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.
A good day spent in Vieux (Old) Lyon walking the streets once trod by Peter Valdo, founder of the Waldensian spiritual movement.
Worship in Geneva with Setri and his family, a visit to the World Council of Churches building and the World Communion of Reformed Churches headquarters before a train to Lyon.
Good day touring Geneva, the museum on the history of the reformation, St. Pierre church and countless other Calvin legacies, finished with Setri and Akpene Nyomi for a delightful dinner together.
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.
Good day walking around Paris, seeing old friend Scott Herr, Pastor of the American Church. Thoroughly battered feet by day’s end!
Arrived in Paris and shook off jetlag with a walk to the memorial to Jill’s Great Uncle Volney Wilson and other american flyers who joined the Lafayette Escadrille in WWI. Then we walked through the city of light before settling in for our first night in Europe.
Intercontinental travel on a snowy day in Chicago leaving for Paris.
A day of returning the college students to their dormitories. Fond farewells.