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 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.
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!
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.
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.
A good day spent in Vieux (Old) Lyon walking the streets once trod by Peter Valdo, founder of the Waldensian spiritual movement.
A great day of exploration with Jill. A bald eagle lofted above us in silence on a pine ridge over Oak Creek – remarkable.
Day 2 of Brian Paulson’s sabbatical with windy, chilly, crystal blue skies.