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May 5, 2014 - Aix-en-Provence to Frejus

Solo ride - Day 12 I have just had a delightful dinner in a 1* Michelin restaurant, Le Merou Ardent, on the Boulevard de la Liberation in Frejus on the Mediterranean coast. The entree involved some very strange and tasty shellfish - see the photo. The main was a seafood couscous and dessert was a rhubarb tart. I am so happy to be here after all these kilometres. I know I still have a day's riding to Nice but getting to the Med makes it feel as if I have crossed France from North to South. As usual I had an early start from Aix after a...

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May 4, 2014 - Plan d'Orgon to Aix-en-Provence

Solo ride - Day 11 Because today was Sunday breakfast was not available until 8:00 am. This was not an issue since I only had 60 km to go to my next stop at Aix-en-Provence (henceforth known as Aix). Soon afet 8:00 I arrived in the dining room to find each setting had been given its 'share' of breakfast stuff. This meant that I couldn't make myself any lunch but I did keep all the food that I couldn't eat and took it with me. Soon after 9:00am I was on my way rolling down a quiet main road. The day was clear, the sun was shining and the...

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May 3, 2014 - Orange to Plan d'Orgon

Solo ride - day 10 What bliss. I slept in and had a late breakfast. With only 60 odd kilometres to go I could afford a leisurely start. In fact I dressed in 'civvies' and rode into the town of Orange to have a look around. There are Roman ruins and I examined the exterior of a well preserved theatre as well as climbing a hill to look into the interior. Unfortunately a lot of it waqs fenced off. It is clear, from the lighting and fencing that the theatre is still in use. There were some old caves which have been turned into garages and a...

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May 2, 2014 - Tournon-sur-Rhone to Orange

Solo Tour - Day 9 Today was meant to be an easy 122 km. The weather report last night predicted strong Northerly winds with speeds up to 70 kph and I am heading almost due South. Of course all good plans and some such..... As I finished breakfast rain started so of course it was a change of plan to start in full wets. Then, as I started the Garmin I realised that, because internet had not been working in my room I had forgotten to download the route to my Garmin. Rather than unpacking my bags I though that I would give the Garmin a chance...

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Apr 25, 2014 - The French Riviera

The French Riviera After Roberto’s taxi took us to the airport the next morning and I saw Helen and Becca off, I went back into Rome to collect Blacky and drove north to Pisa. Ultimately, I was going to Nice to visit a friend but was not due there for three more days, so I needed a spot to chill and to write. After looking at the map and doing some online research, Pisa seemed like the right size and the right price. I found a B&B on Garibaldi Square, in the heart of old Pisa, a ten minute walk from the tower but more importantly, my room...

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Apr 20, 2014 - Catered Easter Brunch

Today's brunch was catered by a local French Chef Jean Duc. The main course was a buffet style affair with roasted chicken as the main meat. There was rice, string beans, salad, bag gets, and of course French wine! That was followed up with an assortment of cheese and then Apple torts with home made ice cream. After a picture taken session, we relaxed on the deck and fellowship until time to take the bus to the city to experience some of the night light. Later that night we made down to the city to enjoy the nightlife. We were finally able...

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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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