Travel


We stayed in a small village not far from Lyon or from the after wedding party. Actually, we stayed in two places. The first place messed up our reservation so we had to find a second place. They were close together but, still, a pain to have to pack up and move.

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We were Beaujolais country, wine country, but it is considered an inferior wine by the French who know wine. I never had any and have only had Beaujolais Nouveau, a really young wine so I don’t know enough to have an opinion. I really liked the hills covered in vineyards.

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I liked the colors and character of this village building.

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This being June, roses were everywhere.

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These were nice too along the stairs.

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A balcony worthy of Juliette.

We spent the first night of our honeymoon almost seventeen years ago was spent at the Auberge Père Bise. We arrived very late that night after our wedding and had to drive on curving roads through very heavy rain. I was amazed when I saw it in the morning.

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It is situated on beautiful Lake Annecy. Annecy is way on the other side.

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Another view from the beautiful grounds.

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Look a rainbow cloud!

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A swan came up to say hello. We had two very expensive drinks in memory of times past.

I have been posting on Paris for about three weeks without actually being there. We came to our beach place before the bad flooding occured in Paris and we just returned from the wedding of the daughter of Maurice’s cousin. It was in Lyon and we drove there making a few stops along the way for a total of ten days. Our first stop was the city of Clermont-Ferrand which is the headquarters for Michlein tires and once all of the tires were made there too. It is a posperous university city.

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Our hotel was next to this huge open square.

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A beautiful shop.

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The city is near a huge ancient volcano area and many of the buildings here, including the church, are made of black lava stone.

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We climbed the 350 steps up the church tower to get a look at the view.

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It turns out that this city was also on the Camino for pilgrimage to Spain. This church had a black Madona, which is significant and rare in the Catholic church. I tried to get a closeup but it was too small and the crypt where it was was too dark. It’s at the top of that gold triangle less than a foot high.

Here are just a few of the many photos I took in Rome:

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The dome of the Pantheon.

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We visited the Trevi Fountain along with thousands of other people and threw in a coin. I could be wrong but there seemed to be a lot more tourists in Rome than I see in Paris.

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Near the Spanish Steps (under renovation) is this, the sunken boat fountain.

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The strap on my purse broke (I keep too much in my purse, I think) and after looking up the word for shoe repair-calzolaio-and asking at our hotel for the closest one which, it turned out were just sort of general directions and wandering around a bit, we found it. This nice man fixed it on this old trundle sewing machine in two minutes for five Euros. It was nice to see a craftsman at work.

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At the end of an ordinary courtyard.

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This was in the side chapel at the cathedral in Trastevere, a funky section of Rome across the Tiber River. I can’t find any info on it. Anyone out there know anything about it? I think it was on a tomb.

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There serve a lot of pork in Rome, especially hams and charcuterie.

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Just one of the many places to eat in Trastevere, a very lively part of Rome.

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The Saint Louis Cathedral dedicated to King Louis VIX. It was full of beautiful mosaics.

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The last photo I took on Piazza Navona. We had a little time to kill before our flight back to Paris and wandered over there. It was a fun place to sit and watch people. A couple from Norway was sitting next to us on a bench in front of an enormous fountain topped with an Egyptian obelisk and the man pointed out some of the symbols on it and said the Egyptians had had help from extraterrestrials in building their monuments. He said he and his wife had gone to England to see the crop circles also done by aliens, not as I told him, by joking farmers. Who knows?

We decided to take a tour to see the Vatican. There was a huge line to get in so we were glad to have a skip the line tour but, still, it was just packed with people. Even with a tour, we had to fight our way through crowds. We did a lot of standing and walking and were just exhausted at the end.

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The entry to the museum.

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A look from the back.

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One of the ceilings. The floors were fabulous too, in fact some of the marble on the floors were made from material taken from the Colosseum and other monuments and are so rare they can no longer be found in nature.

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A room of maps done the old fashioned way, going in person and walking, no views from up above with a drone or airplane.

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One lady in the tour had this little Pope doll and took photos of it in front of everything.

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Inside the cathedral, the Pieta by Michelangelo. It’s now behind a protective screen after a nut climbed up and started hitting it with a hammer in 1972. I saw it years ago before this happened.Michelangelo sculpted this when he was 24! We saw the Sistine Chapel too, by the way, but no photos were allowed.

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Look at this crowd.

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Great dome inside the cathedral.

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One of the Swiss guards, a long tradition.

As I said before, we went to Rome to see some tennis. We both used to play some but never do now. We just like to watch it. The grounds are really nice where the Rome Tennis Open is held.

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Mussolini had the grounds built, a sort of sports centre in the Fascist Architecture style. It is no longer called by his name.

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There were lots of statues around looking Roman and athletic.

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Some of the courts had Roman statues around them.

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Some had those wonderful parasol pines. I moved into the shade of them often when the sun got too much for me.

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A look at the action.

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We saw Gasquet play, a French player. He is a beautiful player with a fantastic backhand, the follow through which you can see here. He easily won this game and then crashed and burned in the next one.

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