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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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Oct 5, 2014 - Aix-en-Provence

We lazed around the inn until noon. Tom vegged out on the chaise on the balcony listening to the birds and the church bells. Anne had set up the “Never Lost” to go in 3 distinct routes, so we would do a tour as well as get to Aix-en-Provence. The first leg was OK, bu the second was through a very twisty-turny mountain pass. We only got lost a couple of times as we missed turns in small towns. We had acquired a baguette sandwich at a patisserie and stopped along the way at one of the many picnic pull-offs. It was almost like camping. When we...

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Oct 4, 2014 - The Cotes du Rhone Wine Road

We got an earlier start today and headed out on a 30 mile circular tour that is called “The Cotes du Rhone Wine Road.” Most of the route was on country roads with just one road skirting the small town of Crestet where we stopped for just a moment. The best sights were at the Le Col de la Chaine Mountain Pass. From the vantage point, we could view the Dentelles de Montmirail - a small range with very jagged edges. As we viewed these mountains from the side of the road, we were passed by motorcycles driving at break-neck speeds. We had to...

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Oct 3, 2014 - Vaison La Romaine

When Anne was setting up our France itinerary, she had tried to book a hotel in Vaison La Romaine but there was nothing available. We are so glad! Vaison La Romaine is another cramped city and the hotel would have been on the side of a hill with narrow streets - not conducive to driving our car, AND parking. We walked around the busy streets and up to the “Old Town” where we had lunch at “Creperie” with a great view of the surrounding area. After a stop for gasoline at a grocery store, and learning how to do that without a chip-and-pin...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Up to Seguret Village

We watched the sun peek over the hill from our East facing balcony as it bathed the soil in its warmth. The temperatures have been in the mid-70’s to lower 80’s during the day and the nights are in the mid-50’s with clear skies. Before heading out to explore the nearby village of Seguret, Tom walked around the property and captured some images of the hotel/vineyard. Unlike the other towns and cities we have visited, Seguret is a sleepy village with plenty of parking and steep climbs (it is on a hill!). It is only a 5 minute drive away with...

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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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Oct 1, 2014 - Provence, Seguret

We stayed in the hotel until checkout time and programmed our “Never Lost” GPS for the shortest distance (which was not on expressways). As we left Avignon in a bit of city traffic, we soon began to see the distant mountains and were on real country roads. In fact the roads were dirt in some places and very narrow. Guess you should be careful what you wish for! Our next hotel is right on route D-23 and we were there before we knew it. We had expected a small B&B, but it’s really small inn with 22 rooms but very personable - run by the...

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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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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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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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