Saturday, September 28, 2013

Around the village of Roussillon

Ochre cliffs

Roussillon was Europe's center for ochre pigment production until WW II. It has the world's largest deposit of ochre.

Pont Julien

The only surviving bridge on what was the main road from northern Italy to Provence; the primary route used by the Roman armies. The 2000 year old bridge was in service until 2005.

Attractive steeds

Friday, September 27, 2013

Palais des Papes, Avignon

The Palais des Papes is considered by some to be the most important medieval building in Europe.  Read more here.

Avignon wall

The Catholic Church bought Avignon in the 1300's. Over time their renovations included erecting a wall around the city.

St. Pierre, Avignon

These are the original chestnut doors that were carved in 1551

Local team

Evidently they play basketball in Avignon

French race cars

Going green

Protective covering

Sleeping dog

Maison Carree, Nemes

The most complete building from the Roman Empire. It was originally used as a temple.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fountain Garden, Nemes

Temple of Diana, Nemes

Lunch time in Nemes

Two French cuties on the street in Nemes


Nimes has the most original and complete amphitheater of the more than the 400 that the Romans built in their empire. To this day it is in use. It is currently undergoing restoration.

What up?

I am unable to come up with an explanation as to how Mary and two angels can stand idly by while a cat eats a child.....

Pont du Gard

You can't help but be impressed with the engineering accomplishments of the Romans'.  You wonder what evidence will exist of modern society 2000 years from now?  Read more about Pont_du_Gard.

Vector in the sand

Street warrior

This Citroen 2CV shows some scars from its life on the streets of Nimes, France

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Chateau ruins, Les Baux

Village of Les Baux

Les Baux

Olive groves and vineyards in Les Baux

Colorful spices

A spice vendor at an Arles street market displayed a colorful array of wares


Remnants of a Roman aqueduct that supplied Arles with water from the Alps.


Arles was an important Roman city and became a key stop on the road from Italy to Spain.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pont de L'Artuby

Listed as the second highest bridge in Europe.  Located in Gorges du Verdon.

Gorges du Verdon

The Grand Canyon of Verdon is viewed from an elevation of approximately 1000 meters. A narrow winding road on the rim includes several short tunnels.

Russian cathedral

Prior to the Russian Revolution the Empress had a property in Nice. She had her house torn down and donated the land. An Orthodox Cathedral was built for the 500 Russian families that wintered in Nice in the late 18th century.

All indications were that it was open every day. However, it is now closed on Mondays... the day we had chosen to visit.

Renovation project

This beautiful old building is undergoing renovation in Nice. The exterior details are in great shape, otherwise where would you find the craftsmen to do a reasonable restoration?

Monday, September 23, 2013


The Romans established the city of Cemenelum above Nice in the first century BC