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May 4, 2015 - Stop at Supermarket then around Marseille to the Sea.

Monday, May 4th. We said good bye to our lovely spot on the Rhone and headed to Cassis by way of the LeClerc. A huge shopping center which included a supersized grocery store. I was able to find a padded sleeve for my IPad but not the keyboard, in an electronics store. We stocked up on a “few” things and headed out for our hour long drive to the coast. Fighting traffic in the big city did not appeal to us so we decided to bypass Marseille and head for the coast on the other side. At first we were just going to stop at Cassis for a quick...

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May 3, 2015 - Villeneuve les Avignon

Sunday May 3rd. Monday we took the bridge to the other side of the Island to explore Villeneuve les Avignon. (It was a 10 minute drive uphill) Explore it we did. Always concerned for places to park our camper car we chose the first one we came to that had room. Mistake. Although we had a great close up view of the town the Old Fort Saint-Andre was perched on a hill – bless their ingenuity, above the town. We walked over 7 miles that day. I felt like they were ALL up hill. The first stop before visiting the town is the Tower of Phillip the...

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May 2, 2015 - Visit to the Pont and the Palaise du Papes.

Sat. May 2nd. What a beautiful day we woke to. Off to catch our ferry, then our first stop St. Benezet Bridge (Pont St. Benezet). Built between 1171 and 1185, it was the only bridge across the mighty Rhone in the Middle Ages. Merchants pilgrims and armies depended on it. It was damaged several times by floods and rebuilt until 1668 when most of it was knocked down by a disastrous icy flood. For over a century there was no bridge. While only 4 arches survive today the original bridge had 22 arches and was 3000 feet long. How impressive....

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May 1, 2015 - Our walking tour.

Friday, May 1st. (Labour Day in France, a public holiday) We woke to a rainy drizzly day but decided because we had rain gear we weren’t going to let that keep us in. As it was a public holiday the ferry wasn’t running so we turned left out of our campground and crossed the Rhone over the Da Ladier Bridge which brought us to a different entrance to the city. There were a few River Boats tied up along-side the river. Our campground is actually on an island (Barthelasse) in the middle of the Rhone. We didn’t figure that out until we saw a...

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Apr 30, 2015 - Avignon

Thursday, April 30th. We woke to a beautiful sunny day and decided to wander around Avignon. We met a couple from Canterbury, GB as we were waiting for our ferry ride across the Rhone. They were RV’ing for 3 months and as this wasn’t their first trip to Europe they had many good suggestions. It was agreed we would get together later for a drink and more conversation. We boarded the ferry just before 12:30, luckily, because this was their last trip across before they broke for lunch, returning at 2 PM. (3 minutes to cross, eight minutes to...

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Apr 23, 2015 - Saint Tropez delivers

Pleasantly surprised by Saint-Tropez. Expecting the French version of Key West loaded with t-shirt stores, and/or over priced high end trendy chichi and the like, I give the French credit for not ruining one of their stand-by great names. No crowded beaches, well, there was only one small one and it was pretty cool out, so am not sure where to tell you to go for the Saint Tropez tan, nor did I even see any Ban d'soleil. What we did see was some very attractive, curvy narrow streets with clean alleys, cobblestones and classic old world...

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Apr 4, 2015 - Marseille, France

We spotted another lighthouse today while arriving in Marseille, France. This is our second time visiting the city, we decided to take a bus to town and just shop and enjoy the city on our own. We love just sitting in the outdoor cafés and people watching. We walked all the way to the square where they had a huge merry go round and much more. We enjoyed taking pictures of the marina, the town and of Notre Dame in the background. We had a wonderful lunch at one of the many outdoor cafés and relaxed. We ordered one meal and split it, we were...

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Jan 11, 2015 - Monte Carlo Or Bust!

I wanted to visit Monte Carlo, just along the coast from Canne, to see where the Formula One is run around the streets of the city. Monte Carlo is the capital of Monaco, a tiny Principality state in it's own right. As there are no camp sites or Aires there we found an Aire just outside Nice which turned out to be perfect as it was right beside a local train station. So after our coffee break we headed down to the station & as luck would have it a train pulled in just as we got there so we were able to hop aboard & enjoy a 45 minute ride...

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Jan 10, 2015 - Cannes

We had another quick look around Sisteron before setting off down the last leg to the coast. A lovely sunny day with temperatures up to the low 60s at times. We are avoiding the toll roads so it is slower but we pass through the small towns along the way so driving is a lot more interesting, especially on the narrower streets in the towns. We reach the coast at Canne & stop at a nice little camp site just to the West of the city. After lunch it was a short bus ride into the city for a look around & a chance to find a couple of geocaches as...

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Jan 9, 2015 - Sisteron

Horrible morning driving out through Lyon to Grenoble. Early morning traffic, odd SatNav directions, hundreds of red traffic lights all added up to make it a slow & painful trip. One good thing was the IKEA store on the outskirts of Lyon. We had stopped to fill up with diesel & spotted the offer of a croissant, orange juice & coffee for €1, an offer not to be missed. What we hadn't anticipated was the need to trek all around a labyrinth trail through every department to get to the restaurant. Then they had the nerve to charge 20 cents extra...

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Nov 6, 2014 - Our first visit to Marseilles

Took the shuttle bus from the ship into the centre of the old town of Marseilles. Went on the Hop On Hop Off bus for a tour around - past Notre Dame La Garda Cathedral and other sites. It was a very cold day so decided to go back to the ship. In the afternoon we found a nice sunny spot out of the wind and caught up on our reading. Our next, and final stop, is Monte Carlo.

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Oct 6, 2014 - Aix-en-Provence

Our hotel, “The Renaissance” (a Marriott property) is exceptional and offers a commanding view of the city of “X” (as the locals abbreviate and pronounce Aix-en-Provence). We were impressed by the modernistic architecture as we headed to the pedestrian-only streets. We had a typical French breakfast (croissants and coffee) at Le Festival cafe and then wove our way through the throngs of people on this Monday morning. There were many young teens. Tom used his new Leica C camera to capture images in the “street photography” genre. This tiny...

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