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Visiting Provence

Provence is a feast for the senses. Where else do you come upon cheese spreads, wine tastings, and the scent of lavender at every turn? Matisse, Van Gogh, and Picasso all found inspiration in this sleepy part of southern France, where you just can’t help but relax amid the olive groves. Meander through a market; enjoy long, boozy lunches; or simply listen to the buzz of cicadas.... Read More Provence is a feast for the senses. Where else do you come upon cheese spreads, wine tastings, and the scent of lavender at every turn? Matisse, Van Gogh, and Picasso all found inspiration in this sleepy part of southern France, where you just can’t help but relax amid the olive groves. Meander through a market; enjoy long, boozy lunches; or simply listen to the buzz of cicadas.    Close

Stories and Tips Provence

Rainy Run

Written by TianjinPaul on 01 Oct, 2013

When I began thinking about this journal entry, my mind was moving towards focusing on a couple of central areas. The first was the magnificent effect that rain can have on the tourists that come to Nice. The majority of those coming to the South…Read More


A Shady Afternoon in Golfe Juan

Written by TianjinPaul on 08 Aug, 2013

I feel the need to begin this journal with a degree of self-analysis. I have to admit that I was in a rather frenzied state for my trip to Golfe Juan. My girlfriend’s family had come to stay with us in Nice and her hyperactive…Read More


Le Tour Comes to Town

Written by TianjinPaul on 27 Jul, 2013

The Tour de France arrived in Nice at one of the least opportune moments in the history of competitive cycling. Lance Armstrong had rocked the sporting world by admitting to taking performance enhancing drugs and that bombshell was quickly followed by other famous top performers…Read More


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Enjoying Villefranche

Written by TianjinPaul on 31 Mar, 2012

This story actually begins in my office. My company was looking for a new manager to take charge of one of our offices on the Cote d’Azur. I conducted telephone interviews with a candidate in Ireland to whom we decided to offer the job. To…Read More


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Following Keith

Written by TianjinPaul on 17 Mar, 2012

Earlier this year, I read the truly fantastic 'Life', the autobiography of Keith Richards. It was a magnificently entertaining read full of rock and roll hijinks and some wonderful sentiment. No-one could fail to find the anecdotes of the early days of the Stones anything…Read More


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Through the Railings

Written by TianjinPaul on 17 Mar, 2012

St Jean Cap Ferrat is a wonderful part of the world. It blends a magnificent coastline with some beautiful architecture. On a pleasant afternoon, there are few places that are better to visit. The majority of tourists head to the very edge of the peninsula…Read More


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Excursions from a River Cruise in Provence

Written by Cantin2 on 29 Nov, 2008

Many folks cruise to get a "taste" of a new area. It's amazing to do this by river cruising.....a floating hotel with excursions included in the price. Ships are small since they have to fit through locks or under bridges and usually carry fewer passengers…Read More


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Lyon by Night

Written by Cantin2 on 27 May, 2007

We've been sailing up the Saone River for two days - now we're back in Lyon where we boarded the ship. On embarkation day we were too exhausted to see much of Lyon, now it's time to "do it right". Today we had a three…Read More


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Tour de France

Written by haslo04 on 16 Jan, 2007

Tour de France is incredible. I have long wanted to experience the Tour and think it is the best thing about summer in France. Our whole trip was timed so we can see the race in the Pyrenees, which arguably contain the most exciting stages…Read More


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A Detour Gone Awry

Written by jim on 14 Oct, 2003

Cross-Mountain Trip from Winery We were in a little bit of a hurry when we left Domain Marchon, so it seemed like a good idea to take the dirt road when we saw the wooden sign to Suzette. At first it seemed like a stroke…Read More


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