Sometimes what we are looking for is in our own back yard.
A restful rainy day and good conversation with Deacons Paul and Antoinette Krieg, administrators of Casa Cares.
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.
Morning in the food markets of Bologna. Travel in our rented Fiat 500 across the Apennine mountain range. Glorious vistas culminating in our arrival at Waldensian retreat center, Casa Cares in Tuscany.
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.
A day by car through the Camargue, and Huguenot Languedoc. Lunch in Sauve. Visit to Mialet and other Huguenot landmarks.
Rainy day for reading, laundry, eating, photography, antiquity, and a visit to the hospital where Vincent Van Gogh recuperated.
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.
Morning snow on the vineyards. Midday worship at Taize after a visit to Cluny cloisters. Train to Geneva.
Arrived in a delightful bed and breakfast in Aze. Took a look around Taize to prepare for worship the next day.
Updated – A day driving into the drifts to find the grave of my family civil war veteran and homesteads of pioneer forbears before driving toward Elgin, Minnesota and passing through Norseland.