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Oct 1, 2013 - Avignon to Nice

Another pack this morning, and have realised that even though we travelled with one cabin size roller case each, and two hand luggage pieces between us, we still have packed too much. As you will notice from our pics, we are rotating and mixing & matching our predominantly Motto wardrobes very well. Did we really need that many skincare products? Had asked out landlady to book us a cab, but no response, so off I trot to the nearest rank grab us one. It is actually illegal to hail a taxi in France. Whilst we have mastered the Metro in the...

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Sep 30, 2013 - Avignon - Palais Des Popes and an Aussie Encounter

Our final day in Avignon, and filled with ensuring we have covered what we wanted to see. Still had the two biggies left for last, the Papal Palace and the Bridge, Pont D'Avignon. Jumped on board the green minibus that the locals use to run around town, and for the princely sum of 50c, we did the full circuit before being dropped back at the Palace. Time for ice cream. Have actually discovered that anytime is time for ice cream here in France. We were served by a delightful young man whose brother is heading to Melbourne for an 8 month...

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Sep 28, 2013 - Avignon

Up early to watch the Grand Final on my ipad. Had fun messaging Alice throughout the game. Good result! Made an excursion to Les Halles, the covered market here with an amazing vertical garden on the outside wall. Enjoyed our walk there, visited yet another church that we stumbled upon en route, and discovered a local wool shop that we just had to pop into and browse around. The market was wonderful. We bought some little mini pork pies, about the size of a wine cork. They were so beautifully decorated. We loved the spice and herb...

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Sep 27, 2013 - Lyon to Avignon

Farewelled Emannuelle in the morning and had her organise a cab for us to the station. Sad to leave Lyon, we really loved it and could have stayed longer. An easy departure from the station and a one hour TGV fast train to Avignon. We had to kill an hour or so before we could meet our next landlords, so sat on the steps with our luggage ( see pic) and had banquettes and coffee for lunch. Taxi to Avignon Centre Ville, and met the delightful Alexandra and Stephan. Both kindly helped us up the one flight of stairs to our apartment. They...

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Sep 26, 2013 - Lyon - Walking Tour

Love the trams in Lyon. They run right by the footpath on lawn! Very quiet, unlike the Melbourne rattlers Went to Place De Belcours for lunch at a cafe we had a drink in a couple of days ago. Very friendly waiter who flirted outrageously with Margaret. He commented that he remembered her from before, and made her a special coffee and he had attempted a picture on the top which failed. So, he said with a laugh, the coffee was on the house. Funny how it was still on the bill, though. To the tourist office for our booked tour of the...

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Sep 25, 2013 - Lyon - Presqu'ile and Dinner

A very full and interesting day, and another sunny, warm one. It was time for my nails to be done, and had booked in to a local beauty salon. What an experience. My technician, Marie, spoke about 2 words of English. When I was explaining that I wanted a gel refill and shellac, off she went with much gesticulating and smiling and I was able to gather that she used a coloured gel. Ok, got that much. Decided on the colour and away she went. She used a liquid gel, as opposed to the powder used at home. Then applied 2 coats of the coloured gel....

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Sep 24, 2013 - Vieux Lyon

To the farmers market early for lunch and dinner provisions, then a beautiful 26 degree day spent at Vieux Lyon (old Lyon) We began at Saint-Jean Cathedral, constructed between 1180 and 1440. We meandered the streets from the cathedral and took in the atmosphere of this UNESCO protected heritage area. Narrow cobblestoned streets lined with fascinating buildings, most of which are still used for residential purposes. The bottom floors of the buildings have been converted to restaurants, cafes, and quirky shops. One of the oddities of...

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Sep 23, 2013 - Paris to Lyon

An early start to finish packing - oh no, our suitcases have shrunk! Hailed a cab and in my most confident French directed the cabbie to Gare Du Nord. Thank God we had a chatty driver who was happy to communicate in half poor French and half poor English. He asked where we were off to next and when we told him Lyon, he looked at us quizzically, veered to the side of the road and told us that we were heading to the wrong station. Should be Gare Du Lyon. He drove like he was in a Grand Prix, dodging and weaving through peak period traffic to...

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Aug 29, 2013 - Lyon

We bought a 24hr transport pass from the camp reception for €5 – excellent value as this took us into and out of the city on the bus, and around the city on the metro and funiculaires. We went first to Orange to sort out our simcard as our internet had stopped working (and the camp WiFi was “down”). After waiting almost an hour to be served at one Orange shop we were directed to go to the main store on Rue de la République where I was told I had been sold a sim for tablets only in Aix! And it seems we can only buy 500mb of data at a time...

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Aug 23, 2013 - Lyon - 23 Aug 13

Well, having just finished another four course French dinner with copious quantities of French wine; red, while and/or Rose, I trust you will forgive any spelling mistakes. We had an easy morning, still berthed in Lyon; Sandy walked into the town and it was my turn to have a lazy day on board. After lunch, I joined an organised tour (12 pers) to go on a 'Beaujolais Tour and Wine Tasting at the Village of Oingt. Sandy had another walk into the city while I was hard at work with the wine tasting. The weather has been fantastic all the tome we...

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Aug 22, 2013 - Lyon - 22 Aug 13

While we were asleep last night, the boat departed Macon for Lyon at 0500 hours. When we woke this morning we were on the move and had a quiet cruise to Lyon and arrived about lunchtime. The organised tour from the boat took us, in small groups as normal, for a tour of the historical sights and the old town area of Lyon. The Basilica was the highest point in the city and was very impressive. Lyon is the second largest city, by population, after Paris and has many Roman structures still standing. The city was originally built at the top of...

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Aug 4, 2013 - Lyon

So for the next phase of our trip we have found our way to Lyon, which is the second largest metropolitan area other than Paris. This area is very well known for its cuisine, which is basically why we are here! Yesterday (Saturday) was basically the first blah day I have had. We had to get up early, and leave our house which was sad. Then I had a 3 hour car ride sandwiched in the backseat between 2 car seats while mom and dad bickered about the route. About 1/2 way through we stopped in a small town to have lunch, only to find no...

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