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Oct 11, 2019 - Day 42. A day in Avignon
Highlights - waited for the host’s friend to come and solve the washing machine problem (the programme selector knob was jammed. Required more force than we were prepared to do. ) - Then visited the city on foot. - Climbed up to cliff top gardens. Nice views across the Rhône and surrounding countryside. - Spent a long time in the Papal Palace learning the history and looking at the rooms. Had no idea Avignon had once been the Holy See and it was moved from there to Rome - Walked on the famous Pont D’Avignon and watched an interesting...Jump to full entry
Oct 10, 2019 - Day 41 Pont du Gard to Avignon
PHOTOS TO BE ADDED Highlights - A long good bye from our hosts who were very keen to see us back again. Friendly lovely people - Rode back along the bike route that we had gone on to Pont du Gard - Returned to the tunnel with all the lights for Tom to make a video. After ‘playing’ there for awhile we returned back on the track and took the viaRhona path north. This was all on roads and when we got to the town of Montfrin we got off track and followed another route up a very steep climb. Luckily not too long! - Google (me!) then took us...Jump to full entry
Oct 7, 2019 - Day 38 A day in Arles
PHOTOS TO BE LOADED Highlights A very quiet day in Arles. We decided to look around following the theme of Van Gogh Rode out to the bridge that he painted then followed a trail which showed a few other areas / items that he had painted. Some of these we were successful in finding. Others not so successful! But it was a good way to see various other bits of the city. Called in at train station to find out about train timetables to Lyon but were particularly successful with that either. Had lunch at a cafe in the square where van Gogh...Jump to full entry
Oct 6, 2019 - Day 37 La Grande-Motte to Arles
Highlights - had a longer ride today so left early (after desperately trying to find someone who. could give us the key to the bike lockup - Again lots of riding on thin stretches of land between water bodies. - Had morning coffee in a cafe in Galician Lent our pump to a local needing to pump his tyres! - After leaving the canal we rode for most of rest of day through the swampy Camargue area. Lots of water the occasional horses on farms. - Eventually found an acceptable place to picnic by the side of the road - Got to Arles at 1500....Jump to full entry
Jul 11, 2019 - French canals - yipee!!!
uesday 25 June (C-1) After suffering a bit of engine problems (long/short story we got water into the fuel tank – which stopped the engine from starting so we had to anchor off the quayside – luckily not much wind) we went back to Port St-Louis du Rhone. Went back to the Thai restaurant, completed some provisioning and filled the jerry cans with diesel (so much cheaper than getting it in the marinas and there will not be that many opportunities along the way to pick up fuel). Wednesday 26 June (C day) Took the midday lock and we were in the...Jump to full entry
Jul 3, 2019 - Provence
Bonjour mes amis, When we said goodbye to Penelope and left Italy, we flew to Marseille on the Côte D'Azur, the second largest city in the France and the main city in Provence. We had planned a short visit, partly to visit is historic port area and partly because its airport was a convenient stopping point for our trek across the south of France. After waiting an interminable time for a checked bag, we were met by a blast of heat on leaving the airport late in the afternoon. It was an easy decision to take the first taxi we found. It was...Jump to full entry
Jun 25, 2019 - Update - sorry no photo's this time
Saturday 15 to Wednesday 19 June Have spent the last couple of days moving west and anchoring off some lovely bays/coves. There’s lots of boats about, seen many super yachts at anchor especially around St Tropez. Got a couple of gentle sails in with the sea breeze but otherwise it’s been pretty much motoring. Passed a beautiful part of coast called the Les Calanques which includes a couple of bays/fjords – stunning. Tried to anchor in a couple of bays off islands but these were full to the max so sought alternative anchorages. Anchored in...Jump to full entry
Jun 24, 2019 - Toilets do not open until 9:00 a.m.!
We relocated from Mercantour National Park to Digne les Bains (the capital of Alpes de Haute Provence) through gorges and up and over several mountain passes. We stopped off to visit the fortified town of Entrevaux, a stronghold during the reign of Louis XIV. It’s a medieval village guarding a narrow pass, has a drawbridge entrance high above the Var River and a walled walkway zigzagging up to a citadel. We experienced some fascinating and challenging hikes in this region. One of the hikes was to the spectacular group of rocks known as the...Jump to full entry
Jun 20, 2019 - French Riviera - ooh lalah
Tuesday 11 June We were hoping to get into one of the marina’s in Monaco – the first said straight away (once hearing our length) that we should contact the other marina (which we did but had no room at that hour of the morning (before check-in time)), so we proceeded very slowing down to Beaulieu marina some 6kms south (slowly as check in time is usually 13:00 and we were there well before 10am). Needless to say once settled in we didn’t get up to much, just relaxed. Stepped ashore to complete some provisioning. This ended up a great...Jump to full entry
Jun 17, 2019 - Fete de Papa!
We started the week with a day in the city of Nice on the Cote d’Azur, and were pleasantly surprised. The bus from Vence (costing just € 1.50 each) dropped us right at the edge of the old town. We spent the day wandering the old streets, walking up to a lookout over the bay, eating lunch in an established family restaurant and dodging thunderstorms. From Vence we headed north into the Mercantour National Park and what a revelation. The village of Saint-Martin Vesubie is a wonderful and vibrant centre of outdoor life in the area. The hiking...Jump to full entry
Jun 9, 2019 - “No minutes………………..no bus!”
We’ve spent all week camped just outside Vence at a wonderful family campsite. It has a restaurant, shop, swimming pool and a bus outside the door. After a hot day of hiking the swimming pool is a godsend and the food in the restaurant is very good and inexpensive. Vence has become one of our favourite towns in Provence – another town that developed on a rocky ledge and is still surrounded by its original fortifications. Its historic centre is circular and retains all its fortifications intact - these are now seen as a ring of ancient...Jump to full entry
Jun 2, 2019 - Ian Evans & Associates Inc. expands into France.
We finished our first week in new territory camped in the hills above the town of Vence. It has been a splendid week in a completely unexplored area for us – Alpes Maritimes. We have hiked amongst coastal volcanic mountains, hiked into a gorge from Pont du Loup, climbed 670m to a town (Gourdon) perched high on a cliff like an eagles nest and walked part of the Route Napoleon. Napoleon and his regrouped army walked the trail after he landed on the coast from his exile in Elba. It all ended badly 100 days later at the Battle of Waterloo. We...Jump to full entry