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Travelling West

We drove up to see the Pont du Gard which is a Roman bridge come aqueduct, just 2000 years old. The modern additions were done by Napoleon - still older than any modern construction in Australia. 
Then to Arle where there were equally ancient Roman constructions including a coliseum. We mainly went there to see where Vincent van Gogh did his best work. The famous cafe he painted is sadly a bit twee and touristy, but it was good to imagine him being there. Also saw the part of the river where he did the starry night paintings.
Our night in Narbonne was lovely. Stayed at Domaine de Saint Domingue (google it) a beautiful country villa- very grand, very relaxing between days of driving. Another place we wished we could stay longer. Really enjoying summer treats early - fruit salad breakfast - fresh pears, nectarines, grapes, fresh squeezed orange juice, raspberries, strawberries, the list goes on.
Today we drive to Andorra. Should be interesting as this is usually a winter destination for skiing. Got our first sight of the Pyrenees, imagined Mark and Denise walking over it and immediately felt very tired.
On Saturday we pick up the boat for our canal trip so wifi will definitely be over then. Will be looking forward to the journey, but will miss the contact with kidlies.

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French Riviera

Drove the coast from Cannes to St Tropez, absolutely gorgeous scenery. St Tropez didn't excite me too much - it didn't live up to it's reputation in my humble opinion. Then along to Cassis, which was raved about by Jenni and Graham, and was as beautiful as they said. Lots of boats, huge cliffs and pretty beach. Watched the sport of jousting off the back of small boats. We've never seen that before; they were really getting into it.
Drove to Aix en Provence where we are staying for 3 nights. The hotel, also recommended by J and G, is Art Deco, and is a splendid example. Today we have been to Marseilles for lunch. The first day since London that is cooler than 25 degrees, and even a bit of rain. The Angels "Take me Away to Marseille" has been on my  pip all week. Time for a new tune.
Jim has been an excellent driver. I have gotten used to sitting in the driver's seat with no steering wheel. The GPS has been a great purchase and we've taken very few wrong turns. Jim is not at all shy about driving up the tiny streets of the old towns; he's actually enjoying it. 

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Photos

Finally

Today we have finally uploaded a few photos. Out of about a thousand that we've taken so far, we've managed to upload 8. You'll find them in the photo gallery. It's hard to find computer that will do it and then it takes ages.

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Mougins

The most gorgeous village in the wirld

Mougins is an ancient village perched on the top of a hill behind Cannes. Cars are left behind so you can wander up the narrow streets to the cafes and numerous galleries. Our apartment is in the very middle and at the highest point of the village. Recently renovated and with a roof top balcony, it is a beautiful spot.

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Brontë's birthday

On the other side of the world

Last night we had a skype session with Brontë and Lucy, which was morning, Hobart time. Lucy gave Brontë the pressies we had for her, and she also put a cake together. It was quite fun to have an across the world connection, but sad to miss her birthday. I imagine she coped.

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