France (misc.)

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Toc, toc, qui est la? It seems fitting to start this post with an inviting door knocker, which we saw many examples of around France. Here’s the last selection of miscellaneous photographs I took last fall during our trip to Provence and along the Canal du Midi. There are doors, gates, grape vines, mermaids and vegetable gardens that somehow touched my fancy. I’ve enjoyed bringing you along on this visit to beautiful France!

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Castlenaudary, France

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Marseille, France

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France (buildings)

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I’m still organizing pictures from our trip to France last fall. Here I am, taking photos of the many picturesque buildings we saw in Provence and in the towns and villages along the Canal du Midi.

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Castelnaudary, France

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Avignon, France

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Villesequelande, France

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Villesequelande, France

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Avignon, France

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Millepetit, France

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Castelnaudary, France

Bram, France

Bram, France

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Toulouse, France

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Bram, France

France (landscapes)

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Let’s go back to our October ’14 trip to France–this time to show landscapes, from coastal Marseille to the ancient walled city of Carcassonne to pastoral scenery along the Canal du Midi.

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Marseille, France

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Marseille, France

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Bram, France

 

Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne, France

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les Baux-du-Provence, France

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les Baux-du-Provence, France

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Carcassonne, France

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Bram, france

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France (Vincent Van Gogh’s St. Rémy)

th0VVQZFSAWhile in France this October, we visited St. Rémy-de-Provence. We walked a mile or so out of town to St. Paul-de-Mausole, the asylum where Vincent Van Gogh spent the last year of his life (1889-1890).

We walked past olive trees, fields and tall cypress trees, taking in the same landscape that inspired Van Gogh’s paintings during this period.

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The building and cloistered garden at St. Paul-de-Mausole were lovely and peaceful.

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This is Van Gogh’s room…

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where he had a view of the garden outside. Being there, I felt a connection to the artist and his calm refuge.

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France (Marseille streets)

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One evening, before the restaurants opened, we wandered around Marseille in the Le Panier section of the city. The streets were alive with families playing and socializing before heading inside for the evening. This city is gritty and real, but has an appealing esthetic quality. I loved the pastel shades of the houses and window stutters. Every narrow street had a story to tell.

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France (Canal du Midi)

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Last month, my husband Rob and I went on a barge trip along the Canal du Midi in France. We were part of a group of 18 friends who rented 3 barges for a week. Rob put together photographs he and I took, along with videos of the trip. He made the film for our barge friends, but I really like the way it came out, so I thought I’d share it with the rest of the world.

Canal du Midi

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