Photos of France

Saturday, September 30, 2006 by Michelle

To say that our three-week trip to France was well-documented would be using understatement. I took 13.5 rolls of film, restraining myself in the last week (regrettably) by only taking 1/2 a roll while on the coast. I have a sample of 44 photos on my Yahoo photos site, although it doesn’t yet have the coastal photos up because those are still in my camera (oh, the suspense!). Sorry, but Yahoo photos has been closed, so no photos. Email me if you want to see some.

You’ll notice there are numerous photos of architecture; the ancient ruins and buildings were awe-inspiring. Of course there was the art too, but we couldn’t photograph any paintings (light from the flash is bad for paintings); I did take pictures of some of the amazing sculpture and artifacts though. The most colourful event we went to was the Uzes market – it was beautiful and felt very much like community, even to us outsiders. We went to a bull fight in Arles, but were mistaken that they don’t kill the bull (it was horrid); that being said, to be in an ancient Roman colosseum when it was packed with people during an event, with the orchestra pounding out music, was magical (until they started to kill the bull, that is).

Between the natural wonders (La Gorge D’Ardeche, Orgnac L’Aven, the beach at Moliets), the astounding buildings (La Tour Eiffel, the colosseum in Arles, the theatre in Orange, the Louvre, Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseilles, etc.), the art (the Louvre and Musee D’Orsay) and the amazing food, we were overwhelmed with the beauty of France. And the people we met were delightful.

If you ever want to travel in Provence and need a place to stay, go to Gaietefleur in the little town of Saint Jean de Maruéjols outside of Barjac. We spent a week there and had a delightful stay.

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