Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

…. first, Happy Today which is 8 11 18, unusual in that it reads forwards, backwards and UPSIDE DOWN as well.  How cool is that?

And talking of cool, we can be heading north to Scandinavia from the end of June, (more…)

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Marseille Airport is currently on the list of places targeted.

© Claude Almodovar

Activists dubbed ‘gilets jaunes’ will be turning out to block roads and autoroutes across France on 17th November to protest about rising fuel prices.

This website has a map of the places which will be affected – there are also links for relevant Facebook groups.  https://www.blocage17novembre.com/

On the list locally: (more…)

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Yes more ‘travaux’!

Work started this week on a new 700m sliproad that will enable traffic coming down the Montée d’Avignon, A51, (from Celony or Venelles), turn right on to the A8 and head for Lyon.  At present, they either have to go through Jas de Bouffan, or join the A8 heading east and manoeuvre around Pont de l’Arc to join the A8 westbound.  3700 vehicles a day pass through Jas.

The new sliproad is scheduled to be finished by 2020 at a cost of 13,8 million euros. It will involve constructing two bridges – one across a road, the other over a railway line, see diagram above.

Clearly something similar is needed in the opposite direction, to take motorists from the A8 to the A51 but this second phase is more complex, both in terms of the environment it will pass through but also in that a fly-over will be necessary.  A public enquiry will be held next year with an aim of delivery in 2025.  Costs are thought to be over 50 million euros.

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Ryanair have just announced the following new destinations from MP Airport: (more…)

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Visiting Porquerolles

Porquerolles is the largest of the 3 Iles d’Or (Islands of Gold), easily accessible from the coast. We did the short (20 min) crossing from La Tour Fondu, near Hyeres, roughly a 90 minute drive from Aix, depending on traffic.

Plage Notre-Dame, one of Europe’s top beaches

I hadn’t visited Porquerolles for many years and was surprised at the changes to the sleepy place I remember.  (more…)

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So here it is, the new Aixpress bus.


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The number of destinations and frequency of flights from Marseille Provence Airport as we move into the holiday season has increased.


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