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Jun 15, 2015 - Grand Corniche....on our way to Nice

After sight seeing we explored the local shops and art galleries. We saw many interesting artistic creations. From Saint-Paul de Vence we traveled along the Grande Corniche to Nice for dinner. We have some amazing roads in the United States but I could not think of any that compared to those of the Grande Corniche. The Grand Corniche runs east from Nice to the Italian border. The Corniche is really not one road but three distinct roads. There is the Basse Corniche which is the heavily traveled, congested coastal road. The deep blue seas and...

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Jun 15, 2015 - Day 2 Cannes....St. Paul de Vence

In the morning we made our way down to the beach in Cannes just to make sure that we stuck our feet in the Mediterranean sea. The water is a beautiful blue color. We also walked down by all of the yachts and back through the area of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès and the Walk of Stars. The walk was started in 1983 and has over 375 handprints along the Rue des Etoiles - the Street of the Stars. A clay model of the celebrity's handprint is made and the mold is sent out to a potter who makes a plaster cast from the clay mold. The...

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Jun 14, 2015 - arrival in Cannes...

After visiting Sisteron continued on our way to Cannes. It was exciting to make our way to the French Riviera. Cannes is home of the annual Cannes Film Festival and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Our only experience previously with Cannes had been from seeing it on tv and its association with the rich and famous. There were many luxury hotels and restaurants. Temperatures were in the mid 80s but the Mediterranean breeze kept the evenings very comfortable. We did the typical tourist things while in Cannes. We walked...

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Jun 14, 2015 - onward to Cannes...

Another early start at today we start our travel from the Swiss/French Alps to the Cote D'Azur. We took La Route Napoleon to make our way to Cannes. This is a 325 km (202 mile) section of the Route National 85. We followed it the reverse of Napoleon as we went north to south. We traveled from the Grenoble area to Cannes. The route is marked along the way by statues of the French Imperial Eagle. On our way to Cannes along the La Route Napoleon we stopped in the southeastern community of Sisteron. The town is located on the banks of the River...

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Jun 2, 2015 - A Steam Train, Roman Ruins and Mont Ventoux

We have now experienced the brunt of the Mistral winds that howl south off the French Alps. Temperatures varied wildly, from a high of 14 degrees in Florac to 26 degrees in Nimes, less than 50 KMS away. We started the week off with a ride on an authentic steam train and spent a few hours in the sophisticated little town of Anduze. We both agreed that the Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard more than lived up to all its hype. It’s truly monumental and very beautiful. We marvelled at more Roman ruins in the elegant city of Nimes. The Arena is the...

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May 14, 2015 - Aix again

We decided to stay in the city and see some of the museums. At breakfast Didier told us about the French work schedule and holidays. In May everyone only works 4 days a week. Add that to 11 holidays and 5 weeks vacation. Waiters get an additional day per month. My addition brings that to almost 7 weeks per year. Vive la Revolution! Didier told us the Mistral is coming tomorrow, with winds up to 60 mph. We will see. Later, toured the Manet Museum. Very fine art, including an extensive collections of Cezanne and Picasso. Packing duty as we...

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May 13, 2015 - Avignon and GPS Frustration

After our Petite Dejuenet (breakfast) we motored to the city of Avignon. The GPS insisted on taking us on small roads with many, many roundabouts. On arrival in Avignon we found the parking lot and began our exploration. After lunch we toured les Palais des Papes (Popes Home). Their was a battle between Avignon and Rome for the Pope's location and Avignon won for a while in the 13th and 14th Centuries, but don't quote me. Mel Brooks in one of his movies had the line "It's good to be the King". He was wrong, it was even better to be the...

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May 12, 2015 - Touring Aix and Countryside

Made another trip to Aix this morning since it was market day. A beautiful selection of fruits and vegetables and everything else you can imagine. We had a 1 o'clock appointment for a winery tour of the Chateau La Coste Winery. A Rich Irishman bought it and modernized it. It is unlike any facility I've ever seen. Looked like a cross between a nuclear reactor and refinery. It is said to have cost $30 million and was completed in 15 months. Amazing. After our picnic lunch we drove to a charming village of Ansouis. It was all we imagined and...

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May 11, 2015 - Arrival at Aix en Provence

Cab to the airport to get the car. Naturally the reservation was screw up so the cost was outrageous. Will deal with that later. After a relatively uneventful (for us) trip we are now in Aix de Provence at our B&B Les 7 Roses d' Aix. We are a short drive to the town. Our gracious hosts are Martine and Didier, who welcomed us with a glass of Rose. Ummm good. Drove to the town of Aix and stumbled around. Beautiful town and lots of Provence products naturally. Spent time at an outside bar sipping Rose, then on to dinner. Dinner was excellent:...

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May 10, 2015 - A Day at the Cote d'Azur

Our tour van driver, Matilda, arrived early, so not so much breakfast. The tour took us to the Fragonard perfume factory. Being Sunday, the place was loaded with tourists and busses (and too many Chinese). Linda made the obligatory purchases to take home. The "noses" (fragrance identifiers) working for the company have to be able to ascertain 2,000 different smells. They cannot drink or smoke since this would spoil their gift. They work 3 hours a day to avoid ODing on smells. Closeby was a hilltop village with requisite church. Thr tour...

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May 7, 2015 - Antibes

Thursday, May 7th. Again the drive along the coast was spectacular. As we didn’t have far to drive we elected to take the local roads rather than the auto route. It was interesting especially around St Tropez. Traffic jams everywhere. It took us 15 minutes to get through a round-about. All because of a huge Harley Davidson Convention. Welcome Harley signs were everywhere for about 20 km. It seemed like 1,000 of bikes were riding with us along the coast. packs (or clutches, or groups, it seems like there should be a name for 10 or more...

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May 5, 2015 - Cavaliere

Tuesday, May 5th.and Wednesday the 6th. Our campground was – on top of a hill in Cavaliere Sur Mer. By the way, we have had no problems finding campgrounds on our trip. Our TomTom (Richard) , once we plug in the coordinates, leads us to the one of our choice. (found in one of the discount camping books we have purchased – which in this case is in French. Thank goodness, latitudes and longitudes is a universal language.) Not willing to miss another meal we headed – downhill – to find a restaurant well before closing time. It turned out to...

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