Polly’s trip to France

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Polly doll had a wonderful time on her first trip to France! She got up close and personal to a large face and was introduced to some delicious food.

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She saw a model of what the city of Marseille would have looked like in ancient Roman times.

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She loved the brightly painted doors and shutters…

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and even met some of her own kind.

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She took in the view from atop the village of Les Baux-de-Provence…

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and climbed sedimentary rock.

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She saw some amazing wild life.

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She saw the same places where Van Gogh lived in St. Remy…

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and took shelter under some mushrooms.

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In St. Remy she visited the Glanum archaeological site…

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and touched the ruins.

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She navigated the Canal du Midi…

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and walked around the medieval city of Carcassonne. It was a splendid journey!

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France (lock houses)

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During our visit to France, we spent a week navigating a barge along the Canal du Midi. There were were many locks to go through and each had a cute  lock house, all with signature red tile roofs, and green doors and shutters.

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The canal was beautiful, with tall plane trees arching over, creating a shaded waterway. Our excursion included 18 friends from home, 9 couples who were divided into 3 boats. The barges were like floating Winnebagos, with accommodations for sleeping, cooking and eating aboard. Like renting a camper, you are given a key and simple instructions and off you go! Some of us rode bikes along the side path, faster than the barges, which puttered along at 5 miles an hour.

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Each lock had a keeper who operated the lock, which in this case lowered us down.

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I was so taken with the charming lock houses! The canal took us to several towns and villages, which I’ll be showing in future posts.

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France (store fronts)

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We’re home from a wonderful trip to France, where we spent the first week gallivanting through Provence. Then, we piloted a rented barge along the Canal du Midi from just outside of Toulouse to Argens. Over the past couple of days, I’ve been culling through 1000+ photos, grouping them in my usual collections of windows, doors, streets, misc., etc. I thought I’d start the tour with the iconic images of French store fronts. I’ll be posting more photos over the next few weeks and will be sure to feature Polly’s adventures, too!

Des Baux-de-Provence, France

Des Baux-de-Provence, France

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Des Baux-de-Provence, France

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St Remy-de-Provence, France

Avignon, France

Avignon, France

Marseille, France

Marseille, France

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St. Remy-de-Provence, France

walk around Edgartown

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The island of Martha’s Vineyard is just a few miles off the coast of Woods Hole, but it seems far away, like a separate, insular territory. People are often surprised by its size, 30 miles long, with a half-dozen towns. We like to drive our motor boat over at least once a summer. This time we went to Edgartown, which usually has moorings available for a few hours and the added bonus of a public launch service that takes you to and from your boat in the harbor.

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Each town on the island has its own character, from pastoral to gritty. Edgartown is sort of upscale touristy, with lots of high-end shops and manicured properties. It’s pretty, but almost too well-kept up to feel real.  Edgartown5

We watched the car ferry make its way across the narrow channel to Chappaquiddick Island. Imagine having to travel this way every time you want to go to the main island.

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That’s Chappaquiddick, where the ferry docks on the other side.

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There are bicycles everywhere! Car traffic is bad, so traveling by bike is preferred. It was a beautiful day and we had a nice time before getting back to our boat and heading home across the water. I hope that you enjoy this little photo tour of our visit!

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Cuba: misc.

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I hope that you have enjoyed this tour of Cuba. These last photos didn’t really fit the categories in earlier posts, so they are a bit of a Caribbean flavored smorgasbord. The first two photos are of the view from our hotel balcony and the others were taken around Havana.

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Cuba: windows

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While traveling, windows are some of my favorite things to take pictures of. They offer an opening into another world that one can only imagine. This selection from Havana tell the story of a city that gives a glimpse of its former splendor, even in its decrepit state.

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Cuba: nature

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While in Cuba last March, we took bus trips out of Havana and had the opportunity to walk in the botanical gardens and in a mangrove forest. My husband Rob concentrated on photographing wildlife and I took pictures of trees.

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Rob took tons of pictures of this bird and got one good one.

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The botanical gardens…

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We were told that this snake was harmless.

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An agave plant. It’s good to see where the liquid sweetener comes from.

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The view from Ernest Hemingway’s house, overlooking Havana.

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