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Jul 11, 2019 - French canals - yipee!!!

uesday 25 June (C-1) After suffering a bit of engine problems (long/short story we got water into the fuel tank – which stopped the engine from starting so we had to anchor off the quayside – luckily not much wind) we went back to Port St-Louis du Rhone. Went back to the Thai restaurant, completed some provisioning and filled the jerry cans with diesel (so much cheaper than getting it in the marinas and there will not be that many opportunities along the way to pick up fuel). Wednesday 26 June (C day) Took the midday lock and we were in the...

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Summer 2019

Jul 3, 2019 - Provence

Bonjour mes amis, When we said goodbye to Penelope and left Italy, we flew to Marseille on the Côte D'Azur, the second largest city in the France and the main city in Provence. We had planned a short visit, partly to visit is historic port area and partly because its airport was a convenient stopping point for our trek across the south of France. After waiting an interminable time for a checked bag, we were met by a blast of heat on leaving the airport late in the afternoon. It was an easy decision to take the first taxi we found. It was...

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Jude's 2019

Jun 25, 2019 - Update - sorry no photo's this time

Saturday 15 to Wednesday 19 June Have spent the last couple of days moving west and anchoring off some lovely bays/coves. There’s lots of boats about, seen many super yachts at anchor especially around St Tropez. Got a couple of gentle sails in with the sea breeze but otherwise it’s been pretty much motoring. Passed a beautiful part of coast called the Les Calanques which includes a couple of bays/fjords – stunning. Tried to anchor in a couple of bays off islands but these were full to the max so sought alternative anchorages. Anchored in...

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Summer 2019

Jun 24, 2019 - Toilets do not open until 9:00 a.m.!

We relocated from Mercantour National Park to Digne les Bains (the capital of Alpes de Haute Provence) through gorges and up and over several mountain passes. We stopped off to visit the fortified town of Entrevaux, a stronghold during the reign of Louis XIV. It’s a medieval village guarding a narrow pass, has a drawbridge entrance high above the Var River and a walled walkway zigzagging up to a citadel. We experienced some fascinating and challenging hikes in this region. One of the hikes was to the spectacular group of rocks known as the...

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Jun 20, 2019 - French Riviera - ooh lalah

Tuesday 11 June We were hoping to get into one of the marina’s in Monaco – the first said straight away (once hearing our length) that we should contact the other marina (which we did but had no room at that hour of the morning (before check-in time)), so we proceeded very slowing down to Beaulieu marina some 6kms south (slowly as check in time is usually 13:00 and we were there well before 10am). Needless to say once settled in we didn’t get up to much, just relaxed. Stepped ashore to complete some provisioning. This ended up a great...

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Summer 2019

Jun 17, 2019 - Fete de Papa!

We started the week with a day in the city of Nice on the Cote d’Azur, and were pleasantly surprised. The bus from Vence (costing just € 1.50 each) dropped us right at the edge of the old town. We spent the day wandering the old streets, walking up to a lookout over the bay, eating lunch in an established family restaurant and dodging thunderstorms. From Vence we headed north into the Mercantour National Park and what a revelation. The village of Saint-Martin Vesubie is a wonderful and vibrant centre of outdoor life in the area. The hiking...

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Jun 9, 2019 - “No minutes………………..no bus!”

We’ve spent all week camped just outside Vence at a wonderful family campsite. It has a restaurant, shop, swimming pool and a bus outside the door. After a hot day of hiking the swimming pool is a godsend and the food in the restaurant is very good and inexpensive. Vence has become one of our favourite towns in Provence – another town that developed on a rocky ledge and is still surrounded by its original fortifications. Its historic centre is circular and retains all its fortifications intact - these are now seen as a ring of ancient...

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Jun 2, 2019 - Ian Evans & Associates Inc. expands into France.

We finished our first week in new territory camped in the hills above the town of Vence. It has been a splendid week in a completely unexplored area for us – Alpes Maritimes. We have hiked amongst coastal volcanic mountains, hiked into a gorge from Pont du Loup, climbed 670m to a town (Gourdon) perched high on a cliff like an eagles nest and walked part of the Route Napoleon. Napoleon and his regrouped army walked the trail after he landed on the coast from his exile in Elba. It all ended badly 100 days later at the Battle of Waterloo. We...

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May 27, 2019 - Signs, signs everywhere .……

We spent the week staying in another of our favourite Provencal villages – Lourmarin, where Peter Mayles made his last home (“A year in Provence” etc.). It’s a delightful community with a fantastic market. Sitting in a coffee shop after buying lots of local produce and goodies was one of the highlights of the week. We repeated a hike from last year, from Lourmarin over the hills to Bonnieux and took the bus back along a very twisty, narrow road through a gorge. The walk did not disappoint the second time. Before heading to Lourmarin we...

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May 19, 2019 - Small dogs at the dinner table.......

We have spent the whole of the last week in Saint Remy de Provence. A place we have been to before, but this time just fell in love. Charming, sophisticated, old Roman town, one of the best markets in Provence (that is saying something), fantastic hiking and cycling. Not much more to ask for. The weather remains very unseasonable, with cool temperatures and more rain than we can remember. Apparently, it has been this way since early April this year. We completed one of the best hikes we have had in all our travels in the camper van....

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May 13, 2019 - Provence...............again!

After a traumatic start to our preparations, involving an army of mice invading our beloved home (i.e. the van), we finally crossed into France on May 6th. What astounded us was the absence of people. Not only on the ferry, but on the roads and in the campsites. There is almost no one around. Do the French know something we don’t, or are they running from our UK license plates? We headed right to one of our favourite spots – Vaison la Romaine. We have the weather for Vaison bookmarked, so in the dark days of November at home, we can get a...

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Nov 29, 2018 - Paris/ Marseille

1.5 Hour flight from Dublin to Paris but has taken us all day. At 8.30am Michael drove us to Gorey, then a 2-hour bus journey to Dublin and finally boarded. Upon arrival at 4.30pm got the airport train and then 5 sub-way trains whilst lugging 16kg backpacks, up and down stairs, through tunnels, getting lost, the station we wanted closed for maintenance so had to back-track and all in very crowded rush-hour, to arrive at David’s at 6.30pm totally exhausted. Must be getting old. David then took us out for a magnificent duck confit at his...

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