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Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Favorites

  • Customs - Coutumes

    Cannes Favorites

    The sound of water is said to be soothing and in Cannes the sound coming from the many fountains from a street planted fountain to hanging on a wall fountain, your admiring of and listening to the music each plays with the falling water, is one way to enjoy the sights of Cannes without spending a penny. Walking around Cannes is what it is all...

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  • Vieux Port

    Marseille Favorites

    Quite close to the old Port, I came across this beautiful old fashioned Carousel and Admission Box. I was really impressed that Carousels as beautiful as this one are still around. In Australia, they are a thing of the past, only modern ones operating now, and such a shame. The one at Marseille, was double story, and had many nice paintings inside...

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  • Palais des Papes

    Avignon Favorites

    This huge plaza in front of the Palais is usually teeming with people. It is a great place for lunch or a drink or snack and listen to music from various street entertainers. When we were there we heard a good musical group from the Andes (I don't know how they ended up here). The plaza was also used for huge crowds whenever they consecrated a new...

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  • Places to visit - Lieux

    Cannes Favorites

    The Cannes Film Festival / Festival de Cannes) is the world's most prestigious film festival. The 59th Festival will take place between May 17-28, 2006. The Award Ceremony will be held on Sunday May 28th !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wanna see celebrities? One sure-fire method is of course the red...

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  • Les calanques

    Marseille Favorites

    The Calanques are actually pretty bare, but if you look closer you will find the most interesting plants there. The sight of huge bushes of rosemary was awesome, and some of the plants were unknown to me - but thanks to VT member Jean Louis (JLBG) I can give you the exact names. First is the scientific name, second the French names(s) and third an...

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  • Life in the streets

    Avignon Favorites

    There was nothing better than taking an evening stroll after dinner through the Place de l'horloge. Nightime brings the people out an about and is a great people watching time. We enjoyed outr evening walks and enjoying some after dinner ice cream. The evening weather was considerably cooler which was a nice break from the daytime heat.

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  • History

    Cannes Favorites

    There has arrived to Cannes Prosper Merime. He was the general inspector on historical monuments. In some years he constructed his own summer residence on the coast. He achieved the construction of the 60-kilometer channel for maintenance of coast with water. In 1887 Cannes were visited by the queen of England Victoria, and since then celebrities...

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  • La Canebière

    Marseille Favorites

    I wasn't sure where to put this tip - hotels, warnings or where. My husband's USNavy ship was coming into Marseille, and I was meeting him there. We had met earlier in Valencia Spain, and I had taken a train from there to Grenada where I spent the night. Then I took the train back to Madrid, flew to Barcellona that night and took a train to...

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  • Pont St-Benezet

    Avignon Favorites

    The famous bridge at Avignon, the song that every French schoolchild knows and quite a few English ones who are learning French. Unfortunately, there was no one dancing when we visited, but it was extremely interesting to read about the history and the ceremonies and meetings that took place there over the centuries. Here are a few sites that...

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  • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

    Marseille Favorites

    One of the most famous buildings in the city is the Church of NOTRE DAME DE LA GARDE. It is on a high hill overlooking the southern side of the Vieux-Port in Marseilles. It's belfry is topped by a huge, gilded statue of the Virgin Mary. Built during 1853 to 1864, the church can be seen far out at sea and serves as a landmark for sailors. It is also...

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  • Near by Avignon

    Avignon Favorites

    I traveled to Avignon on an overnight train from Switzerlad. I was tired and pretty grubby when I arrived so took some time to browse around and settle in. I found avignon a wonderful base to visit some other towns in Provance. From there I easily visited Aix en Provence, Nantes, and Arles, all worth a day trip!

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  • Gare St-Charles

    Marseille Favorites

    With the advent of the Paris_Lyon_Marseille line in 1848, this ushered in the 'grande epoque' of Marseille with all its impressive hotels. Seen in countless films, notably in the filmed works of Marcel Pagnol, and always recognizable by the impressive steps going down to the Boulevard d'Athenes to connect it with the city centre. The project was...

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  • Festivals

    Avignon Favorites

    If you must have a reason to go to Avignon, then go to Festival d'Avignon in July. I have been there twice. Although in my second visit I almost didn't see any performances indoors -- theatre is all around you in the streets. I miss the nights -- the parties we had, the people we met, the wine, the moon, the river...

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  • Cours Julien

    Marseille Favorites

    Uphill away from the Gare St.Charles is the arty bohemian centre of Cours Julien. Don't be scared by the colourful graffiti and leftfield edge, this is a great place to come for some entertainment, theatrical or otherwise, or to get an old French BD, or a coffee and a crepe, or just to hang out. And you will love the views across Marseille from...

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  • City Walls

    Avignon Favorites

    Approaching Avignon, the first thing you see as you enter the city perimeters from the south are the walls and towers that seem to rise up from a country covered with olives. The exterior of these magnificent walls, begun by Innocent VI (1352-1362) and finished by Urban V (1362-1370). In the fourteenth century, there were seven gates, two others...

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  • Riviera Pass and transport ar Nice

    all your trains connections you can see schedule ,times, and prices herewww.voyages-sncf.comFrance SNCF official travel site. Just go to trains put the cities depart and arriver and off you go. You can do this yourself.bus schedules and prices there are found here ligneazurhttp://www.lignesdazur.com/ri/?rub_code=4as far as Riviera Pass, never use...

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  • Picasso and shopping in Antibes

    usually the largeer supermarkets are outside the city in shopping centers call Centre Commercial.here is the Casino chainhttp://www.supercasino.fr/-antibes-.htmlhere is Leclerchttp://www.e-leclerc.com/magasin/antibes/infospratiquesintermarché (see address on upper right)http://www.intermarche.com/magasin_accueil/masrantib-antibes-06600and...

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  • 2013 European Cultural Capital-Marseille

    well its coming fast and Marseille will get its worth fo notoriety well deserve; 2013 will be the year of European Cultural Capital for this really mediterranean city. Founded many old years ago by phonecians and then many others, it is now a melting pot of races.The renovations and constructions are going rather smoothly, amongst them the MuCEM...

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  • Lavander fields in the south from Nice

    a car is best way to travel, and good advice on Grasse for the perfums.However if want to see the fields of lavander need to go by car hereDieulefit and Valréas, all near the road autoroute A6, the region of Die,near the Alps east of Gap, and the region of the Gorges du Verdon,as well as the surroundings of Dignes les Bains. take a good map, and...

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  • Puget-Théniers Station Buffet

    The last time i went to see le train de Pignes a vapeur I drove from Port Grimaud to Puget-Théniers and was met with.................."action revendicative" a strike! But all was not lost as the guys in the engine shed were having lunch they let me climb all over her to my hearts content!! better still the chef at the station buffet at...

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  • visits and local shopping, PACA

    you have some good advice already, beautiful area, I go often on my business runs to Cannes. The connection are very good, especially to Nice.45 mins bus ride. With the car even better, check out for estimates viamichelin.com Gourdon is a good choice as the beforemention Grasse,and ile Ste Marguerite is lovely.French riviera for me is Cannes,then...

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  • tours in the park-Camargue

    great area and great time to visit. I do the car so a nice drive from Lourmarin. The French is ok, plenty there who will have patient with your French and have some English in addition. Do not know tours never take tours.All is well marked, roads and trails. Cant answer if too long, because we are use to walk a lot here. Maybe someone from abroad...

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  • contact harbormaster for info-Antibes

    the best that can answer the dock and depth is the Capitanerie there, or harbormaster. You have four ports in Antibes, Port Vauban (first pleasure boat harbor in Europe),Port de la Salis,Port du Crouton and Port Gallice.this is the capitanerie at port Vauban, they should help you even in Englishport@portvauban.net hope it helps sea beautiful sea,...

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  • Movie "RONIN" scenes-Nice et VsM

    good answers, the movie is a classic here too. It was shot in Paris too; the one under the tunnel at Champerret.then you have the "Bar Montmartre" used for the opening scenes is actually the Blue Sky Resturant on Rue des Trois Frères, Montmartre. And, the shooting scene at the harbor in Nice was done at the Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation...

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  • Based in Nice - ideas for what to see...

    Hi, the Rough guide to France has an incredible amount of excellent information on what to do and see around that area - especially if you are going for a wonderful 2 months!! and especially if you like driving and exploring special places out in the countryside! Definitely the beaches along the coast, up to lovely Eve and of course Menton, MOnaco...

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  • Al Fresco Dining

    Visiting and eating in the south of France, or many other countries for that matter, is all about dining outside! If you are renting a private villa, such as we did on our most recent trip, you will likely have the main dining table under an arbor covered with grape vines. If dining out, there are countless oppoitunities to eat outside -- whether...

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  • MUCH MORE TO VISIT!

    I've left out many towns and spots worth visiting... Arles, Cavaillon, Carpentras (the home of France's first synagogue), Orange (another Roman arena) and others. Hopefully, we'll return in '05 and I can enjoy Provence all over again.

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  • Who would have expected: a mediterranean...

    The climat along the Cote d'Azur is - OF COURSE - a mediterranean one. Mild winters and warm summers in combination with little wind (somewhat firther the "Mistral" haunts the coastline each year) and little rain. Still the flora gets enough water as the region is very green and also provides the ideal surroundings for citrus fruits. Especially...

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  • The "Corniches" ... spectacular coastal...

    Alnog the coast of the Cote d'Azur, the French roadbuilders have established an amazing work of art. They call it the "Corniches", the French regional word for a coastal road. Winidng around corners, but always sticking close to the sea, they run on various levels from town to town. Especially scenic are the three "Corniches" running from Nice...

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  • Cote d'Azur ... the French "Costa Brava"

    The coastline in the North-East of Spain along the Catalunia coast is called "Costa Brava", meaning the rough coast. This actually can also be said about the Cote' d'Azur as most of the coast is consisting of rocks and mountains dropping steep into the mediterranean sea. This makes the coastline visually amazing and with the many towns and villages...

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  • About waves and surf

    The mediterranean sea does not have a significant high and low waterlevel, but the waves can get quite powerful in some open bays and at the most outer tips of the capes. Wind is the main cause of waves on the sea, which doesn;t necessarily have to be wind present at the coast itself, but out in the open sea causes the commotion..

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  • Gravel beaches, well ... they're not bad...

    Sand is for those who travel with children, as they want to play with the sand and be able to go in the water without drawning. The most beaches along the Cote d'Azur are however gravel beaches variating from small stones to rounded rocks. Nice with it's - no doubt longest - beach of over seven kilometres is also a gravel beach, but here the city...

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  • the best beaches along the "Cote"

    As sandy beaches are belonging to an acception, there are only a few beaches that can be named "best" along the coast. First the mondain beach of Cannes, that is quite long and popular. Only a pitty that 95% of all space is taken by privat beaches, that also ask high entrance fees and close at 18:00 hours! Also parking belongs to the difficulties...

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  • Cote d'Azur, about capes, bays,...

    The Cote d'Azur is a stretch of coastline where the high Alpine mountains meet the Mediterranean sea. It stretches out over only a 80 kilometres between the Italian border and Frejus. the coastline itself is however a lot longer with numerous bays between rocky landmasses penetrating deep into the sea. The sea is deep, as the mountainous landscape...

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  • Antibes

    Antibes was a Greek fortified town named Antipolis in the 5th century BC, and later a Roman town, much like the history of Nice and Cannes. It’s now a beautiful town that attracts visitors from France as well foreigners. Below is listed a Website that tells about the Picasso Museum and other museums that we weren’t aware of when we visited...

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  • Walking the Promenade des Anglais

    Tourists have been walking along and enjoying Nice since the English arrived in 1730; In the 1800's the Promenade des Anglais was built, much like the Croisette Promenade in Cannes.In the 1900's tourists only came in the winter, but at the beginning of the 21st century they started visiting in the summer months. As for the inhabitants, whatever the...

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  • Cannes - Where are the Movie Stars?

    Cannes has been home to the film festival for 50 years and still attracts stars, starlets and groupies. Cannes is often referred to as Beverly Hills’ twin city. The sandy beaches, glitzy casinos, and beautiful people part of the city's attractions, but we didn't see one movie star):): A visit to Cannes is not complete without a stroll along the...

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  • Eze

    Eze is a medieval village perched like an eagles nest on a narrow rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean sea on the road to Monaco. This ancient fortified village is still topped with the ruins of a 12th-century fortified castle (torn down in 1706), sitting on a narrow rocky peak. The castle grounds host the well-known Jardin Exotique, and from...

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  • Monaco

    The state of Monaco is only half the size of New York’s Central Park, but in contrast to New York City, Monaco has no crime, no poverty, no unemployment, no pollution and no income tax. Despite astronomical land value, buildings are limited to 12 stories. Whatever is unbuilt is park or garden. There is no dirty air, so all the buildings sparkle in...

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  • the Mediterranean

    One direction you see mountains, the other the Mediterranean Sea. The blue waters seduce you, the smell of the air intoxicates. You are hooked. The Mediterranean is one of the most sought-after travel destinations, and with good reason. Beautiful coastline, superb and eclectic food, and that 'joie de vivre' that we want to bring home with us....

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  • the Alps

    The Alpes-Maritimes stretch from the sea near Cannes to Switzerland, running about 10 miles inland from the coast. It is such a varied landscape with the blue waters on one side and the snow-capped mountains on the other. When you visit villages inland, you have terrific views of the Alps, which are dotted with even more villages!

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  • blue blue blue

    Maybe you've seen pictures. Maybe you've heard stories. The Cote D'Azur, literally, the Blue Coast, had the most intense blues you will ever see. Turn one direction for soft, sun-dappled skies, turn the other for deep rich hues. It never stops changing, from the sky to the water. You stand there with your camera and think "This will never come...

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  • 10th stage: Gordes

    Check my page about Gordes to read what to see.

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  • 9th stage: Abbaye de Senanque

    Check my page about Gordes to read what to see.

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  • 8th stage: Camargue

    Check my page about Camargue to read what to see.

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