A visit to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican museum to boot. Walk around the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Our last full day in Europe.
Arrival in Rome and some time with the faithful on the sabbath day in St. Peter’s basilica. A pleasant stroll through Rome seeing familiar sights along with weekend romans enjoying the weather.
Overcast weather for a day trip into Florence. Walking past famous and familiar sights plus a visit to the Accademia (no lines for same day visitors!) where we were practically alone viewing the David by Michelangelo (no photos allowed).
A day of travel through the wine country of Tuscany on our way to Sienna. Saw Sienna’s striking colors and contrasts on a day with clouds skittering through the air. Finished the day at San Gimignano as the skies covered over with grey and the towers stood mute.
A restful day at Waldensian retreat center, Casa Cares, and short day trip to Greve-in-Chianti. Greve was largely shuttered up! (A down season for tourists). The olive grove and the sunset were life-giving.
Wonderful worship at the Waldensian Church in Milan followed by a stroll around the city. The sanctuary was beautifully renovated … but I forgot to take photos! It was a “no car” day in the city so everyone was out strolling or on bikes (no cars to hop around!).
Final full day in Arles. A wonderful home in Southern France. A sunny day to watch divers recover an ancient Roman ship from the river and visit the arena, theater, and a few Van Gogh sites.
Train delays kept us home in Arles for a windy day of “Le Mistral”. Yet it was a great market day and chance to peruse all the local shops and fare. – Concerned for all our friends in the Chicago blizzard!
Glorious day in Nice, France, of clouds bursting sun, walk on the promenade, Chagall museum and a ride along the Côte d’Azur by rail. – New Chagall and Coastline Photos!
Rainy day for reading, laundry, eating, photography, antiquity, and a visit to the hospital where Vincent Van Gogh recuperated.
Wonderful day of travel to Nimes, at the heart of Languedoc with Protestants at 17% of the population and a long history of the faith – and bullfights! Also, the source of denim (de Nimes) for Levi Strauss and his blue jeans bonanza.
Visited palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. Magnificent views and stunning waste of wealth. Came home to twilight at the place where Van Gogh painted “Starry Night” – a view of our riverside home.