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Provence-Alpes-Cotes D'Azur [ Part One ]

Day One

Arrived at the villa in Maillane on Saturday evening after a flight to Avignon and a taxi ride. Had a relaxing Sunday around the pool with the family - high thirties weather wise :)

Day Two

A walk into the small centre of Maillane for a few coffees in a local bar and a chance to scribble the picturesque heart of the commune adjacent to the local square

Day Three

A visit in the morning to the historic city of Arles, 20 km to the south. The centrepiece of the city is a Roman Amphitheatre set close to the river Rhone and is also has connections to Van Gough who lived there for over ten years and produced over 300 paintings during that period.

Day Four

A day looking round Avignon - for several decades in the 14th century it was the capital of Christendom, after Pope Clement V moved his court here to avoid the chaos in Rome. The legacy of this can be seen still in the city’s Unesco-protected architecture, including the vast Palais des Papes. 

Day Five Caught the train from Avignon to Marseille last night. There is something incredibly exciting about approaching a city you haven't been to previously - a real sense of anticipation. I'm staying next to the Vieux Port - a real centre piece of the city and I had to sketch this first today. 

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