A walk through Avignon

Sometimes I wish the South of France was less crowded with tourists.  Which is not the best thing to say, as I am one myself.  Okay, not really.  There must be some difference between a traveller and a tourist, as I see myself as a traveller wanting to experience the essence of my destination rather than snapping pictures of big sights only to say that I was there.  This is why I love walking, wandering and exploring my destination on foot.  Avignon’s old town, in Provence, makes for a lovely walk to see the city’s rustic beauty at a slow pace.
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Travel at a slow pace in the border town of Perpignan

Have you ever heard of the French town of Perpignan?  Well, I haven’t.  When the lady I took French conversation from mentioned it in one of our Friday afternoon sessions I was intrigued.  She even suggested that I go there if I’m in the area.  So that I did.  En route from Barcelona to Provence, I spent a day and two nights in Perpignan.

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What about Nice? A city on its own

The first thing you’ll hear about Nice, the fifth biggest city in France, is its blue waters and famous pebble beaches.  The capital of the Côte d’Azur is unlike any of the other big French cities.  It’s glitzy but not quite like Paris, it’s a port city but not quite like Marseille, a resort town but not quite like St. Tropez…

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Exploring a hilltop village in France

A hilltop village on the edge of the French Riviera and the Alpes Maritimes, fortified since medieval times and presently boasting with an art collection within its narrow streets to make you weep.  The hilltop village of St. Paul de Vence is the perfect escape for a busy mind.

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Three memorable Mediterranean seafood dishes

I am a lover of all things ocean-like.  Beaches, rolling waves and generous helpings of little gems from the ocean on my dinner plate.  Seafood, simply and deliciously cooked, is one of my favorite culinary pleasures.  During my travels in Europe I’ve had some good food, bad food, expensive food, supermarket food, street food and simple Mediterranean food.  There are three dishes that pops into my head first, when someone asks me what dishes I’ve loved most from my travels.  Coincidentally, they’re all from the ocean.

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