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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur August 30th 2020

We made three trips to France in 2018/2019 before moving on to Hawaii. We combined the photos, and this blog is mostly Provence (south of France) and the next one will be Provence to Paris and back to Switzerland. As I said before, I love driving small backroads - the curvier, the better. And there are quite a few curvy roads in France. We try to get a small car, so Pete can usually, easily turn around and we can get that perfect shot. Besides beautiful scenery and great food, there’s a lot of Roman history in Provence. Since one of my majors at the University of Washington was Greek and Roman History, I’ve always been fascinated by this area. Provence was actually a “province” of Rome, so there are several aqueducts, theaters, arches and other ... read more

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur August 29th 2020

Much like other sports, this year's Tour de France has been postponed from June to August 29, 2020, through September 20. And needless to say, it is the premier cycling event of the year, eclipsing even Olympic year cycling events. And for many years, I had absolutely zero interest in the race, due to doping and various forms of cheating. Now that I am a semi-serious cyclist, and the sport is a bit cleaner, I have become a fan. I record every stage, watch them religiously, as only a cyclist would and can do, particularly during the pandemic. I do envy the stamina of the riders, though I would never subject myself to that abuse. This year's race will be 2,156 miles, or 3,470 kilometers. Just for comparison, I try to ride between 25 and 30 ... read more
Who will win?
Peter Sagan, the best sprinter

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Avignon March 15th 2020

Tag 6 – So, 15.3. We want to go home Am nächsten Morgen standen wir um sieben auf und humpelten zum Bahnhof. Alles war leer dort, und auf den Straßen fuhren auch keine Autos. Im Bahnhof war das Reisezentrum noch bis 8.30 Uhr zu, aber zum Glück hatte ein Schalter schon offen. Wir wollten den Zug reservieren, doch der Angestellte sagte uns, es gäbe keine Züge mehr nach Frankreich heute. Gar keine. Wir konnten nur nach Barcelona fahren. Wir sollten es vielleicht mit BlaBlarCar versuchen. So ein Schock. Schnell erstellte ich mir ein BlaBlaCar-Account und suchte Verbindungen. Namid suchte nach Flügen, in den nächsten Tagen war alles weg. Ich schaute alle Oui- und Flixbusse durch. Ich fand nur eine BlaBlarCar-Verbindung von einem Ort außerhalb von Barcelona nach Perpignan. Schnell stellte ich eine Anfrage. Am liebsten hätte ... read more

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur March 7th 2020

Good morning world! This is a weird entry to write. It didn't happen the last century, but it did happen in another era...the one where travel was still safe! Tanya and I had both to travel for we decided to extent our trip by a little week of holidays. Flights were booked to and from Nice...and the plan was to go to the right for a romantic week in Italy....Venice and la Scala were waiting for us! Well, Italy never happened. it was the very first few days of the Coronavirus in Europe....but we would simply not take the risk and cross the border. At the time, there were less than 20 cases in a region of over 10 millions inhabitants, I name Provence-Cote d'Azur. That would change days after we were back home! So ... read more
A very romantic stay in Eze....
The last few days of our little trip...enjoying social distance....
Tanya in the field...we know, more beautiful in June!

From Montreux, it is a lovely voyage through the rolling hills, quaint little villages, embraced by the Seine river, and majestic Swiss Alps. There is a castle built in a diagonal line to correspond with the striated rock upon which it is built. Arriving into Aix-en-Provence in the Cote d’azur region (french riviera) we are given bad news at the train station. Because of the storms that have struck southern France, the railway tracks are under construction. We are stuck! No way out other than bus, car, or plane. Will have some decisions to make. Since Provence is known for their lavender, the accommodation we have booked is called The Lavender Apartment, with walls being painted this same hue. Looking out the living room window, there is a French soldier bearing an automatic weapon, and patrolling ... read more
Our hood! Great location!
Our street in Aix-en-Provence

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice October 18th 2019

Time to leave our lovely Nice. The holiday within the holiday. The tram system has made a huge difference to the city...very efficient with one arriving every three minutes. Jean Medecin with it's beautiful shops with beautiful prices (way too much for us)! Fantastic beaches, charm of the oldtown history, flowers, fruit & veg markets, easy access & frequency to the outer regions by bus or train.....Antibes, Cannes, Biot, Cagnes sur Mer, Grasse, St Paul du Vence, Vence, Entrevaux, Villefranche, Saint Jean cap Ferrat, Beaulieu, Monaco, and Menton on the Ventimigllia border to Italy. Tram to the airport...still no hold luggage so straight to Departure Security with our online boarding passes. Moving the whole time between EU countries, so no checks on arrival, just as you depart. Cuts at least 2 hours off the trip & ... read more
Lunch spot in Rome

Fluers Market is reknown for it's flowers & fresh fruit and vegetables. Quite a colourful display! A walk to catch the 100 bus to Beaulieu sur Mer. Always a scenic drive. Off the bus & a wee look at the rich boats in the Marina & then straight down to the beach. Feet in the Mediterranean to the other end. A sit in the shade with our pre-made lunch before we walked the Pomenade around Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Some very nice homes in this area too. The pink house used to be Charlie Chaplin's then it belonged to David Niven who painted it pink on behalf of his wife having cancer. The walk is an easy stroll & lots of people doing the same as us. We choose to take a local bus up into ... read more
Remind me

A day planned inland to St Paul de Vence. A hilltop Village..20min tram to Parc Phinox then the 400 bus to St Paul. Great bus journey into a region where there are not so many apartments but detached houses. Lots of greenery & very clean. We passed through Cagnes sur Mer which appears to be another weathly area on the Cote d'Azur. Chaghall is buried in the cemetary which sits ontop of the hill just outside the Village wall. The Village was full of art shops.... read more
Entrance through the old wall
Info Centre

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice October 15th 2019

Rain & thunder...we've been so lucky with the weather! Ventured out in what we thought was in between & got caught in a huge downpour! Paying special attention now to what the locals are wearing. Afternoon eased off enough for a walk into Ville Veux (oldtown) & Jean Medecin. ... read more
Eglise Sainte Jeanne d'Arc

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Marseille October 15th 2019

Our last day in Nice was beautiful- sunny and warm. Our goal today was to walk from Nice to Villefrance- sur -Mer. We started off around 10 AM through the streets of Nice toward the Port and then along the seaside all the way to Villefrance. It was a beautiful walk past rocky beaches, beautiful villas and through small villages. The terrain was smooth sidewalks but lots of steep hills. Our pace was leisurely and we arrived in Villefrance about 1 PM. We strolled through the narrow streets browsing in a few shops and then arrived at the harbour where the water was littered with boats and the shoreline cluttered with sidewalk cafes. We couldn't resist sitting down and having a nice leisurely meal by the water. We met a family from New York/St. Thomas, BVI ... read more
A rocky beach in Nice
A villa looking toward the Mediterranean
Parking on the roof

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