France 2016 – Avignon

Moved on to Avignon from Arles.    Did the walking tour w/the guide and a whole group    After the tour, went back to the ship and had lunch.   After lunch we walked back in to the old quarter.  Nan did a bunch of shopping.   Ship headed out for Viviers.   Back to the ship for dinner and watched a movie.    Couldn’t sleep again.  Up at 2a and 4a.

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France 2016 – Arles/Avignon

Didn’t sleep well last night.   Nodded early and then was up pretty much all night.  Ship left Avignon at around 4am.   Finally fell asleep and woke up at 7:50am.  Went down for the full breakfast in the restaurant.  Sat with the Playa Vista couple that we met last night (Don & ? )   Nice breakfast.   Finished about 8:50a after the “announcement” for the muster for the morning tour.  Decided that we weren’t up for the “Included” tour that left at 9a.   Hung in the room.  Nan showered.  I left an extension cord at the desk to try to have the engineers cut the polarized prong.   (Should have brought ground lifter)  Bathroom has a 110/220 outlet but the 110v is non-polarized.   Can’t use it for Waterpik.   Viking staff got the edge filed down and I was able to use it.    Did the Torascana castle during he morning.  Then lunch on board and took the 2pm shuttle to Arles in the afternoon. Wandered and shopped until 4:45p and then walked back to the bus.   Got there early (Nan was pissed, could have shopped more!) and shuttled back to the boat.   Had the greeting at 6:30p and briefing at 6:45.   Had dinner with Duli and Marlene (San Diego girls) as we went through the lock on the way back to Avignon.  Pulled in around 10p.  Nan and I did a walk on the track on the top deck, then crashed for the night.   Still up and down.  Not sleeping too well.

 

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France 2016 – Arrival

We’ll we made it through the travel day/night.    Picked up by Gary (one of Tommy Richards at Paragon’s Owner/Op) and dropped at LAX by 1:30p for the 3:30p flight.   A bit iffy at check in.   Too many people at First & club world.   Got up to the One World lounge and got Nan some tea, as she still isn’t feeling well.  Boarded the A340 to LHR and were in the same seats as the Italy last time.  Pleasant flight and crew.   The seats make for a nice mini-suite and Nan did sleep for a bit on the way, although she is still quite sick.   Landed at LHR and had the usual shuffle only this time it included the tram ride and then a bus over to terminal 3 to clear security.   Went to the OneWorld lounge.  Decent shopping in that terminal.   Boarded the A320 single class Marsailles.   They don’t sell the middle seat and call it business class.   Landed and was met by Viking Rep.  Us and 20 other people boarded the bus for a 17 minute bus ride to the Avignon landing to board the boat.   Got there at 6:00 pm, just as they were doing the safety briefing so we had to wait for the crew to finish before we could board.   Everyone is very personable and friendly on board.  Went to the briefing in the lounge about the ship in general and the day ahead.   Back to the room and settled and then off to dinner.   Joined another couple and 2 ladies.   Ladies Duli and her friend from San Diego and Older Asian man and his wife from Playa Vista.    Called it a night after dinner.

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France 2016 – Travel Day

Well it’s travel day today!  Unfortunately Nan is still trying to get over this stubborn cold that’s been hanging on for days now.   Talked for a bit this morning about whether to pull the cord on the “Cancel for any reason” offer.   That would require us to notify Viking before we left but would allow us to reschedule (less airfare charges) at a future date within a year.   Nan’s going to eat some breakfast and have a shower and we’ll decide.

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