After our arrival and after having traipsed all around the train station for ages, trying to find the left luggage office
Walking down the Seine, on the way to meet Amelia
St. Michel fountain statue
Like the perfect tourist I am; actually just trying to avoid getting a sunburn, as I forgot to put on sunscreen!
After our creperie meal with Amelia
dog in fountain!
Miles of rollerbladers
Matty, me and Amelia
St. Chapelle stained glass
Arc du Triomphe
looking tired and hot after a long day of walking around Paris w/ no sleep. yikes
Toulouse! after a hellish overnight train
Toulouse center square
sleeping in the park
old archives building that houses the tourist office
kids playing in the park!
Molly and our delicious goodies that we had for supper in our first night in Carcassonne: Prince cookies, Kinder buenos, petit pot, yogurt, cheese and sausisson with crackers!
Our cabin in Carcassonne
Our wonderful porch
Carcassonne- made up of the old, fortified Cite (portions which were built during Roman times) and the new Ville Basse. Inside the fortified Cite
At a restaurant in the Cite.
Molly and her crepe
Cassoulet- traditional southern France meal. Consists of white haricot beans and sausage, named after the dish it's cooked in.
fortified walls of Cite
Doing what I do best: reading the guidebook. it is quite useful!
Molly sad because I won't let her eat her ice cream until i take a picture
This is what we can see of the castle as we wait for the July 14th fireworks
...which were awesome!
Lunch in Lastours
(Agrum [citrus] Schweppes is delish!)
Lastour castle ruins
Chateaux of Lastours (the only way up is thru leg power!)
Three of four castles that make up the Lastours Chataux (we're in the 4th one), built in the 11th century
pretty, pretty town (commune) of Lastours
scenic view of the castles
Moving in day!
Amazing French countryside
the windy-est, twisty-est roads i've ever driven. I don't think i went out of 3rd gear once during the drive.
Things in fog!
Don't fall in! Gorges du Galamus. Skinnest, scariest road i've driven on. definitly only room for one car! drop-off on one side, cliff on the other.
That bit of red is a car...
the twisty, turn-y road on the way to Chateau Peyrepertuse
Ruined fortress and Cather castle, Peyrepertuse, built in the 11th century
view from the top- you can see the road snaking thru on the bottom of the picture
Enjoying the castle by finding out as much information as I can to inform my visit. Laugh if you want.
Pictures can almost capture the amazing view
surveying my land
on the steep path down
yes, funny haha, i like to read guidebooks. but how else are we supposed to know what we're looking at?!
Cloister in St-Tromphine
Taking a breather in Arles, which was established by the Greeks in the 6th century- full of Roman and Greek ruins. Also home to Van Gogh for a spell- he was inspired to paint Cafe Terrace by Night here.
Delicious pear hot chocolate
Quiche Lorraine and salad
Hotel in Arles
view from hotel room
Roman ruin excavations in Vaison-la-Romaine
Theater at Vaison-la-Romaine
Latrines! hehe, toilets are funny.
On the Cote-du-Rhone scenic tour
our cute little car! in Suzette
gah! how can it be SO beautiful?!
it just keeps getting better...
cool round point fountain
Driving up Mt-Ventoux, looking out over the Dentelles de Montmirail.
I would say this place couldn't exist, except i took this picture.
admiring the view
holy sh*t! climbing up the last leg of mt. Ventoux- that is a HUGE tour bus coming towards me! the combination of no trees to block the view of the drop and the strange sensation of the road tilting a bit made this one of the scariest drives I've done!
notice the lack of a guard rail! those afraid of heights need not apply.
after a terrifying drive, soothing lavender fields
view of mt-ventoux from Sault.
Mt-Ventoux is way in the background, with the towers.
Pont du Gard- built as part of the Roman aqueduct system
no mortar! just gravity to keep it all together.
Musee de la Lavande. Here we learned everything we could want to know about processing lavender.
using my audioguide like a good tourist
arena in Arles. Most of the Roman arenas have been converted for modern use, so they lose a little of their charm.
view of Arles from on the towers at the Arena
fountain in Aix-en-Provence, where we went to see Harry Potter!
a trail of ants at Les Baux-de-Provence
View of the olive trees and vineyards from Les-Baux-de-Provence
Les Baux (pronounced lay bow) fortress/castle ruins are built right into the rock face
Molly was a bad tourist
view of Les Baux ruins
view of Les Baux-de-Provence, the town
You can tell people have been walking up those stairs for centuries. Awesome.
the views that inspired Dante's description of Purgatory
Scenic overlook of Les Baux
even though it looks like Molly is giving me the finger, she's not.
fields of tournsol (sunflowers)
sunflowers and corn
just like iowa! except for the mountains.
On our way to Chamonix (the Alps).
view from the restaurant at our hotel
Goat cheese ravioli.
Rosemary lamb with chickpea sticks
Chocolate mousse with raspberries
Because the gondolas up to Aiguille du Midi/Mt-Blanc were closed because of high winds, we went on the cog train to see the Mer de Glace glacier
on the hike down to the glacier cave
entrance to the glacier cave
and now the hike back up
under all the dirt is the glacier
on the gondola back up
fog on the river
Servoz in fog
on our way up to Aiguille du Midi (peak next to Mt-Blanc, the highest point of the French Alps)
descending into the unknown!
on our way to Helbronner, in Italy.
see how those cables descend into nothing...
Mer de Glace glacier
We took the gondola for about 35 minutes and ended up in Italy!
In Italy, haha!
The mechanism that make it all work.
On the way back to France.
we can only hope the cable knows where it's going, b/c the fog is not helping!
Molly's in the fog!
View of Chamonix from Aiguille du Midi (next door to Mt-Blanc)
We are heading STRAIGHT down! gah!
Chamonix- didn't quite get the picture lined up, so i got a Dr. Seuss house there.
If you look closely, the boat is actually a car! no joke, it just drove off the ramp and into the water.
The water in the lake in Annecy is so clear you can see the neck of the swan rooting around on the bottom!
gobs of gelato- so delish.
Some of that delicious gelato
All of the food to go with the raclette
Molly can't wait to eat all. that. cheese. yum. (in the form of raclette)
The damage we inflected on that cheese.
Me looking stuffed.
Doesn't that look delicious?
how could you not want to eat that?
View from our hotel in Servoz (Alps)
Our hotel in the Alps
Bike tour in Strasbourg!
Traditional Alsatian ceramic stove
(Strasbourg is in the Alsace-Lorriane region)
Awesome Alsatian museum
love the tiny windows on the roof
I also like optical allusion on this roof.
inside a lock. not as exciting as it sounds.
on a boat tour, obviously.
Molly's potato pancakes w/ goat cheese
My baeckoff dish- a traditional Alsatian dish, where the women would make a meat, potato, and vegetable dish on Sunday morning, put it in a ceramic baking dish, and leave it in the cooling baker's oven during church, to eat for the Sunday meal!
Inside the baeckoff.
Strasbourg cathedral, before the sound and light show.
During the sound and light show.
Our Strasbourg hotel.
The "famous" astronomical clock, who's on-the-hour performance was quite underwhelming.
Tarte Flambee- thin, pizza like crust, with creme fraiche, bacon, and onions.
In Colmar (near Strasbourg)
Roti- grated potatoes, creme fraiche, pork, hollandaise sauce.
In Riquewihr, on the Route du Vin.
Des Moines Inn!
Vineyards all around
Heading in Eguisheim, on the Route du Vin.
Unfortunately, it was after this that the camera died!
delicious strawberry tarte
Fort at Verdun
A very creepy and eerie destroyed fort at Verdun, a site of a MAJOR World War I battle.
You can still see the craters in the ground from the bombs.
Mock-up of a WWI battlefield
Examples of injuries sustained
(for my museum friends)
Washing the car!
Reims cathedral (pronounced Rance)
In Champagne country. We didn't buy any champagne.
They must love Stephan Colbert in Reims!
They even named a street after him!
Reims is where the Germans surrendered after WWII. We tried to go the Surrender museum, but we got there just as it closed for lunch.
Vacuuming the car. Notice the damage inflicted by the wall when I tried to park. nasty business.
I think you know...
The lovely staircase to go up the Arc du Triomphe. Worth the pain.
View from the Arc (definitely my favorite view, right up there with Sacre Coeur view)
Love this view
Eating lunch in a ditch. we're classy like that.
Petit Trianon. Marie Antoinette's home for a spell.
We took a bike ride around the lake. It was a deceptively long ride. but we did it.
Love the fountains! Def worth the 8 Euros.
I didn't know they were putting modern art fountains at Versailles!
Washing my feet
before and after. i look like i have a disease.
Pizza. Like a tarte flambee, but with an egg.
(Spaghetti with egg, Parmesan cheese, bacon)
Look at the kids playing petanque! (normally associated with old, retired men)
Paris Plage (beach)!
Tuileries gardens, across from the Louvre, with a view of Place de la Concorde and the Arc du Triomphe.
Musee d'Orsay. Love this museum.
She's coming out of the stone!
The Thinker at Musee Rodin.
Rodin's Age of Bronze.
I love how they're emerging out of the stone
Our Paris hotel. That is a LOT of pattern going on there. Wasn't quite as overwhelming in real life!
Our tiny bathroom- you literally had to back up to sit on the toilet, no turning around possible!