Monday, October 13, 2008

Southern France and The Med

My wife and I just concluded a wonderfully long vacation through southern France, and the Med. One part of her family grew up in southern France. Our first stop was the small village in the foothills of the Cevennes where most of the family remains, St. Hippolyte du Fort. Here I am, with a local tower and now-unused railway overpass in the background:

We rented a car, and drove around the countryside quite a bit. After getting used to French driving laws — for the most part, it is easier to navigate in France than on U.S. roads — we started touring Roman and medieval villages and ruins nearby. The first stop was the tiny medieval village of Sauve:

Next, we visited Nimes, with its Roman Maisson Carre and arena:

Then on to Avignon:

And finally cruising to stop for several days in relaxing Nice, with its world-famous boardwalk, Promenade des Anglais (I am facing away from the camera, in the blue t-shirt, lower left corner):

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