mother came to visit in May and we all had a great time. The children were thrilled
to have her here and to share time together. We did our usual picnicing and went
to the Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Nimes, Cassis, and Moustiers. Mother, we
are all so glad you came!
and my mom at Glanum, in front of the best-preserved mausoleum of the roman world.
The carvings around the base represent legendary battle and hunting scenes. It
dates to between 30 and 20BC. Mother really liked the roman ruins we saw.
picture was taken at the roman arena in Arles.
I think Arles was mother's favorite.
are still held here, in the same place as the roman games in the 1st century.
Inside the arena somebody named Cathy wrote "Stop the killing of the Bulls".
I tend to agree.
of the arena at Arles.
took this picture of a village house across from the arena.
aluminum seating inside the arena doesn't add much to the ancient feel of the
place, but it makes for a nice place to sit and ponder things roman.
had lunch at this café in Arles. Good, as always!
is really sneaky. She fell behind and took this picture of us walking back toward
we took the "tourist train" around town. The first place it goes is
through a beautiful garden above the Palais des Papes where we enjoyed this view
of the Pont St. Benezet, bridge of the song "Sur le pont d'Avignon"
fame. We also toured the Palace of the Popes.
could we resist taking my mom on picnics with us? This was taken at Cassis.
It was still pretty cool out and the beach was almost empty.
out the color of the water along the boat tour of the Calanques! We've never seen
it as pretty as it was that day!
little stab at sign humor. This sign means something like "Danger, we mean
it!" Or Bonnie thought maybe it meant "This is the most exciting road
in front of the arena at Nîmes. Like the Pont du Gard, the arena here is
built without mortar. We also drove to the Maison Carrée in Nîmes,
the best-preserved roman temple.
had a picnic lunch packed, but couldn't resist having moules
frites (steamed mussels and french fries) at this café beside the arena.
saw these Angora goats along the road near the Gorges
du Verdon across from Moustiers. Moustiers-Ste.-Marie
is famous for it's quality faïence
pottery. If you followed the link, does anyone recognize the "balloon"
plate?! It's similar to one we bought there and use for a cheese plate.
summer sun in the sky,
Shining, shining up so high
Makes it warm for outside
To play at the park and run,
To swim and hike and fish,
go on a picnic if you wish.
picnic was at the Lac Ste.
Croix. What a beautiful day and what a great time with Nana!
love this action shot of the little kids throwing rocks into the lake.
treated the kids to these super duper popsicles. Thank you Nana.
color of the water in this lake is stunning, isn't it Mother?
loves Snooks. We all do.
is mother holding a "devil rabbit". Nah, it's just Fairy. I bet Mother's
cats, Tristan and Zoë, missed being held while she was gone.
We saw this lavender along the road near Sault the other
day. Mother wasn't here for the peak of the lavender, so this picture is for her.