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Sep 21, 2018 - Ile Sainte Marguerite, Cannes, France

Good Morning. I am very happy to report that the three muskiteers did not start moving until after 9:00a.m. this morning. After they awakened all felt better. Nine days of crossing at all hours of the night and day, does take a tole on functionality after a while. Today all looked rested — they deserved it. Milena did not move at all today. Chilling out at ILE Sainte Marguerite. (pic) All last night and today boats of all sizes are arriving in the bay of Cannes. On Monday, Sept . 22 - 29 the Royal Regatte of Cannes will be...

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Sep 20, 2018 - CROSSING: Portoferraio, Elba, IT to opposite Vieux Port, Cannes, FR (3:00am to 11:55p.m.) LAST DAY OF SUCCESSFUL CROSSING!!

Our final day of 3:00a.m. departure times. Looking at our favorite, accurate wave, and wind Italian website: http://www.lamma.rete.toscana.it/mare/modelli/vento-mare.php We have nick named this website: “Millie Lama”, our very own private Dalai Lama, of the seas. According to “Millie Lama” we should go, go, go. There is bad weather coming up behind us, and bad weather infront of us after our arrival in Cannes. In other words today is THE day to go to Cannes. Through today, the weather is perfect, so once we leave Portoferraio, Elba, Italy...

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Sep 7, 2018 - Gorgeous Gorges of the Vaucluse

Sept. 7/18 Last day of hiking in Provence, and it's another thigh burning , calf sculpting hill climb and descent! Yesterday morning's thundershowers have cleansed Provence, just as my clear fluid diet of black tea and rose wine have cleansed me and we are both bright and shiny and ready for walking. We climb up and over into the Senanque gorge, arriving at the Abbey de Senanque, a working monestery dating back to the 15th century. It is famous from nearly every published photographic collection of the Luberon of Provence because of it's...

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Sep 6, 2018 - To Gordes - a castle and beyond

Sept. 5/18 Again tough to tear ourselves away from the relaxing little ochre coloured hacienda of a hotel in Roussillon today, but we were excited to be making our way to Gordes for 2 nights. Today starts off as a walk through classic Provence countryside of vineyards and orchards presided over by large impressive villas. I have picked out my property, but will require staff to take care of the vines. It's really tough to walk by the big luscious bunches of grapes and not reach over to sample a few, but I think that would be in bad form....

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Sep 4, 2018 - Roussillon... the reddest earth, the bluest sky

Sept.4/18 Oh it was hard to leave our peaceful pretty B&B this morning, not only the setting but the company as we really enjoyed our hosts, Veerle and Nico from Belgium and great conversation with a visiting couple, also originally Belgian but living in Stuttgart, Germany whose little 8 year old boy kept us entertained with his football knowledge. We wound down the hill from Bonnieux and across the country roads and vineyards to Roussillon, and what a great hike it was. As we pass over the hill separating the 2 areas we enter this...

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Sep 3, 2018 - Another day another climb

A lovely breakfast on the terrace puts us in a little bit of a lazy mood, but..when in Europe one must walk or suffer the perils of our eating habits.. so our boots we don and take a steep rocky forced march up in the hills to le Foret du Cedres . This is a national park around a 120 year old planting of Moroccan cedar trees to prevent erosion on the hills. These are slow growing and therefore small cedars, prompting us snobby western Canadians to say " That's not a forest... that's a Christmas tree farm!" They are however quite unique,...

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Sep 2, 2018 - Market Day and Pleasantly Lost in Provence

Sept.2/18 A bus to Nimes, a train to Avignon and a bus to Apt bring us to the Luberon of Provence in just 5 hours. Apt is a larger working town, not terribly attractive. But we have a lovely B&B here with another charming hostess, and we have booked an extra night here in order to see the Saturday market, the biggest in Provence, and it's fabulous. Hundreds of people, colourful stalls galore, street musicians in the squares, and great people watching. Well worth the extra day. We were happy however to leave the town and head for the hills...

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Jul 5, 2018 - Another day in Avignon

It continues to be very hot on this holiday - again in the mid 30's. Still, that's much better than the 12 degrees in Melbourne. Early this morning we walked from our accommodation across the bridge to the main walled city of Avignon. We found a lovely bakery in the old city for breakfast then found our way to the old Papal Palace. This is where the Popes found refuge in the 1300's and established a fantastic palace over many years before eventually returning to Italy. The outside structure looks magnificent but internally there isn't much...

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Jul 4, 2018 - Avignon

Yesterday we had a short drive to Sauve, another old and interesting village. Our accommodation was amazing - a B&B in an old mansion built in about 1809. The spacious rooms were decked out in period furniture, everything was great except the outside which was looking a little neglected. The village was contained within old ramparts from Roman times. We enjoyed exploring the village and surrounds. Today we set off for Avignon but before getting here we made a short deviation to Pont-du-Gard to see the First Century Roman Acquaduct which is...

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May 26, 2018 - Avignon

Day 8. Avignon. (Arles to Avignon) 26/5/18. Saturday. Cloudy, light rain morning; sunny, hot afternoon. 15-30 degrees We are given weather predictions daily, and after receiving todays, I changed into summer dress to suit the weather. Wrong....we had light rain and a breeze and it was quite cool, maybe even 18-20 degrees, and most people felt cold, but it was too late to change again, as we had left the boat and were on our walking tour of Avignon. First we passed le Pont d’Avignon - you all know that song from school days - and then went...

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May 25, 2018 - Arles

Day 7. Arles 25/5/18. Friday. Hot & sunny, some slight breeze. 17-28 degrees Hot and cold during the night - on and off with the doona. We’ve asked for a top sheet, which is the way we like to sleep. Showers and breakfast, and we decided to miss the mornings excursion to a castle fort with lots of steps and olive farm. We both felt very tired, and this is the first time we’ve not done an excursion. Ian got a book out of the library and sat in the lounge reading and chatting, and I stayed in our cabin reading through all the bits of paper...

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May 24, 2018 - Monte Carlo to Arles

Day 6. Monte Carlo to Arles. 24/5/18. Thursday. Sunny, hot. Early start today after ports out last night; breakfast at 6.30. Because the F1 race track is right in front of the hotel, the hotel is totally blocked and we had to leave by the back way, up the adjoining walk to the Casino, across a temporary overhead bridge which goes over the track - and a F1 car roared past right under us - what a buzz, (well, I thought it was a F1 car, but Ian said it was just a medic car, but it made a heck of a noise and was going fast)- up steep streets to...

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