Photos Tour of southern France 2012

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Parked on the Quay at Avignon in France.

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Preparations for an early morning departure.

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Departure for Port Napolean, 07.58.

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Early morning light effects.

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Ready to follow by land.

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The large lock at Beaucaire Tarascon just north of Arles.

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The white dot in the distance is Roland's yacht Camira.

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Waiting for a large comercial boat to pass therough the lock travelling upstream

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Full lock

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exiting the lock.

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Acording to the harbour master in Avignon there was a mistral (wind) forecast, the only Mistral we saw that day was this one.

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Parking directly on the beach

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Not as nice as Australian beaches, but the best we have seen in Europe so far.

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Passing the last lock before the Med. at Port St Louis du Rhone

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Entering the Med for the first time.

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The skipper and crew in Port Napoleon

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A well earned beer!

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Roland's mate!

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Evening mood in Port Napoleon

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Roman Amphitheatre in Arles

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Detail of the amphitheatre.

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A very good restaurant we tried in Arles.

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Walking beside the river in Arles.

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Small boats in Arles. There was no other place to dock in Arles.

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Old church in Arles.

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Ready to step the mast in Port Napoleon.

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Back on the berth with the mast in place.

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Semi gimballed radome mounting.

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Deck entry for mast cables.

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Vincent van Van Gogh painting of an opening bridge near Arles

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The bridge today.

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The Abbey of mont Major

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Climbing the tower

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View from the tower

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Looking down on the original tombs.

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The Chateau des Baux, sketch of castle and village as it is today.

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Looking down over the village

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View of the beautiful surroundings.

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How the castle looked before it was destroyed by order of the king.

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The chapel today.

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Part of the village.

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Palace of the Popes in Avignon

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The old bridge at Avignon

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The Fountain of Vauclause

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The depth markers on the right hand side are to indicate the depth of the water in Spring.

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In October there was little water flowing.

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Castle on cliff beside the river.

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Old water wheel and boat.

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The River Sorgue just below the town.

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The Roman theatre in Orange

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How it used to be.

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How it is today.

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Visiting singer.

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Unfortunately there were too many visitors around for Elisabeth to try out the acoustics.

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This was a lucky parking spot. I only got it as I saw another motor home departing.

The front does not poke out far,

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and the back is over a segment of pavement.

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The arch of triumph in Orange. (Roman)

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View from the road on a drive up Mount Ventoux.

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Really great views.

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The Tour de France gous over here!

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Turn off to a ski resort

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The summit in view but still a bit to go.

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Moonscape like area East of the summit.

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Looking back down where we came from. The curve visibil below is wher the motor home was parked in the picture two above.

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The last part of the road up.

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The summit.

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Entering a winery.

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The cave we visited to taste and buy some wine.

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We travelled on national roads on the way home instead of the toll highways and the scenery was spectacular.

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Our last camp place before heading for home.

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View of the mountains from near our camp place.

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