Avignon is one of the major artistic centres in France and it definitely has a very artsy bohemian kind of feel to it. We were there for the Avignon festival so street performers and leaflet flyers were out in full force advertising their operas, films or musical acts.
We then visited the very impressive 'Pont du Gard' once part of a 50km long aqua duct system still standing in all its glory after being built 19BC by the Romans
! Impressive! Unfortunately we were unable to stay in the carpark at Pont du Gard so we set off to try and find somewhere to park for the night. After driving for a few hours we were tired and decided to park at a truck stop on the motorway. At 2am I was woken by the crackling sound of our sun protectors on the front passenger side window. After realising it couldn't be the wind making it move that much I whispered to Josh to wake up. He saw someone's hand coming in the window with a torch and quickly whacked the window hard and started blaring our air horn. Luckily the intruder decided to leave, got in their car and drove off, only taking our window with them. They had cut the rubber seal with a knife and taken the window out. We searched around in the darkness for the window, but I was a little shaken up to be sticking around that spot, so we stuck some cardboard to the window and found a very well lit up service station to sleep for the rest of the night. The next day, Sunday, we went to eight different camping grounds trying to find somewhere to stay with no luck and four different police stations only to find out that police stations close on the day of the Sabbath. We were feeling quite miserable by this stage, after finally getting a police report we still had to try and call a windscreen repair company and neither of us can speak a word of French, so the task was going to be difficult. We had met a very friendly French couple when we parked our campervan next to theirs at a camping ground in Bratislava and they had said for us to give them a call when we were close to their house in Toulouse
. So we decided now was probably a good time to call them and ask for their help. They very kindly invited us to stay at their house, luckily they had a huge garden so Bruce could sleep safely in that and they booked us into a windscreen repairer for the next afternoon. Sometimes you meet people for a reason and I think this was definitely the case here. Our friends were so kind to us taking us on a guided tour of Toulouse so we could see the airbus factory as well as the new Qantas A380 - Carl you would have a field day here! They also took us out to a very posh French restaurant to sample foie gras, pidgeon and the local cheese's from this region. Hopefully we will be able to return the hospitality to our friends when they visit Australia someday.
After leaving Toulouse with our new window we headed off to explore Carcassonne and Foix a lovely town on our way through the Pyrenees.
Very excited to be driving along some coastline, particularly as it was the Cote D'Azur we headed across to Nice, the capital of the French Riviera. We headed straight to the beach to enjoy the warm weather and the warm waters of the ocean. The drive from Cannes around the coast to St Tropez was beautiful, as well as marvelling at the huge and luxurious house's and boats belonging to the rich and famous there were many rocky coves with emerald green water to enjoy.