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16th May 2015

living dangerously
You two really live on the edge, paying the ferryman up front! haha Love the flamingo pics, they look bizarre in flight, almost hard to tell which is the head end from a distance! So beautiful in flocks!
16th May 2015

nostalgic journey
I am enjoying catching up with your blog and drooling over the lovely images too. Some of my favourite parts of the world. Phil and I loved our one week stay in Aix back in 2012 and also a week in Arles so we had plenty of time to explore those superb areas. In fact I could swear some of the photos displayed were ours! I was walking along with you through those streets and past those fountains and structures, imagining it all over again. We stayed in an apartment very close to the city centre with a supermarket one minute away. I loved walking through the narrow old city streets, but also enjoyed the modern aspects of the city too, especially the stunning street sculptures displayed at that time. Sadly travel does have its stressful moments but the enjoyment of new experiences outweighs the frustrations. Unfortunately there are times when it can colour our view of places we have visited over the years! I feel for non english speaking visitors trying to work out how to pay tolls or travel on our public transport system, such a minefield! Keep enjoying the good times! love Janet x
From Blog: Aix-en-Provence
14th May 2015

Its not a bird
Promise, I will not be offended, what was in your casserole, my guess is goat?
From Blog: Aix-en-Provence
14th May 2015

Il était lapin
Did you study any French in high school? Just in case you didn't ... it was a🐇.
From Blog: Aix-en-Provence
13th May 2015

Aches in Aix??!!
Thank God you didn't eat Stephen! Hope it wasn't Wendy! Now here's a thought - you might be the unwitting stars of the next "Night in the Museum 3" ???? You do get to do some amazing things, even if they are totally unplanned. Ciao. Caroline
From Blog: Aix-en-Provence
12th May 2015
Looking down to the River Verdon

Great route!
Lovely photos of the Grand Canyon du Verdon, and I give you two credit for driving on the "wrong" side of the road on those narrow streets. I tried driving in Ireland and quickly gave up, letting my brave friend do it. Great you had that until-now, unused insurance. Pretty scary! Enjoy Aix!
12th May 2015

You scratched the MERC!!!!!!
12th May 2015

'fraid so!
Yes, unfortunately the Merc has been scratched. 😢 T
11th May 2015

I just read your Cannes post...
I agree that it's best to try to avoid Cannes and Monaco in May. We always stayed in Antibes. I hope you visit there too.
11th May 2015

Your camera too??
Hi Tracey and Bernie, you really do experience some very interesting places - love all your daily 'blogs'. Sorry about your camera Tracey. I had similar problems with both my last 2 cameras; the Nikon was returned because of a battery problem [within warranty thank god], and it's replacement [only 15 months ago] - Olympus OMD - has just been sent for repairs because the touch-screen stopped working and the battery connection was also playing up [meaning I had to eject and then insert the battery before I could take any photos!!]. Sooooo annoying. I'm expecting to have to investigate another new camera as I've been told that it's easier to replace [even expensive cameras] than to repair! What a shocking indictment on modern consumer society?! You still have a long time to go before you come home so I hope you can get it fixed. Ciao for now. Caroline
10th May 2015

Isn't the Cannes Film Festival...
happening about now? Are you planning to see the stars?
11th May 2015

Bad timing?
Hi Bob, You may have seen our Cannes post now? It suited us to be Europe in May and it is just coincidence that we were on the Côte d'Azur at the same time as the lead up to the Monaco Grand Prix and just a couple of days before the Cannes Film Festival. Not being star watchers we would have preferred to see both places in their natural state rather than all pimped up for these events! But that's travel for you - you just have to go with the flow. We didn't even have an accidental star sighting. Cheers, Tracey,
9th May 2015

Trophy decided
Well, we left the trophy behind this year after winning two years running. Good to share it around. They are so hospitable in Toc and we all had a great week. The weather was colder than usual however the rain held off until today so that was a blessing. I can imagine you will welcome having a car to go further afield without the usual bother of train timetables. I quite like using public transport when we travel because you see places and a side of their life that you may miss driving around. However sometimes it is too hard to get to certain places without your own wheels. Good to see you both enjoying your adventures to the max! xx
8th May 2015
Miroir d'eau

blue sky days
The weather looks wonderful, really shows off the photos well. It's chilly here in Toc and will no doubt be colder in Melb on our return tonight. Oh for the blue sky of Nice!! xx
9th May 2015
Miroir d'eau

Winners or Losers?
Hi Janet and Phil, How did the bowling go up in Tocumwal? We took the bus to Monaco yesterday and we're off to Cannes today. Very excited about picking up the hire car on Sunday and having more freedom of movement. 💜 T
8th May 2015
Korean light show on kimchi jars

Bravo for braving a World's Fair!
I've always been afraid they'd be too crowded, so I admire you for going and reporting. Too bad most exhibits were into self-promotion and didn't showcase efforts to feed the world, but good for those that did. In 2004, in Barcelona, I attended a Universal Forum for Cultures, partly sponsored by UNESCO and learned so much. Well, thanks for saving me from having to go to the next Expo!
11th May 2015
Korean light show on kimchi jars

Maybe not in the first week?!
Hi Tara, I think it is probably unwise to attend a World's Fair during Week 1 as it was obvious that some sections of the site were still a bit underdone. I think we would consider going again if the theme interested us BUT I think we would also wait until other people had posted their thoughts on social media so that we could attend with a much better idea of which pavilions would be the best ones to visit. Cheers, Tracey.
7th May 2015

Is Wendy lost too?
Just love your wide-angle shot of Civiche Racco;te d'Arte Antica. Glorious photo of the cloisters. Did you discover why the banners were showing dogs? Are you sure Stephen wasn't looking down on you from one of those 'monstrous' gargoyles? Thoroughly enjoying your detailed commentary Tracey. Ciao. Caroline
6th May 2015
George's House?

looks like george's house
Checked some images on the internet and the house you have photographed looks like it is George Clooney's home, going on many features pictured. It is a different angle but I am certain you are right.
6th May 2015

hello again
Love the gelato flowers, very different. I can never resist an extra flavour! As always some great pics. Phil is out with his camera at the moment but nothing here as flash as what you are seeing. We are in Toc for our bowls week so I think he will mainly capture flowers from the motel garden and river views from the beach today. A few of the guys will be at the beach stoking up fires as I type, putting on enough camp ovens to feed roast and vegies to 60 people! It gets bigger every year. Not a bad life, sitting around with a glass of wine and watching a group of men cook for us all. Looking forward to following more of your adventures.
6th May 2015

Gelato everywhere!
Hi Janet, It seems that nearly every second shop here is a Gelateria!! We are certainly making pigs of ourselves on it because it tastes so much better in Italy. Or is it just because we are on holidays? It's a similar sort of thing to having a meal cooked by the men I think?! 💜 T
5th May 2015

Where's Stephen?
Loved the colours of the plants in the garden at Cadenabbia - brilliant overlooking the lakeside. And, despite the dull day your photos are still remarkably clear. That mansion may also belong to Johnny Matthis, if you remember him. I've been in love with his music all my life. Cheers. Caroline
6th May 2015

Spring flowers
Hi Caroline, The rhododenrons and the azaleas seem to do very well here in northern Italy as we have seen some absolutely beautiful examples of both ... in gardens and in pots. Cheers, Tracey.

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