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Antibes and Cannes

FRANCE | Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | Views [100]

Started the day with a full English breakfast at Queenie's on the Promenade des Anglais (very appropriately located). Wonderful way to start the day - yummy food and a superb view of the Mediterranean Sea with the sun shining. Then drove to Antibes which ... Read more >

More exploring Nice

FRANCE | Sunday, 10 Nov 2013 | Views [91]

Started the day a little later than usual with a short walk down to the cafe on the corner of our street and the promenade. It was called Pinocchio's and was ruled by a rather imperious Italian waiter. I'm pretty sure it was all an act for the tourists ... Read more >

Exploring Nice

FRANCE | Saturday, 9 Nov 2013 | Views [157]

A fine sunny day so after breakfast we headed straight down to the bay again. What a difference a bit of sunshine can make! The bay looked absolutely beautiful and I now understand the attraction of the Mediterranean Sea. The blue colours of the water ... Read more >

Nice is nice

FRANCE | Friday, 8 Nov 2013 | Views [104]

My apologies for the naff heading but I couldn't help myself. In any case, Nice is more than just nice - it is a beautiful place. We drove here from Isle-sur-la-Sorgue with no problems at all and found our accommodation relatively easily. The accommodation ... Read more >


FRANCE | Thursday, 7 Nov 2013 | Views [168]

Another beautiful sunny day. I went for a walk early this morning and found the fourteenth waterwheel. I couldn't leave Isle-sur-la-Sorgue without seeing all of their remaining waterwheels! Then after a late breakfast we caught the train to Avignon which ... Read more >

Water Wednesday

FRANCE | Wednesday, 6 Nov 2013 | Views [95]

Yay! A nice, sunny day! We took full advantage of the good weather and drove up to Fontaine de Vaucluse which is a gorgeous little village at the bottom of the hill where the largest spring in France (and the fifth largest in the world) is located. It ... Read more >

Gordes and Musee des Aromes et du Parfum

FRANCE | Tuesday, 5 Nov 2013 | Views [145]

Today was even colder than yesterday and rainy as well. But we'd already had our day off so we layered up and headed out. There are some days when one simply does not care about hat hair! We first went to a hilltop mediaeval village called Gordes.... Read more >

Pretending to be French

FRANCE | Monday, 4 Nov 2013 | Views [78]

We had checked the weather forecast the previous night and, as it was going to be quite a chilly day and because we both needed some downtime, we had decided that we wouldn't do anything today. But I did go out in the morning to do some 'jobs' such as ... Read more >

The Venice of Provence

FRANCE | Sunday, 3 Nov 2013 | Views [88]

The name of the town where we're staying is L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue but it is also referred to as the 'Venice of Provence'. That's probably stretching things a bit - no gondolas for a start - but it is built on the islands created by five branches of the ... Read more >

My Dad and Musee International de la Chaussure

FRANCE | Saturday, 2 Nov 2013 | Views [121]

Well my Dad would be quite amused if he knew he was sharing this blog entry with a shoe museum! Dad passed away early this morning France time (mid-afternoon in Australia). Although not unexpected it was still, of course, a heartbreaking call to receive ... Read more >

Perouges and La Confluence

FRANCE | Friday, 1 Nov 2013 | Views [134]

This morning we caught a train from Lyon to the town of Meximieux which takes 31 minutes to be precise and the French are certainly precise when it comes to their public transport schedules. We then walked to the village of Perouges which takes about ... Read more >

Silk Museum, Fourviere Basilica and Roman Ruins

FRANCE | Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | Views [162]

Bought a €5 daily travel ticket which includes travel on the buses, trains, trams and (bonus) funiculars in Lyon and we certainly got our money's worth throughout the day. Started with a train trip from Garibaldi Metro station which is only 600 ... Read more >

Road trip to Lyon

FRANCE | Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | Views [138]

Today we drove from Tours to Lyon which would be similar to driving from Albury to Sydney. According to Google it would take us 4 hours and 20 minutes if we used the tollways or 6 hours if we didn't. So we decided to do a bit of both as we wanted to ... Read more >

Four Chateaux in One Day - Part Two

FRANCE | Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 | Views [81]

After lunch we had to meet our mini-bus at 1.15pm out the front of the Amboise Tourist Office. Karen, Lindee and I were all on time but the four girls were nowhere to be seen. Our driver was literally calling the office in Tours to get permission to ... Read more >

Four Chateaux in One Day - Part One

FRANCE | Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 | Views [109]

Today we embarked on a mini-bus tour from Tours (pronounced 'tour') of four of the chateaux in the Loire Valley. There was me, Lindee, a woman from New Zealand called Karen and four young Asian women on the tour. As fellow Antipodeans Karen, Lindee and ... Read more >

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