farewell to my countryside B&B and headed for Aix-en-Provence (not to be confused with any other towns named Aix). I wanted to go to Aix for a somewhat silly reason—when I stopped there four years ago it was cloudy and a little damp, and I was hoping to see it in a better light, so to speak. Be careful what you wish for—it got up to 95! I will have lobster arms, as I forgot sunscreen before I left the car (three levels underground in a car park). The city did sparkle in the sun. There is a huge fountain in the...

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France Road Trip Two

Sep 2, 2016 - Rivera Rambling

Thursday-Friday September 1-2 Cassis area Thursday I headed out for Antibes This was an arbitrary decision; I went as far west as Antibes on a previous trip, and I thought I would go straight there and work my way back to Cassis. I went on the freeway, which is a toll road. It is the way to go if you want to get somewhere quickly, but the tolls totaled about $15—time is money in this case! Antibes is a pretty busy little city, so I worked my way to the coast road and headed back west. The road went along the sea past lots of beaches with...

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France Road Trip Two

Aug 31, 2016 - Olympia to Cassis, via Reykjavik and Paris

Monday-Wednesday August 29-31 Olymmpia to Cassis Off on another trip! My flight left at 4:30 p.m.; seven hours to Iceland on a full plane, then a hour layover in Reykjavik getting through customs and getting to the next flight. Both changes involved the stairs and a bus to/from the terminal—very cold and damp in contrast to home and Paris. Landed in Paris after grabbing a couple of hours sleep, got luggage and the bus into the city. By the time I got to the hotel, it was 4:00, and I had been up for 24 hours except for my nap. My ambitious...

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France Road Trip Two

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