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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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France, spring 2016

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 19, 2016 - Carpentras to the Riviera

Again a 4 hour journey turned into an 8 hour one. The mountain scenery on the way was spectacular. Deep river gourges, steep high mountains, green hills, snow on mountain tops and yes narrow roads. The center line seems to be an ignored guideline. Not so bad when the cars are small, but Chris wrings her hands and stops breathing as big trucks come at us without warning from a corner. Still out of the gutter though. We took the 'no tolls' option and had a great trip....... mostly. Often we came upon quaint villages to stop and have a cup of...

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May 15, 2016 - Carpentras markets

We explored a local market that had so many stalls. It also had so many people so we expect "local" might be relative. It was interesting being in the thick of it. Such a crush. Most seemed to be Frecnh tourists visiting the 'country'. Lots of antiques, Chris read that it is the biggest antique market outside Paris. Lots of food. We had to park a fair way off. After other experiences losing the car we drew a map of where we left it, took photos on the way and wrote down street names (where we could find them) and other features. Yes we got...

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May 14, 2016 - Barcelona to Carpentras (Provence)

20 minutes in Barcelona traffic is easily equated with 5 hours on the freeway. I am not good at city traffic and can't read the gps and street signs at the same time. So I was glad to be out. Great views on the winding road down from our apartment but I was too afraid to stop for a photo. The trip took about 8 hours instead of 5 1/2 the gps predicted. We stopped often and always the last part takes a while if we are out of town on narrow roads that set off 3 out 4 of the parking sensors as we drive along. At one stop 2 American blokes asked...

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May 13, 2016 - Marseille, France

Not my favourite stop on the cruise... Lavender is nice but that's the best I can say about France. From the pictures you can see that they allow you to bring your puppy with you in restaurants.... I could get used to this. Our ship was late leaving today by 2 hours.... apparently there was a traffic jam in town due to the AC/DC concert.....

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Apr 6, 2016 - Nice

In Nice we stayed in a very quaint European hotel…not a chain hotel like we have been staying in since we arrived. The Ellington was in a great location on a beautiful residential street with shops and restaurants only 2 blocks away. The views from our room were of the city looking down toward the water. Just beautiful. When we arrived, dinner was on our own, so Jay and I headed out to explore with some suggestions on locations from our guide, David. We found the main plaza where all the restaurants were located. It was so much fun to walk...

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Apr 6, 2016 - Saint Paul

We took a side trip to Saint Paul, a beautiful walled city. Chagall, the painter lived here and is buried in the cemetery. The streets were narrow and the town was so quaint. There were lots of beautiful shops including many art galleries. Our tour guide recommended the gelato which was a ways up the hill. It was worth the walk! An interesting town.

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Apr 5, 2016 - St Tropez - Home of the Rich and Famous

Now we are heading to the Cote d'Azur and our first views of the Mediterranean Sea. St Tropez, the home of the rich and famous, was our first stop. The city is on a beautiful bay with lots of lovely views of the water and LOTS of expensive yachts. Restaurants and shops are on the water and a street further from the water has lots of all the top name stores like Dior, Chanel and many more. We walked to the peninsula’s edge and found a wonderful memorial to the U.S. Marines for their help during WWII. Then we walked to the market. What fun!...

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Apr 4, 2016 - Aix-en-Provence

We left Arles and had a beautiful drive to Aix-en-Provence. Our stop this afternoon was a lunch at a winery. We were greeted by the owner of the winery and then taken to a beautiful room where two long tables were set up for our meal. We had a wonderful salad flavored with olive oil that was made at the winery. From the wine to the salad to the main meal and dessert, the lunch was wonderful. After lunch we enjoyed the scenery of a pasture and grapevines and lavender bushes. It was too early in the season for the lavender or grapevines to be...

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Apr 3, 2016 - Avignon

After breakfast at the hotel, we headed to the train station for our bullet train ride south to Avignon. Our luggage was on the bus, which would meet us about 8 hours later. Luckily, the train got us there in about 3 hours. Our first stop was Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct. We were able to walk through the aqueduct which crossed the river. It’s amazing that this stone bridge has survived so well for so long. It was a very rainy day, but we enjoyed the history and interesting views. Then we were on to Avignon. Do you know the...

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Apr 3, 2016 - Arles

We really enjoyed the drive to Arles. We passed canola fields and lots of sheep grazing in pastures. When we arrived in Arles, we took a tour of the city with a local guide and then had time to explore the town on our own. Arles is filled with Roman ruins the most impressive of which was the amphitheater. The town itself was filled with shops, interesting hotels and restaurants and a beautiful cathedral. Van Gogh used Arles as inspiration for many of his paintings. In one spot in the square there was a replica of one of his paintings at...

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