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Nov 23, 2018 - La Seyne-sur-Mer

Temperatures improved slightly for our drive through Marseille and on to our next stopover but road blockades did slow things down on two more occasions. Police were on hand at both which may have accounted for the lack of burning tyres. A coffee break near the Roman Arena in Nimes worked very well for us. That 21m high structure was built in 70AD and looked brilliant. It is now used for an occasional 'bull fight' and a number of public functions. Things were a little hectic as we passed through Marseille and got lost for a while. The...

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Oct 24, 2018 - Eze, France & Monaco

I took another tour from Nice. My friend Martha insisted I must see Eze while in France, and I have to admit it was the best of the hilltop cities I saw here. Not quite so commercialized, however there were some shops and I did buy a ring and a larimar carved turtle. But the highlight was making my way up all the steps to the cacti garden at the very top and the beautiful views of the Mediterranean. The castle, like many others in the area was destroyed by King Lous XIV to make sure the area would not use it as a defense against him. At the...

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Oct 23, 2018 - Plumbing, Beach, And The Little White Train in Nice, France

After a busy day with the tour group and all the nearby cities we visited, and my evening walkabout. There are so many interesting streets and little shops tempting a tourist to stop and browse. I left the hotel late and slowly made my way down to the waterfront where I found the little white train that took me to discover the oldest settled section of Nice. The train is the best way to see it as it is quite a way up, and up, to the top of a hill that interestingly sits in the middle of Nice. First settled 3 BC by Celtic/ligurians. A...

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Oct 22, 2018 - Tour From Nice: Cannes, Grasse, Gordon, and St. Paul de Vance

Like all multi destination tours, part I liked and part was disappointing. I lucked into a great group on my tour. A jolly family fivesome from Scotland and a mother/daughter from NY City. Cannes without the film festival was a little dull. Unexpectedly Grasse and the visit to the famous Fragonard Parfumeur was really enjoyable. We learned more then I ever thought possible about how perfumes are made, and the combinations used. We had smelling contests to try to recognized the different scents. And best of all was 40% reduction in...

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Oct 21, 2018 - Sweet and Bitter Traveling Experiences

Several days ago I learned my brother was sick with pneumonia in NY City. Today I learned he has passed away. Nothing can be more frustrating and sad then to be off enjoying yourself to learn of a horrible family crisis. I had at least been able to FaceTime him, but not able to hold his hand. My first time in France and I was immolized with sadness. It was only in the late afternoon I got myself together to take a walk. I ended up near the port where there is an hour boat cruise around the Nice Harbour that I decided to take. I overheard...

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Oct 20, 2018 - Nice, France: My First Adventure in France

For me solo traveling in a country I don’t speak the language very well (or not at all), transportation from place to place is a scary feeling. I started worrying last night about getting from Diano Marina to Nice. I read some scary blogs about the boarder town, Ventimglia, where passengers often have to change trains going to or from Italy and France. Many immigrants trying to get into France, and few trains laste at night. Weekends usually means no ticket agents present and having to deal with the machine. In fact I offered my taxi driver...

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Oct 17, 2018 - Vieux Port. [weather; wet, really rainy and partly cloudy]. My last day :-(, :-(

Good almost trying to dry out before the next rains hit - morning. My last day is always hard. Saying goodbye to Milena, and her unbelievable life, brings tears of happiness first, because I will always be thankful and that she is so much a part of my life for so many years — like 40 years to be precise. Grateful, always, because I can always return as long as she is sailing the Mediterranean with Jacques, and his lovely Marina. So rather than crying because I am saying goodbye for this year..... I choose to be happy and celebrate her being...

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Oct 16, 2018 - Vieux Port. [weather: Beaufort 7: ugly, wet, raining and lots of wind]

Ok.... I thought yesterday’s rains were bad, but it is nothing like the soggy, deluging gallons of water that are being dumped on Cannes today! According to the weather, this dark, dismal wetness with be here until 8:00pm tonight. Going outside is frightful —- noplace for man nor beast. (pic) With all that said, Marina turned the heater on in the salon, and I was set up for the day. Marina, braving the elements, had to go out to grab some food for Nelson, and drop the laundry off at the cleaners....they had the benefit of having a drier....

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Oct 15, 2018 - Vieux Port. [weather: the rains, wind and cold weather returns!] Dr. Jan & husband are dinner guests

Good morning, from below deck on Milena again. The rains are predicting to return intermittently today, and be continuous tomorrow. At least today it is shattered, hopefully and not constant. By comparing to two ...’Millie lamas’, we are in/out of green to red: Beaufort 5 to 6. (pic) Marina is trying so desperately to get all the laundry caught up and dried, before the rains descend on us again. With a little luck, I can get my stuff washed and line dried outside, before it is too late. The morning escaped all three of us, on our separate...

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Oct 14, 2018 - View Port. [sunny and 73 degrees] Jean-Pierre dinner guest

Good morning to yet another day of sun in Cannes. This is so refreshing after 10+ days of stormy gray, rain, lots of wind. The temperature to begin our day is chilly enough, that I am still having my breakfast below deck. The aftermath of Didier and Jacques, detaching, folding, stuffing and removing 6 sails off the boat yesterday, makes Millie look partially nude. A strange look, when I usually see her totally outfitted and dressed “for charter”. Today my job is to continue to sort my stuff out, emptying “my refrigerator”, and taking arm...

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Oct 13, 2018 - Vieux Port. [Weather: partly sunny, 72 degrees]

Good morning. After my early morning egg white omelette, chocolate croissant and iced latte, I felt like I could conquer the world.... Well, what I really need to accomplish is the dreaded chore of packing. Marina is doing her thing, as far as cleaning, arranging and storing the essentials of Milena below deck. The aft cabin we are splitting. I am using the little bed to organize my stuff for the suitcase, whilst Marina has the big bed for organizing Millie’s under pinnings. Jacques is topside and doing all the sails...

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Oct 12, 2018 - Vieux Port. [first day of sun in 12 days!: Chateau Roubine]

GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE! (This is the first day of sun we have had in the last 11 days!) What a great way to begin, with the sun shining over our shoulders. It seems that Jacques had some pre arranged ideas of how he wanted to spend his morning — which was not the same plans that Marina had — but the two of them are now folding up and storing the sails for winter. According to the port, the slip we are in now is the one that Jacques will have for the winter: SP -111, next the Kennedy’s “floating White House”. (pic) (pic) (pic) (pic) ...

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