A long train travel day from Arles to Milano via the Cote d’ Azure and many tunnels in Italy! Wonderful to arrive with friends from the Waldensian Church in Milano for dinner and gracious hospitality of the Mack family.
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.
Powerful day at Merindol, site where a village of Waldensians / Protestants, were sent through a faux door (looks like a window in the photo) to their death down a cliff. One of many villages that suffered for their conscience. Loumarin was also visited by Waldensians before the Reformation. Baux-de-Provence is .. well .. beaux.
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!
A day by car through the Camargue, and Huguenot Languedoc. Lunch in Sauve. Visit to Mialet and other Huguenot landmarks.
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!
A quiet Sunday in quiet Arles, France. River traffic outside our window, fish soup and mutton stew for lunch, joyous worship in the French Reformed Church of Arles with Pastor Cecile Badet-Plaa delivering a word on the Beatitudes.
Rainy day for reading, laundry, eating, photography, antiquity, and a visit to the hospital where Vincent Van Gogh recuperated.
Day trip to Aix-En-Provence and a wonderful meal at the “Philosopher’s Cafe”. Classic painted doors of Provence, wider boulevards, and an interesting museum with some Cezanne to fill out the day.
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.
We spent day acquainting ourselves with ancient Arles, our home away from home (top right corner of apartment facing the river). A wonderful city with charm and quiet.