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Nice to Cannes to Avignon - Southern France

sunny 20 °C

Today we woke up early - around 5.30am to avoid the heavy traffic in Nice. Nice is a nice place to visit but not really to stay. However, It was an experience we will not forget. Neal and I recommend staying at Avignon or Cannes if you are ever coming this way. We drove to Cannes to see what the Film Festival was all about. We found out that this festival is by invitation only and no tickets were available for sale and that just last week a lot of famous actors were in town such as Leonard De Caprio, Nicole kidman and Brad Pitt. They told us the place was invaded by lots and lots of people from all over the world. Thank goodness we were not there last week. I really don't like big crowds.

We had breakfast at a small cafe not far from the film festival in Cannes and it was a scream. We took a photo of my order. We looked at the menu and they were offering an "American" breakfast. It said it had chips, ham, cheese, cream cheese, salad, eggs, orange juice and coffee. When it came out, Neal and I were laughing, the chips were actual potato chips (dry plain potato chips straight from a packet!!!) Who has potato chips for breakfast??

We took photos of up and coming young actors. We took more photos of yachts surrounding the pretty city.

Then we headed off to Avignon. On the motorway we noticed "beware of deer" signs, not something we usually see in Australia and lots of mountains, lots of greenery, lots of vineyards and some fruit trees, cows and goats. The home styles seemed to change a little bit from Italy to France. In Italy the homes seem to be more square shape and in France the homes seem to have more shape to them. Both styles are beautiful. We also noticed from the motorway that both Italy and France have lots of castles spread out everywhere as well as lots of beautiful churches.

The motorway speed limit is 130km per hour.

Avignon is another lovely place. We found out that it is home to the Palace of the Pope. Tomorrow morning we go and visit inside the Palace of the Pope. Apparently this is where he used to live before going to Italy. From the outside it is amazing. There is a statue of Mary sitting way high up on the Palace which is painted gold. She really stands out.

The room we are staying at tonight in Avignon has a coffee machine in the bedroom. One of those insert capsule and push button ones. That is cool.

There are a few stations on TV that are in English, mainly British and American TV news such as BBC world news and CNN. There are some radio stations that play American/English music. There are some bookshops that sell some books in English but mainly this place is totally french, french, french.

Neal got a chance to taste black French beer. He enjoyed it very much. I don't drink much but the wines in Italy and France so far have been delicious.

Tomorrow we are off to Switzerland. We are about a 3 hour drive from the border.

Posted by ktime 13:58 Archived in France

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Hi Rosie & Neal,
Its been great reading all your blogs so far. Sounds like your having a great time visiting so many beautiful places. Can't wait to read and see more . Take Care

by Sina Violi

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