Bonjour, friends and travelers.I’m traveling to France the first week of December, and plan to add photos in real time, blogging from my iPhone.So (assuming the technology cooperates), check back each day for updates from the road.I’ll be traveling through southwest France, the Pyrenees region, and the Languedoc (see map below).Here’s a peak at my itinerary:
Lourdes – celebrating 150 year anniversary of St. Bernadette visions of the Virgin Mary
Montpellier and Castries – university town, and thriving city
Saint Guilhem le Desert – medieval village
Carcassonne – best preserved medieval city and castle in Europe
Nimes – known for 2 things – best preserved Roman amphitheater and temple, and “denim” or where your blue jeans come from….seriously, this is where Levi Strauss obtained the cotton to make his famous Levi’s….cotton from Nimes, or de nimes.
Uzes – with visit to weekly market Place aux Herbes
Pont Du Gard – incredible 2000 year old Roman aquaduct
Next time you visit Paris, be sure to check into the Paris Museum Pass. SAVE HOURS OF TIME – NO STANDING IN LINE AT EVERY MUSEUM, save money too; 2, 4, or 6 day passes availablehttp://www.parismuseumpass.com/en/home.php Good for Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Notre Dame; Pompidou Modern Art, St. Chapelle, Arc de Triomphe, Picasso & Rodin museums, Palace of Versailles & much more; purchase at any participating museum, Charles de Gaulle Airport, or Paris Tourism office on Champs Elysees, & major Metro stations.
Buy Museum Card.
Look for signs at each museum you visit; indicates special door for Pass Holders.
Sail past these folks! You just saved an hour, and went to the head of the line.
France is a dream to me…..and Paris, the most exciting city in the world. Fresh-baked croissants, a steaming café au lait at a sidewalk café…..the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the night…fields of fragrant lavender and brilliant sunflowers in Provence…..sybaritic beaches on the Cote d’Azur….France is seductive in her charms, and will tempt you back again and again.