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May 27, 2019 - Signs, signs everywhere .……

We spent the week staying in another of our favourite Provencal villages – Lourmarin, where Peter Mayles made his last home (“A year in Provence” etc.). It’s a delightful community with a fantastic market. Sitting in a coffee shop after buying lots of local produce and goodies was one of the highlights of the week. We repeated a hike from last year, from Lourmarin over the hills to Bonnieux and took the bus back along a very twisty, narrow road through a gorge. The walk did not disappoint the second time. Before heading to Lourmarin we...

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May 19, 2019 - Small dogs at the dinner table.......

We have spent the whole of the last week in Saint Remy de Provence. A place we have been to before, but this time just fell in love. Charming, sophisticated, old Roman town, one of the best markets in Provence (that is saying something), fantastic hiking and cycling. Not much more to ask for. The weather remains very unseasonable, with cool temperatures and more rain than we can remember. Apparently, it has been this way since early April this year. We completed one of the best hikes we have had in all our travels in the camper van....

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May 13, 2019 - Provence...............again!

After a traumatic start to our preparations, involving an army of mice invading our beloved home (i.e. the van), we finally crossed into France on May 6th. What astounded us was the absence of people. Not only on the ferry, but on the roads and in the campsites. There is almost no one around. Do the French know something we don’t, or are they running from our UK license plates? We headed right to one of our favourite spots – Vaison la Romaine. We have the weather for Vaison bookmarked, so in the dark days of November at home, we can get a...

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Nov 29, 2018 - Paris/ Marseille

1.5 Hour flight from Dublin to Paris but has taken us all day. At 8.30am Michael drove us to Gorey, then a 2-hour bus journey to Dublin and finally boarded. Upon arrival at 4.30pm got the airport train and then 5 sub-way trains whilst lugging 16kg backpacks, up and down stairs, through tunnels, getting lost, the station we wanted closed for maintenance so had to back-track and all in very crowded rush-hour, to arrive at David’s at 6.30pm totally exhausted. Must be getting old. David then took us out for a magnificent duck confit at his...

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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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