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Oct 21, 2013 - A little road trip

We left Pezenas and headed to Nimes. Nimes is a tricky place to drive around as there's so many one way streets and big intersections that have no clear directions so Sunday is a great time to visit as not much is open. We made our way there without too much trouble, into the centre and the big underground car park.... I impressed myself! On our way out was a little tricky as we hit a huge intersection and ended up in the middle without a clue where to go - Ken got to see firsthand how confusing some of the roads can be. It was all good, I...

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Jul 5, 2013 - Slow Day

We had a slow day today. John is getting worn out with all the driving and carrying packages! We visited a really bizarre attraction. At the beautiful Roman archeological site "Les Baux" , some company had gained permission to dig out a HUGE cavern under the site! In the cavern, they have installed a series of projectors and give light shows of various topics. When we visited it was a show of the works of the French Impressionist painters. Interesting and nice to see. Really strange to do it at an ancient Roman site. Oh well! Next we...

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Jul 4, 2013 - Tour de France

Race Day! The Tour de France passes close to us today. We found a nice location near an olive grove and claimed a spot. Bright and sunny but always a nice cool wind blowing. Before the racers came by, there was a kind of parade composed of sponsors of the race, They threw free stuff to the bystanders. John was able to buy some raced related items from a souvenir vendor...hats and t shirts. Then, just before the racers came by, a film crew from Belgium television stopped and wanted to film us!!! They were doing a news story about Americans...

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Jul 3, 2013 - Shop Until You Drop in St Remy

Wow. It was market day in St. Remy. We might have over spent. Lots of cool stuff. John needed a white hat for the sun. I didn't really need anything but wanted everything. I settled for some locally made olive oil soap, some kitchen utensils made from the local olive wood, some local pottery, local cookies and candy, and a local painting with a personal message by the artist. After all this spending, John was ready to call it a day! So we checked in to our hotel and rested. After lunch we went out for some sightseeing in the town and got...

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Jul 2, 2013 - The Road to St Remy

We met a very nice German couple at the hotel. Angelika and Heinrich Buermann. Spent time with them after dinner and even had breakfast together. Got a late start due to oversleeping! After getting lost many times, made it to the "castle" built by a demented French postal employee. Took him 33 years. Hmmm. Drove through Cote du Rhone vineyards, getting lost multiple times. Saw huge fields of lavender. Wound up just outside of Saint Remy. Fantastic weather as usual. Fantastic hotel for the evening with a garden patio outside the bedroom.

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Dec 2, 2011 - Provence

After finally regaining possession of the missing bag, we headed off to Saint-Remy de Provence, in the region of Provence (http://www.saintremy-de-provence.com/home.html). The weather isn't looking too good, and before long we run into our first bit of rain. Freeway travel doesn't make for a very interesting drive, but it does get you to where you want to go to in a hurry. After an hour or so we leave the freeway for the slower, but more interesting, regional roads through Provence to the village we are staying at. the drive as absolutely...

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Oct 17, 2011 - Catching up

Marilyn's Musings I need to catch up on entries, so here’s a potpourri of stuff from our last few days in our gite in St. Remy; we were too busy “doing” and forgot to do any “posting”. Sorry. We visited Menerbes just so we could say that we visited the scene of A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle. I can understand why he fell in love with the area; unfortunately, he put the place on the map and prices for everything including one’s daily pastis have skyrocketed. He also got so beleaguered by friends and acquaintances wanting to visit that he...

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Oct 14, 2011 - Market report, part 2

Joint Jottings Monday’s market was a bit different than the others. Cavaillon is very much a working town; its industry is produce especially the famous Cavallon melons. And their weekly market caters to the needs of the folks who make their home there -- in this case, lots of Middle-eastern products, clothing, spices. Although France has made the wearing of full, face-covering veils illegal, most of the women in the market wore head scarves and long cover-ups. The prices were excellent, so, of course, I had to purchase a couple of scarves...

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Oct 11, 2011 - A marketing we will go

Joint Jottings And now for the market report Bob’s trip back to the south of France was a bit eventful; his train from DeGaulle was canceled because of mechanical problems on the track and the subsequent trains were packed with people. His seat for an hour or so was the luggage rack at the end of the car. But he’s fought off his second case of jet lag in a week and we’re back in holiday mode. The plan for our two weeks in St. Remy at the Mas de la Chouette was for it to be the vacation within a vacation. We had seen most of the “have to...

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Oct 7, 2011 - We're back

We’re back! Well, I never left; Bob did, but that’s the subject of the next paragraphs. We are, indeed, back in St. Remy de Provence where we spent three weeks on our trip in 2007. And we are back at La Mas de la Chouette, the vacation rental where we stayed previously. The mas consists of three 2 bedroom “townhouse” type apartments; two are rental units and one is occupied by family (last time it was the son, this time it is an older aunt). It is obvious that 5 years have passed -- things are just not as shiny bright as last time and I...

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Jun 7, 2011 - Pont du Gard to Provence, France

After Nimes, we traveled about 20 kilometers so we could see the famous Pont-du-Gard Roman aqueduct. We stopped in the little town of Remoulin for an overnight in a municipal lot filled with autocaravans, directly along the river on the left bank. The following morning we rode our bicycles over to the well-preserved Pont-du-Gard, the tallest surviving Roman aqueduct bridge. The bridge (pont) was a key link in the lengthy canal that carried water from underground channels in the mountains across the pont and then another 15 miles to Nimes....

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Aug 4, 2009 - Sambuc to St Remy 60kms

Too windy, too hot, too far! We followed the directions, "pick up the road you were on yesterday.." I dont know why they couldnt say go back the way you came! So once again we travelled a couple of extra kms before Ali remembered the farm they referred to from the day before. Not impressed when we had such a long day ahead of us! Perhaps we need to consult the maps more frequently?! We rode into a very strong wind for most of the day, which was like riding up hill and we walked a few kms rather than rode, making more progress! By the time...

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