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Oct 1, 2014 - Day 2- Marseille and some of its splendours.

October 1st 2014- After rain all day yesterday and well into the night, today was a total welcomed contrast. Temperatures were in the 20 to 23 degrees and practically no humidity. We overslept this morning. Getting up at 10am is very unusual for me but without my sleep apnea machine sleeping comfortably was not on the agenda. We had a pleasant breakfast at our hotel and yes a 4 star hotel makes quite a difference. Our room is very spacious, comfortable and breakfast contained a wide variety of choices. Following breakfast we made a quick...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Laundry, and the Pont Du Gard Aqua Duct, Dinner at Fou de Fafa

We needed some time to just relax and Anne stayed in the hotel room while Tom ventured out to a local laverie (laundry) to catch up on this essential part of a journey. It was a luxury not to do the wash in a sink and find a place to dry it. He had brought his iPhone with a book in Kindle, but he spent most of the time during the laundry talking to a local and some other tourists. On the way back from the laundry, he stopped at a deli and picked up a baguette-submarine for lunch. Again, braving the roundabouts, we headed out to the Roman...

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Our France Adventure

Sep 29, 2014 - Camargue Museum, Wild Horses, and the Camargue Wild Life Refuge

We bravely aimed our car south toward the Camargue Wild Life Refuge which borders on the Mediterranean Sea in far south France. After a multitude of roundabouts, we were in the wild and began to see the animals promised in our guide book. First we saw white wild horses and then bulls in the swampy fields on the side of the road. We had visited the Camargue Museum just before forging out into the wilder region and there, we saw what seemed to be views from our own (USA) wild west. There were cowboys on horses, with guns and all the same...

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Our France Adventure

Sep 28, 2014 - Avignon

We stayed in Avignon today and got our bearings checking out restaurants and going on a city tour in a little train. Here is the history of the city and how it became the papal site instead of Rome. Since the return to Rome of the Papal Seat, there have been no French Popes. Between 1309 and 1377 during the Avignon Papacy, seven successive popes resided in Avignon and in 1348 Pope Clement VI bought the town from Joanna I of Naples. Papal control persisted until 1791 when, during the French Revolution, it became part of France. The town is...

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Sep 27, 2014 - A nice stop in Nice

We had a two hour layover in Nice on our way back up to Dijon. Kate-who-takes-care-of-my-Cats had told me she liked Nice most on her European trip with Up With People so I was anxious to see it. Because I had such a limited time I didn't venture too far from the train station but I did pick up a map and some brochures on things to do. Based on that I decided to add a posting on Nice to remind myself that if I ever want to go to the French Riviera to base myself in Nice. I also needed to include Nice to get the map closer to right on my home...

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Sep 27, 2014 - Train to Avignon and Our First Night

We bid farewell to Caroline and her son Fergus and climbed into a cab for the Paris Gare de Lyon Train Station. We were probably much too early and had to wait, sitting on the floor since there were no chairs available. There was a detachment of 3 soldiers patrolling the station with machine guns! At last it was time to board our SNCF high speed train (TGV). We had reserved seats on the second level in first class. However, it did not have the ambiance of the Thalys train we took from Brussels. Food was not included and by the time Tom...

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Our France Adventure

Jul 28, 2014 - Toulon France

In Toulon, we and our Aussie friends had a private tour with Tour designer in Provence. Our guide met us at the ship at 9:00, and we were off to see Cassis, Le Castellet, and Sanary sur Mer. These were non touristy, off the beaten path locations. First she drove us up to see the beautiful view above Cassis. We then had two hours free time in which we used an hour on an optional boat ride to see the white cliffs around Cassis. We did a little bit of shopping and had a snack before she picked us up to go to Le Castellet. Le Castellet was...

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Mediterranean Cruise

Jul 24, 2014 - Marseille

Apres Lyon, une petite escale a Marseille pour rendre visite a Mag et ses hommes. Virg en profite pour découvrir le MUCEM, absolument magnifique! Et la, je fais une petite page de pub pour ma cops Mag qui a cree cette jolie société aux senteurs de Provence. Vite les curieux, ouvrez votre page web a Rose et Marius

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Jul 17, 2014 - French Riviera

We drove all day Sunday to get into Antibes. We were supposed to stay in Nice but we were "upgraded" again. We stayed in a hotel which was small and only had one elevator so we had to carry our bags up. It may not have been an upgrade but it was ok. I got to see more of France than I thought I would. We were late for our dinner by an hour and a half but it was still alright. We had free time after dinner so we walked to the pier and saw the ocean. It's funny how the Aussies are fascinated by the "flat" water. Theirs have a lot of waves. We...

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Taking Back My Brave

Jun 5, 2014 - More relaxation in Nice

A beautiful sunny morning again in Nice, I went back to the markets for breakfast. Pain au chocolate and another French pastry on the beach. Life is good! I sat on the beach for a while, but even with a towel, these pebble beaches are not that comfortable. Before long, I was ready to move, so I walked along the pathway to the port. There was one big cruise-liner in at the time and loads of very expensive looking yachts. Back around to the beach again, I walked along the beach pathway for an hour or so before turning around. The pathway...

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Jun 4, 2014 - Chill out time in Nice

On the bus ride to Nice, our tour guide, Sophie, told us about markets located in the Old Town of Nice - 'Vieux Nice'. On my first morning, that is exactly where I headed. I walked towards the beach and came across the markets easily. The street runs paralell to the beach and you catch glimpses of the water through the big old archways. Senses in overload, I moved between the different stalls, deciding what to buy first. All sorts of fresh berries, cheese and cold meats. I bought some raspberries and strawberries and continued on. Some of...

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Jun 3, 2014 - The hard road to the post office and the French Riviera

The post office was due to open at 8:20am, so I was set off with my sack full of things at 8:15am. Up the stairs from the marina and then uphill all the way, I had to stop a few times for a rest, having to carry the heavy sack in my arms. There were already of couple of little old ladies in the post office, but I didn't have to wait long for the good news that I could send my parcel. I filled out the form, put all 10kgs in a box (no wonder my arms were aching) and now I'm just crossing my fingers that it makes it home with the contents in...

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