Avignon and then Aix en Provence!

Kate recommended that we stop in Avignon to see the city square and the Palace of the Popes. So, we did. The square is supposedly the largest public square in France. We shopped at a 2 Euro store to buy playing cards (we needed to get our Yanif card games going for the season!). The Palace of the Popes was interesting, but not as opulent as I thought it would be. Still spectacular, but not the Vatican.

We arrived in Aix in the late afternoon and met Angelina who was to let us in to the apartment we rented through Airbnb for the next three days. The time was way too short, but we were able to enjoy all of the things we remembered from visiting Kate when she lived there for a year. We took a side trip to Marseille for the day and a boat ride to Chateau d’If of The Count of Monte Cristo fame.

Highlights from Aix: listening to Hilary practice prior to church on Sun. night. Hearing Dom preach. Meeting people who were friends with Kate when she worked with the church. Paul and Jacobs(bakeries!). Cafés at the street side restaurants. Watching people come and go. The market at Place Richelem. Spending time with Hilary and Dom and Louise. And last but not least, Crepes a Go Go!

We made our way to Perppignan for our last night in France before heading to Palma to retrieve Asylum.
Our Airbnb stay was with Eric and Laurence. Eric treated us to his homemade bread and jams. My favorite was his fig jam. We had an interesting dinner at a winery 10 km from their home. I had grilled snails. Last time for snails for me! Think chewy underdone pasta! They were lovely hosts and this post does not do them service.

Everywhere there are poppies in bloom. In eighth grade, I had the honor of memorizing the poem “In Flanders Field” for the annual Memorial Day services in Hartford, SD with the placing of poppy wreaths by the 3rd grade students on the “crosses row on row.” The poem begins each time I see the poppies blowing. I recited it many times in my mind as we drove through France and Spain which was fitting as it was Memorial Day back in the U.S. If you know the poem, take a moment to find it and recite it. We remember. Thanks for all who serve. Thanks mom and dad for making me take part in the ceremony each year. I remember.

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Two goofy travelers.

The Palace of the Popes in Avignon.

Another view of the Palace of the Popes in Avignon.

Our place in Aix en Provence for three days.

The organ grinder at the market at Place Richelme, Aix en Provence.

The clock Tower in Aix en Provence

Lovely people from Kate's time in Aix--Louise Lawson from the UK, and Maddie from Australia.

It's not a day in Aix without some yummy gelato from Amorino's.

Thane and Hilary and Brenda at the ICCP church.

Chateau d'IF--Infamous prison of the Count of Monte Cristo!

Inner courtyard of Chateau d'If.

Brenda and Dominic and Thane at a great café in Aix.

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde in Marsellies

View from Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde in Marsellies

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde in Marsellies--the mariner's church.

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde in Marsellies--the mariner's church. Notice the boats!

Mina came for a sleepover--we wish!

The last moment in Aix at the Rotunda Fountain with the BEST crepes in the world from Crepes a Go Go!

The vineyards are everywhere, but these are at Perppignan.

The snow-capped Pyrennees on our way back to Spain.

Eric at his home in Perppignan.

Poppies are everywhere!

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One Comment

  1. Florence Lueth
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    The narrative is very interesting and the pictures are really nice. I’m along on your journey in my mind. Thanks for the trip. Love Mom