March 3, 2004
Hello and an early Happy St. Patty's Day to ya! I'm still working on backlogged photos so that's what this page will consist of too. I do have some new ones on the way after these, and maybe it will be easier for me to keep up with posting them then. It sometimes takes a little while for news to accumulate around here so I'll just go straight to the photos. We had some cold weather return like a lot of you in the States but I hope spring is on it's way soon for all of us!
Nîmes (nEEm). We went here one day for a ................................ picnic, right! The amphitheatre here is roman and dates from the late 1st or early 2nd century. It is still used for bullfights just like the one in Arles.
In case you're wondering, I'm going to let someone else explain this better than I could <g>
Those silly Romans!
Jonathan there? He is standing on the steps of the Maison Carrée (square
house) in Nîmes. It was part of a group of buildings called the Forum ...
the administrative center of roman life. Maison Carrée was built in honour
of Caius Cesar, who was the grandson and adopted son of Augustus, in 5 AD.
A very pretty fountain on the way to our ........ picnic, right!
Jonathan pouring olive oil on our pebre d'ail cheese in this beautiful park. The "cheese guy" told us to pour olive oil on this herbed cheese about an hour before you eat it for best taste. We often ask locals (at the boulangerie or on the street!) where is a good place to have a picnic. That's how we found this great park. There is a canal just beyond the railing.
Leftover KFC (not Provençal), Provençal olives, leftover red cabbage with apples, bread, pebre d'ail cheese and of course, french wine. Oh yeah.
This is a reflection of trees in the water we saw as we walked back to the car. Doesn't it look like a painting?! Jonathan wants to paint this and some of the other reflections we saw.
Yes, all good things must come to an end and often times cost money. Here is Jonathan paying for our parking before going to our car in the parking garage. You have 15 minutes to leave after paying at this machine. You have to insert your validated ticket in the machine at the exit and the arm will go up allowing you to exit. Most of the time we have to pay 3 to 4 euros... about 4 to 5 dollars. Convenient and free parking is something I always took forgranted before moving to France!
Heading for the car. Boo-hoo. Another day of fun and freedom has come to an end. But ... there's always tomorrow <g>