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... leaving that they seemed to catchup just as our coach was leaving, a little late though. We then had a couple of hours drive to Avignon, the home of the papacy during the 13th century. As we arrived we saw the Pont d' Avignon, a bridge that fell down halfway across and was never rebuilt. We walked up to the top of Avignon and saw the papal palace, the church, and the papal finance building. We continued for another 70 metres and were set free to look around, shop and ...
... the last two years!! Stella has been driving Dad's sit on mower - her favourite past time, been horse riding on a lovely horse Called Cacaouette, gone wine tasting with her Uncle James (Mark's brother who lives in Brussells) starting young...luckily she didn't like the taste...but she did have a few goes at using the Spitoon, which I think was the highlight of the day for her!
we spent the whole day today ...
... Macedonia) actually got onto the minibus and took our passports, stamped them, and brought them back in a pile. We didn't even have to get off the bus!
Once we crossed into Macedonia, the scenery started to change. The snow disappeared and the houses switched from little stone cottages to cute little houses with red roofs. Also, the mountains got progressively more spectacular. I know this is particularly ignorant given we ...
... was due to leave - just enough time to spend the last of our Euros on some biscuits and snacks for the journey.
The train was exactly the same model as the one from Sofia to Thessaloniki - old, covered with graffiti on the outside, but comfortable inside with six seat compartments and adjustable heating. We shared our compartment with a young man from Spain who wove hair bands and bracelets the whole journey with dozens of bits of thread; it ...
... Turkish in origin.
A young fellow guided. He had more English than I realized. His family effectively was our hosts for the day in many respects.
Stone towers still exist here, a defence structure from olden days. We walked up to a park to see a couple of trees [which I did not get]. Crossing a bridge, most went for a loo break as we entered the Turkish part of town. It wasn't a particularly exciting start. It is hot.
The clock tower was built in ...