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Alba-la-Romaine

Friday, May 25th, 2012

After the drive from Avignon, we arrived to Montélimar where Nick, Dana, and I met a last-minute addition to our upcoming tour of the Ardèche: Sylvain, one of my roommates from the study abroad in Delft. After four years, conversation with Sylvain picked up where it left off, and I was quite happy to have him join for the Eurotrip.

While in Chile, the owner of Ko’kayak (the company that Greg, Tiff, and I went with for sea kayaking) referred me to the Ardèche when I said that some friends and I would be making a visit to France. So, we used his great advice and added the Ardèche as a destination for the Eurotrip.

On the way to La Musardière, the specific bed and breakfast that we were referred to for its friendly owners and idyllic location, we passed through a small, quaint town named Alba-la-Romaine. Exploring the small streets of the town and the impressive views it provided was a welcome surprise. Also surprising was the fact that the château on the hill was open this particular Sunday evening for a local artist’s exhibition and wine tasting. Recognizing the need for wine on a day that all shops are closed, Sylvain pulled some strings and got us in for an enjoyable visit to the château on the hill.

Bonjour from Paris!

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

I do love my œufs!

Avignon

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Arriving to Avignon via car was quite easy with the help of GPS, but once inside the medieval walls with tight, one-way streets that were randomly closed for a festival, it became a distraction. As such, we were left to navigate ourselves via cached iPhone Google Maps, and luckily we stumbled into a parking structure close to the Regina Hotel, the 11th hour accommodation that Nick and I found on Hostelworld the night before.

The helpful receptionist at the Regina Hotel pointed us to Ginette et Marcel, a local restaurant in a local area that was exactly what we were looking for (i.e., something off the beaten track). G&M served up tasty ‘tartines,’ which are open-faced sandwiches with delicious toppings such as goat cheese and honey, mushrooms and cheese, etc.

We took a nice walking tour of Avignon on Sunday morning, and the impending storm provided a backdrop for some high contrast photos. We returned to G&M for lunch as it started to rain and afterwards hopped in the car for the traffic jammed drive to the Ardèche…

Marseille

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Nick, Dana, and I said goodbye to Stefano early Saturday morning and caught a flight Marseille, France where we rented a car and GPS. First stop: Marseille’s seaport, Vieux Port, where we parked the car and decided to walk to the basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. Here we were rewarded with impressive views of Marseille, which is the second latest city in France after Paris. After a quick crêpe in the city center, we queued up Avignon in the GPS, our next stop on the tour of Southern France.

The Great Untold Adventures of Yesteryear

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Observant readers will remember a brief mention of Eurotrip III back towards the end of 2007, with no word since. (Sorry, things were busy.) Over the next few months I plan to remedy that and tell the tales about the trips that have taken place since then and that I haven’t had a chance to write about yet.

Included in this recap of past trips are Eurotrip III (Germany and Spain), a trip to Turkey (Istanbul and Ankara), a ski holiday in France, a road trip through the American West, and Eurotrip IV (Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Italy). Stay tuned!