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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I'm going on holiday to the south of France in a couple of days' time. Looking forward to all that hot, sunny weather. Or I was.

Think again, girl, because the weather forecast is atrocious. 12C (55F), cloudy, raining, thunderstorms. I didn't know they got weather like that down there. Looks as though I'm about to find out.

So, having a major rethink on the packing front. I'm a minimalist packer, if flying I usually manage to take hand luggage, even when going for a week's holiday. This causes consternation at the hotels where I stay. They think I'm not quite respectable. Actually, they're right, I'm not but this is nothing to do with the amount I pack.

In fact I am going on the train, Eurostar to Lille from London, then changing on to the French train a grand vitesse (TGV) for the next four hours. I was sort of hoping for free wifi on the train but it doesn't look as though I'll get it, don't think the train will have it at all and if it does, not for oiks like me, only for the people in business class. Since I've never worked out the point of paying more than you have to (both ends of the train stop at the same stations, yes?) I'll be in second class with all the other thrifty people.

I love this train journey, I've been down to the south of France every year but one for the last 15 years, so I always look out for the landmarks. Once you get past Valence, you're into mountains and then you cross the Rhone for the first time and I actually get goosepimples when I see it. Just outside Avignon you get a glimpse of the pont du Gard, the Roman aqueduct. Then the train curves slowly round the outskirts of Marseille and on, along the coast, through all the lovely little towns by the sea. Sometimes it's a bit inland, sometimes it's close enough to see the sea.

Then when I arrive there's going to be a huge struggle between my Sparkness and my desire to eat everything off every menu: confit duck, cassoulet, carpaccio de boeuf, lamb this, that and t'other, guinea fowl, chocolate mousse, creme caramel, tarte tatin . . . ohhhh! On a sparkier note, I am aiming to do lots of walking, along beaches, in forests, etc and the fact that it's rained is good, because this is a dry area that suffers from forest fires in summer, so if it has rained, a lot of paths will be open to the public that would be shut if it were dryer.

I might be off-blog for a day or two, but I'm taking Laptop with me for the first time ever, so expect blogs with pix like this one:



Although the toes may be blue with cold if the weather does what the forecast says!
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GOOSIEMOON 10/19/2012 9:16PM

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EFFRAYECHILDE 10/4/2012 10:11AM

    Have fun :)

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LUKENEMISAUNT 10/4/2012 7:35AM

  Have fun!!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 10/3/2012 8:41PM

    Have a wonderful time!

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OKLAMEG1 10/2/2012 10:17PM

  Oh, my gosh! Am I ever jealous! This sounds like my ideal vacation. Do you go alone or with a group or someone? Am imagining that you speak French pretty well after 15 years. How exciting - I hope we hear from you when you return with all the details and that you have a wonderful trip!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 10/1/2012 2:15PM

    Have fun!


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FIREFLY_MEDIC 10/1/2012 12:42AM

    have fun

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VIMVIGOR 10/1/2012 12:02AM

  emoticon emoticon Have a great trip. Cheryl

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REENIE131 9/30/2012 8:40PM

    Have a great time!

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DRAK416 9/30/2012 12:27PM

  Enjoy your trip

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TEACHING1ST 9/30/2012 9:37AM

    Blue toes or not, I will be 'with you' as you have a great vacation! Vicarious experiences seem to be my new normal, lol. Have fun!

Mary

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OFGREENGABLES 9/30/2012 8:16AM

    have fun

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SLFGOLF 9/30/2012 1:00AM

    Enjoy, I'm sure you'll find plenty of things to do and get lots of walking in.

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LOLAJO54 9/29/2012 11:48PM

    enjoy
pack for all weather
do lots of walking to wear off the sauces ..lol.



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CAROL494 9/29/2012 11:37PM

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NESARIAN 9/29/2012 11:32PM

    Weather smeather, you'll be in France, honey! Who cares how warm it is? Really looking forward to your pics and blogs!

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AJB121299 9/29/2012 11:06PM

    enjoy

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EWL978 9/29/2012 7:47PM

    Looks like you're planning some well-deserved fun-time!! Enjoy, I'll be looking for your posts. Take lots of pictures!! emoticon

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MAMAKAWLIJA 9/29/2012 7:00PM

    have fun!!!

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ELSCO55 9/29/2012 6:04PM

    Hope you are having a great time.

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MAMA_CD 9/29/2012 5:46PM

    Sounds wonderful, we'll be vacationing with you via sparkpeople.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/29/2012 5:20PM

    Sounds wonderful

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IFEOMA4 9/29/2012 4:44PM

  have fun no matter the weather

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    Enjoy yourself. emoticon

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CTUPTON 9/29/2012 4:13PM

    Sounds delightful! Chris emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 9/29/2012 2:43PM

    Enjoy your trip, whatever the weather. What a cute photo, with the toes!

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KARRENLYNN 9/29/2012 2:39PM

    What a great trip to take, have a fantastic time! I wish I was there too because I've never been there.



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JUNEAU2010 9/29/2012 2:07PM

    I would love to see all that and taste all that! Have a great time!

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TASNIM81 9/29/2012 10:23AM

    Have a nice trip! emoticon

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KATHIC2 9/29/2012 9:23AM

  Love your stories, how you write, and your pictures!
Thanks and hope you have a great time!

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REGILIEH 9/29/2012 9:19AM

    ENJOY!!!

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BETSYBEACH 9/29/2012 7:14AM

    Have fun!

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BLOOMING52 9/29/2012 6:57AM

    Enjoy.

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JGRAY76 9/29/2012 6:24AM

    Sounds like fun, rain or no rain. Enjoy!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/29/2012 4:12AM

    Have fun dispite the weather. It's great having a change of scenery!

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ALDEBARANIAN 9/28/2012 9:30AM

    Sounds like a lovely trip. Have a great time. emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 9/28/2012 5:14AM

    Sounds fantastic!! Have a wonderful time!! Looking forward to blogs and photos!
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PURSUEJOY 9/28/2012 3:52AM

    Wonderful!! Have a lovely, lovely time! It sounds breath-taking! Absorb some of that fabulous French cuisine for those of us gazing longingly at you on your holiday. We'll be cheering for you wherever you are!! Cheers!
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Joy to your trip!!
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FRANCES-AGAPE 9/27/2012 11:14PM

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CC, YOU have such a delightfulf sense of humor !
My jaws are sore from grinning all through this blog

YES !!!!!!!! Quite a few of us are JEALOUS !!!
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But THRILLED for YOU !

Looking forward to LOTS of info
and pics on your return

Have a WONDERFUL, FUN, SAFE time

BLESSINGS!
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PCASEY7 9/27/2012 10:33PM

    Have a great trip - I'm jealous!

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CHRIS3874 9/27/2012 9:57PM

    Hope its nice for you .Although given a chance of the two (England or France) , I would have picked OLD BLIGHTY!!!

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L1ZB3TH354 9/27/2012 7:11PM

    Can't wait for you blog and pictures from this trip. Have an awesome time! emoticon emoticon

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TIZSLIM 9/27/2012 6:20PM

  Packing hah! I am the only woman in the history of the human race, who on one occasion, was packing to go on hols with a b/f who started adding clothes into my holdall!

I am also the only woman in the history of the human race, who likes chocolate occasionally, but can be bought a box of chocolates, and not eat them all before the chocolate starts going off!

Have a great time.

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DIANNEMT 9/27/2012 5:29PM

    Hope it's a wonderful trip and then memory!!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/27/2012 4:40PM

    Have a good trip. I am looking forward to your blogs with pictures. Probably the only way I will ever see France.

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