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Sep 17, 2011 - The Luberon

I am currently spending my weekdays visiting with a cancer research laboratory studying breast cancer. The folks at the lab have been incredibly generous with their time, help, and welcome. The lead scientist in my group is Christophe Ginestier and on Saturday he and his wife Natalie took the four of us into the Luberon where they both grew up. It was so nice to travel with people who know the area and enjoy a day in their realm. We especially loved not having to navigate our way through the narrow winding roads...we could focus on not...

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Jun 9, 2011 - Mont Ventoux and Provence Hilltowns

After leaving Avignon, we drove up to Orange to see the Antique Roman Theater. The theater wall still stands, one of the only remaining Roman theater walls in the world and one of the best preserved. We toured the site with an audio guide and watched the creative computer generated film clips that provided a glimpse into the various types of performances that have been held here over the centuries. Then we headed up to the top of Mont Ventoux to see some fantastic views and another adventure of cliffside driving on curving roads. Back down...

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May 29, 2011 - Biking in the Luberon

We really only have 3 weeks left in France. So we are trying to do a lot of things on our "to do before we leave" list. One of these was to have a nice family bike trip through the beautiful countryside here. On another trip we noticed that there are some great dedicated bike lanes up in the Luberon. Most of the area around Aix is very bike unfriendly. Maybe it is the hills, but there are certainly more bike lanes in northern France, Germany, Switzerland and Holland. Mom found a good bike shop and arranged our rentals. We arrived in Apt...

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Jun 21, 2009 - Roussillon

During our morning coffee and croissant at La Sirmonde, the local morning spot, we discuss what to do today, as we are running out of markets, in fact we are getting a little bored with Provence. Marbs is struggling to get her new purchases into her old suitcase and has already filled the new one. I am back at the Hotel Le Clos De La Glycine - the only hotel in town with unsecured wifi (I have to mention they were so nice to let me sit in their lobby and use my computer in order to get this travelogue out). I finish my business at the...

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Jun 20, 2009 - Roussillon

It's very windy (the Mistrals) this morning and cool. About a 20 degree drop in the temperature from the last few days. It's a slow start. I'm working on the travelogue, which takes more time than I anticipated .. . but it's been fun. Marbie is feeling a little under the weather so she runs over to the bistro to fetch a couple of coffees to drink at home rather than go out for coffee and croissants. At about noon we head over to Apt in search of a suitcase for Marbs to put all her market purchases into, however unbeknownst to us, it is...

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Jun 19, 2009 - Roussillon

Today is the day for the market in the beautiful village of Lourmarin, which we've been told is a lovely market. It's about a 30 minute drive south from where we are staying. The village is very upscale, however, it's difficult to see a lot of it due to the congestion of the market purveyors. We are in search of souvenirs and gifts. I find a great deal on pearl handled steak knives, which made me very excited. I also buy tea towels and Marbie is looking to complete her gift shopping list. It's shortly past noon and the market is starting...

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Jun 18, 2009 - Roussillon

Trouble in paradise. . . . This morning we finally hit the wall. I wake up and Marbs is gone. When she comes back, she says she had gone for coffee and off to the market. I was a little hurt she hadn't waited for me. She asks me if I'd like her to run to the bistro and get me a coffee. I say "If you'd like" . . . this response triggers something . . She takes me by the shoulders and looks into my eyes and says "What DO you want?" It seems my driving "notes" , my attitude about the house and a few other items are wearing on her. She says we...

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Jun 17, 2009 - Roussillon

Our intentions are to get up early and get out before the heat of the day. We managed to achieve part of that goal - we got up . . . but it wasn't early. Since our day is centered on activities in our Village of Roussillon we choose first to take the short hike through the national park at the edge of town - the canyons of Le Sentier des ochres known for its ochre color that is used for tinting paint. For the afternoon activities we had arranged the evening prior, to have lunch at a sweet little Chambre d'hotes - Maison Weiser, that we...

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Jun 16, 2009 - Roussillon

We're up, but it's a slow start. There is nothing in the house for breakfast as everything was closed when we got into town. We did, however, manage to stop at a wonderful fruit stand while driving into Roussillon the evening before and purchased Cavaillon melons, strawberries, cherries and fruit juice, so our breakfast was fruit and juice. Not good for two girls who need to stabilize their blood sugar with protein. Marbie runs next door to the cafe and comes back with two cafes. We are now out of the house and wondering the streets of...

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Jun 15, 2009 - Gresin to Roussillon

It rained a good portion of the night. I was awakened by lighting and thunder in the distant hills. The air is very heavy and the fog is rising up out of the river basin - it's a pretty sight. Marbie is off to the airport early to drop Giuliana off for her flight to London. Marbie is late and I start to worry. I find Lydia to ask if she's heard from Marbs and Lydia is in one of the bedrooms in her robe on her hands and knees, looking under the bed. It turns out Giuliana has misplaced her passport and Marbs is still at the airport with her...

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