Category France

Europe 2017 – The Legend of Jenny Manetta

August 24 – November 15 As promised (threatened?) in the last post, I’d like to talk a bit about Jenny Manetta, who we’ve referred to quite a few times while we recounted our month with the Greeks, and for those of you whose heads are spinning as I’ve time shifted major sections of the blog […]

Europe 2017 – Summary, Part Five

August 24 – November 15 The final country we’d spend time in is one we continue to find fascinating and wonder how we’ve let it slip past us during the course of our many visits to Europe.  This would be France.  Although we’d been to Paris many times when stopping in to see Francois and […]

Europe 2017 – Montpellier, Part Seven

November 8-11 We had a cup of coffee (a welcome change from the Nescafe packaged drink we bought each night at the market) in the breakfast room at Les Nevons before departing for Avignon and the train to Montpellier.  This all went smoothly, retracing our steps and the familiar sites taking much of the anxiety […]

Europe 2017 – Provence Part Six

November 2 – 7 Our last day in Provence would again focus on the countryside and small hill towns that dot the area.  Our first stop was the hilltop town of Gordes, the Luberon’s most impressively situated hill town.  In the 1960s this was a virtual ghost town of derelict buildings where locals led simple […]

Europe 2017 – Provence Part Five

November 2 – 7 We awoke the next morning having had a rough night’s sleep.  Something outside of our room made a loud banging noise, almost like metal on metal and the continual racket woke us without cease.  As we prepared to hit the road the next morning, we stopped at the front desk to […]

Europe 2017 – Provence Part Four

November 2 – 7 We had another full day ahead of us that Monday, so we didn’t waste much time in the morning, eating breakfast in the room, checking out of the Best Western and walking back to the Arles train station to ride up to Avignon and get the rental car from Hertz.  We […]

Europe 2017 – Provence Part Three

November 2 – 7 We left the Palace of the Popes and made our way, after a couple of stops to view places listed in the tour (Church of St. Pierre: The original walnut doors were carved in 1551, Place des Châtaignes: The cloister of St. Pierre, 15th-Century Building: With its original beamed eaves showing, […]