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I'm off to Provence tomorrow and

 
 
Mame
 
Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 06:23 pm
I think it's going to be a great va-cay. Lots of good sights, food, people... I will fill you in,
 
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 06:50 pm
@Mame,
Cripes! I need to know about this.
Take notes if you feel like it, please.

Otherwise I will pester you.
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 10:41 pm
@Mame,
Enjoy! Take pics and vids. and keep a journal if you're so inclined. Mainly just have a great time!
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hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 11:24 pm
@Mame,
Will be spending 3 weeks in Provence next year mostly in Uzes, but finishing up with 4 nights in Nice.

Only ever trained through it before, spending only a night in Nice and night in Montepellier (where we go on our canal boat to go up the Canal Du Midi).

Love to hear tell of your trip.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 01:37 am
Bon voyage. Enjoy.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 02:21 am
Bonnes vacances, un agréable séjour!
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Mame
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 07:30 am
Thank you all. Will post from France Smile
Mame
 
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Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2013 06:58 pm
@Mame,
Well, it hasn't been easy posting from here. Wifi is not always available! But if you love history, great people, good food, and a relaxed lifestyle, this is the place to come. We have been to one and/or two towns/cities per day, and we figure that so far we have walked 50 km...we have seen all that we could see, eaten different foods (bull steak, for example), and done all we could, day to day... What a thoroughly enjoyable trip!
Mame
 
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Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2013 07:06 pm
@Mame,
We have been to Nimes, Arles, Avignon, Saintes-Maries de la mer, aigues-mortes, tarascon, gaveson, eyragues, st. Andiol, les baux, pont du gard, st. Remy en Provence, la camargues,... And so much more. Saw so many chappelles, chateaux, galleries, bought so much chocolates, honey, wine, salt, rice, you name it ... What a fantastic trip. People are lovely, traffic is do-able, and the weather has been gorgeous.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2013 07:07 pm
@Mame,
Glad to hear from you.
So tell more, stop being nice, one way or another.
Mame
 
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Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2013 07:16 pm
@ossobuco,
What do you want to know? France is affordable. Gas is $$$ but everything else is reasonable, esp. The wine Smile
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2013 08:08 pm
@Mame,
What do I want to know?

What you enjoy.

Don't mean to be invasive.

I'm just jealous.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2013 08:12 pm
I wanted to see Europe, particularly France, before I die. Doesn't look likely. Hope you enjoyed it.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2013 11:17 pm
@Mame,
That always depends from where you look at it: gas is cheaper than here (you should use the stations at the supermarkets!)

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Sturgis
 
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Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2013 11:20 pm
@Mame,
So glad that you are having such a grand time and that the weather has also cooperated for you. Keep on enjoying!
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Wed 2 Oct, 2013 01:05 am
@Mame,
Sounds like a wonderful trip. We did a similar thing during the summer, although slightly northwest of Provence.
Rural France can really get rural sometimes. Have you managed to stay anywhere "exotic" during your travels?
Two places spring to mind from my holiday. The first was a small chateau near Macon, which drew us in with a hand painted sign on the road stating "B&B. Castle. Four Poster".
Naturally nosey, we found that it was a young English couple who had bought the dump at a very good price, and were doing it up a bit at a time.
We didn't get the four poster, as the couple's family was staying and so it was taken, but we spent the night in a brand new yurt, which we had to help kit out with cutlery and show them how to get the stove working.
Slept like a log.
In the morning I walked down to the boulangerie with the father in law, and discovered that we both went to the same school when we were kids, although he'd been there several years before me. Small world.
Ended up helping him train an old grapevine in througb a hole we'd made in a conservatory window, before cooking our own breakfast and departing.
The other place was a big old "belle epoque" house near Beaune that seemed to be the roosting place for every owl in middle France.
What with them and the honeymooning couple (either that or he was a viagra salesman) in the next room, we didn't get much kip.
Beaune is well worth a visit if you're in the neighbourhood. Wine wine and more wine.

Oh, and here's a Provence write up website that may help people locate your comings and goings, Mame.


www.provence-hideaway.com
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Mame
 
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Reply Thu 3 Oct, 2013 09:57 am
Thank you, Lordy. We stayed at one place the entire time as Beaucaire is central to all the places we wanted to see. We had an apartment for 300e a week... Good price. We spent the evening with the landlords last night... Good food, wine, conversations, Alex played the blues for them... We got to bed at 12:30 am. Left this morning to do a day in Marseilles....Walked around for a bit - there's a large Muslim community here so we went through their enormous market and I bought some of their breads ( flat and delicious) and came back. Alex is having a nap so I went out again for 1.5 hrs, walking all over. We figure we walked at least 4 km/ day, around towns, up and down stairs at chateau, fortresses, churches, monasteries, abbeys, etc.

We still have quite a lot of euros left so we are going to splurge on dinner tonight, if he ever wakes up, that is.

It has only rained one day here, and that was overnight ... We went to the abbaye st. Roman the next day and parts of the abbey were under water. We had been trying to get there for several days and were running out of time, so we took off our shoes, rolled up our pants and went barefoot. It was a real treat.
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Mame
 
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Reply Thu 3 Oct, 2013 09:57 am
Thank you, Lordy. We stayed at one place the entire time as Beaucaire is central to all the places we wanted to see. We had an apartment for 300e a week... Good price. We spent the evening with the landlords last night... Good food, wine, conversations, Alex played the blues for them... We got to bed at 12:30 am. Left this morning to do a day in Marseilles....Walked around for a bit - there's a large Muslim community here so we went through their enormous market and I bought some of their breads ( flat and delicious) and came back. Alex is having a nap so I went out again for 1.5 hrs, walking all over. We figure we walked at least 4 km/ day, around towns, up and down stairs at chateau, fortresses, churches, monasteries, abbeys, etc.

We still have quite a lot of euros left so we are going to splurge on dinner tonight, if he ever wakes up, that is.

It has only rained one day here, and that was overnight ... We went to the abbaye st. Roman the next day and parts of the abbey were under water. We had been trying to get there for several days and were running out of time, so we took off our shoes, rolled up our pants and went barefoot. It was a real treat.
Mame
 
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Reply Thu 3 Oct, 2013 10:05 am
The people have been nothing short of fantastic...friendly, helpful, suffering my terrible French with good spirit, speaking English if they can... The scenery is generally pastoral, with oodles of vineyards and olive groves...the towns all medieval with their own special saints. Crooked streets, lots of patisseries, beaucoup de Muslims ...as I may have said, I bought honey, olive oil, tea, beaucoup de chocolates for friends, etc...all consumables....oh, and real Parmesan cheese blocks at a fraction of the cost in Canada...I probably should have bought more.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 3 Oct, 2013 10:28 am
@Mame,
Salivating just reading this. Picturing you two wading at the abbey.. wonderful.
<always hoped to get to Marseilles..>
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