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Click for Photo Gallery of this Stage arwStage 4 » 22. - 28.August '11
flag FRCarpentras, (San Remo), Menton, Briancon & Annecy

flag FR s4-01 calendar 22.August [Monday] distance ~400 km click for map
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CAR north along Coast (?) click past Narbonne & Bezier, Montpelliere & Nimes click (~400km) to ......
arw Carpentras » Stay Extra Time 22. - 24.August
bed Hotel-du-Fiacre : 3 nights at € 489 + breakfast € 90 for 3 - free
153, Rue Vigne, Carpentras click GPS: N 44° 05'47" - E 5° 05'03" ph +33 (0)4 90 63 03 15
food a number of Restaurants in this area of the Provence sound very promising
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flag FR s4-03 calendar 25.August [Thursday] distance ~340 km click for map
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CARvia Aix-en-Provence & E85 above the Cote d'Azur cross into Italy (~100km) to ......
arw flag IT SanRemo » for Lunch at ...... click
foodLido La Fontana, Corso Imperatrice, 39 ph+39 (0)1 8453 2402 -
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distance ~30 km CAR coastal roads (SP1 - D62) click for map back into France flag FR to ......
arw Menton »
bed Hotel Aiglon : 1 night at € 277 + Breakfast € 28.50 for 3 + € 8 for Car Parking - free
7 Avenue De La Madone, Menton 06500 ph +33 (0)4 93 57 55 55

food we had a good seefood Dinner at this place 3 years ago:
    Elsa Plage, 1 Promenade du Soleil ph+33 (0)4 93 35 80 83
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flag FR s4-04 calendar 26.August [Friday] distance ~250 km click for map
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CAR further north in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur along the Italian border (~250km) to ......
arw Briancon »
bed Auberge Le Mont Prorel click : 1 night at € 105 + Breakfast € 21 for 3
5 Avenue Rene Froger, Briancon ph +33 (0)4 92 20 22 88
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flag FR s4-05 calendar 27.August [Saturday] distance 210 km click for map
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CAR further into the French Alps (210km) to ...... click
arw Annecy » Stay Extra Time 27. - 28.August weekend
bed Mercure Annecy Centre : 2 nights at € 294.00 - free
26 Rue Vaugelas, Annecy, 7400 ph +33 (0)4 50 45 59 80
NOTE: parking free 19:00-08:00 - cost applies during the day
food (?)
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calendar 22.August [Monday]
Dinner at Chez Serge ..... An excellent introduction to the local food of the Provence .....
If we would not have had lunch at Le Vivier the next day - this would have been the highlight of the experience we had hoped for in the Provence - which did not disapoint with any place we had a meal. Chez Serge is everything we had read about and ranks very highly among the top restaurants we have had the pleasure to eat at this year.
Entrees: Smoked Salmon & Terrine of Foie gras and pork with lentils
Mains: Salmon for Jim (as the Tuna steak and anchovy was not available that night); Lamb Provencal for Jacqui & an excellent Steak (medium rare) with the finest mashed potatoes (only the french can do it like this with what seems to be more butter than potatoes).
Jacqui and Hans had a Creme Brulee with some 'tart' berry base (Johannes berries) and some coffee (H tried to get some 'cafe anis' that he was introduced to at the Costa Brava - but it does not translate into French successfully)
Chez Serge - 90 rue Cottier, Carpentras - Mains $ 40 - 56
ph 04 90 63 21 24 - - restaurant @
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calendar 23.August [Tuesday]
After visiting the Markets at Caromb & Mormoiron we went for Lunch at Le Vivier in L’Isle sur la Sorgue ....
WHAT AN EXPERIENCE - anybody who enjoys good food must eat here ar least once in their life.
an Oyster with a "Aspargus Mouse" was served as a palet 'exciter' - followed by ....
Entree: 1 x Foie gras terrine (with a layer of smoked Eel) and a Fig Chutney & J & J had a selection of 6 entree "morsels" (Tapas style)
Main: 2 x Pigeon Pie with Foie gras & porcini mushroom (for H & J); & Veal Sweetbread, apricot & veal tongue spring roll for Jim
Desert: "Tout chocolat" Chocolate selection for Jacqui, a selection of Farmhouse Cheeses for Jim
& Carpaccio of mango with lime mousse, carrot au ginger for Hans.
J & J shared a bottle of a local Domain's white wine while Hans had a couple of cold Belgien "Valeir" Beers over the three hour experience of Excellent Cuisine, Ambience and Service provided by Patrick and Celine Fischaller and their team - at VERY GOOD value for money.
Le Vivier - 800 Cours Fernande Peyre, L’Isle sur la Sorgue (click for map) - Menu € 48 [others up to € 75]
ph +33 (0)4 90 38 52 80 - - info.levivier @
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calendar 24.August [Wednesday]
Lunch at L'Univers Restaurant in the center of Carpentras - Good honest French Cuisine:
Entree: Selection of Country meats for two; Pate de Foie with french toast & served with picante "chutney"
Salad Parisienne - Ham, Ementaler, Mushrooms et Cruitons on a Green Salad
Mains: 2 x Frogs Legs with wild rice and 1 x St Jacques with baby Carots and wild rice.
Jacqui had another Creme Brulee - this time with figs as a base.
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... and .... here we may write more (?) about our experiences in this section of this stage
[when / if we have the time]
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