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Castellane and the Grand Canyon

On Sunday we drove 212 miles across Provence to an aire at Sète, on the eastern edge of the Languedoc-Rousillon region. It’s good to travel on a Sunday in France; the lorries are all off the roads. We drove first

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Posted in - France, 2014 Autumn, Castellane, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Lac Thorenc….1.5 degrees…Are We still in France?

We headed inland and spent the night on an aire at Lac Thorenc ( N 43.799659, E 6.807767). This is just the sort of aire we like, remote, surrounded by trees and with good walks through the forests or around

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Posted in - France, 2014 Autumn, Lac Thorenc, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Nice….Apollo has Returned…Girls Avert your Eyes

Today we hit Nice. The Place de Massena is a must see, looked over from one side by Apollo on the Fontaine de Soleil. His statue was removed fairly recently in case it caused ‘moral disruption’ but was daringly reinstated

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Posted in - France, 2014 Autumn, Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Antibes…Picasso and Napoleon

We are at Villeneuve-Loubet, a town on the ‘Bay of Angels’ halfway between Nice and Antibes. The site is a short walk (5 minutes) from the beach. Mavis is parked in Camping Hippodrome ( N 43.642186 E 7.137281). This is

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Posted in - France, Antibes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Villeneuve-Loubet

Cannes…Ginger and Fred

We are in Cannes…we arrived here on Monday and went out for a good nosh at the Golf Park Restaurant, to celebrate Nia’s birthday. We drove along the dramatic Côte d’Azur from Ste Maxime…only about 15 miles. We stopped for

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Posted in - France, 2014 Autumn, Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Sainte Maxime…Do Sharks Live Here?

May be better not to swim here. We moved on from Ramatuelle to Sainte Maxime which is a small town on the Gulf of St Tropez. We stayed at a pretty basic aire (N 43.317154, E6.630549) next to a roundabout

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Posted in - France, 2014 Autumn, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Sainte Maxime

Ramatuelle…the sous chef is unleashed.

We are working our way along the coast of Provence. Maybe working isn’t the right word. Meandering. For two days we have been encamped on an aire at Ramatuelle, about 12 miles to the south of St Tropez, soaking up

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Posted in - France, 2013 Spring, 2014 Autumn, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Ramatuelle

Porquerolles…the Mexican Connection

On Thursday we took the ferry to Porquerolles, one of the Islands of Hyeres, just a mile or so offshore. The arrow is pointing at our campsite, a stones throw from the harbour. On the way over we chatted to

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Posted in - France, 2014 Autumn, Porquerolles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

This Dog is more Passionate than my Wife

Before we left the aire at Carro, I disappeared under the motorhome to track down a fault with the starboard air suspension unit, which was losing pressure. Noting a pair of feet sticking out from under Mavis, a knot of

Posted in - France, 2014 Autumn, Giens Peninsula, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Carro via the Chain Ferry

On Sunday morning we set off early…12.30 pm…for the chain ferry at Bac de Barcarin. This is a vehicle ferry at the mouth of the Rhône which cuts out the 40 mile drive up to Arles then back again, if

Posted in - France, Carro

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