Avignon, in the south of France is a gorgeous city.
I’ve only spent a couple of hours in Avignon exactly twice in my life, and both times I witnessed some interesting people and goings on.
Once, long ago, I was on a military exchange and the folks at the French base brought us to this gorgeous city to meander the old town streets and eat a good meal. I was the only female among the group I was with, and therefore was a little worried I’d be left alone when we happened by a few doors with red lights [...]
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The Fiddler’s Festival or the Pfifferdaj is one of the most entertaining, weird, and downright fun things to do each September! Attending this festival in Ribeauvillé France is a must!
In the heart of the beautiful Alsace region of France is one of my favorite festivals! The Pfifferdaj, held on the first Sunday of September each year, has it all: medieval costumes and products, Alsacien food, a fantastic parade, wine and beer from around the region, and fun galore. It all happens on one day. We start off in the morning, walking down the hill to the center of town [...]
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A big drainage ditch which has become extremely fertile, that is what this ètang is.
I’m not that big on land features, but this one is pretty darn cool, don’t you think?
Because of pesky insects, a need for more land, and such during the Middle Ages they decided to drain this large lake. You can see the entire area is now filled in with fields of sunflowers and other agricultural products.
There are a few ètangs in France, but this one is such a great example of what it is and you can almost see how it was [...]
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Ho-hum, Another Awesome Sight in the Alsace!
For me, one of the prettiest towns in the Alsace region of France is Riquewihr. The center of town boasts beautiful buildings, statues, and just lots of quaint “Frenchness.”
This photo was taken a little on the outskirts, not in the touristy part of the town at all. And you can see why the town is so famous. It’s not important that it’s not the center where all the tourists go. It still has beautiful paintings on the walls of the half-timbered house underneath all the spring vineyards.
If you are going [...]
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Ok, so I love cats…what of it?
I must have hundreds of cat photos. I take them all over the world. I have cat pictures from Turkey, from Bulgaria, from Thailand, from Japan. You name it, I got it.
This particular cutie was taken a couple of weekends ago in Kientzheim, France. Yep, in the Alsace!
You may wonder why I take so many cat photos. It’s simple. I love cats, dogs, all animals. I’d love to have pets, but I live to travel and travel to live. It’s pretty hard to explain to a pet that you’re [...]
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The French region of Alsace is one of my favorite places in the world. Here are a few reasons why:
Alsace is located on the eastern side of France, along the German border. It is a region rich with vineyards. In spring, you can see scenes such as this, as the bright, lime-green leaves of the first grapes begin to appear. Later, in the fall, the leaves are dark, and the grapes are full and heavy. They begin picking and wine fests pop up all over the region. At any time of year you can visit the [...]
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Welcoming the storks back from winter.
In the last few years, I’ve really looked forward to the arrival of the storks. Somehow they know the weather better than us, and they bring with them fresh green leaves on the trees, tulips and daffodils, and other spring colors.
When we were traveling in Israel, we were able to witness them migrating. One day there was a sand and wind storm coming in from northern Africa, and although it made for a pretty miserable day for humans, the tired birds were elated.
We looked into the sky to see [...]
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Traveling through the Languedoc-Rousillon region of France was a mixture of stunning landscapes, scrumptious food, and sophisticated wines.
Our time in southern France, the Languedoc-Roussillon region, was relaxing. We rented a gite (cottage) for a week in a town near Montady. We woke up every morning and headed straight to the boulangerie to get our choco-pain or warm crossaints.
From there, we would head to the day’s destination such as Carcassonne, Canal du Midi, Pont de Gard, Nimes, Narbonne, Agde, and more. We would explore until lunch, where we would try to sit and have a wonderful French [...]
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