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Blog Challenge July 2012

Barcelona

Barcelona There is so much to see in Barcelona. This is difficult, I have 125 pictures, 21 movie clips to select from. Decided to make three posts out of them. The bus ride from Carcassonne to Barcelona was a little … Continue reading

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne This place has been inhabited since Antiquity. When was that?  The Neolithic period around 3500 BC. UNESCO says it was constructed on walls dating from Late Antiquity. It was on the crossroads of trade routes between the Mediterranean and … Continue reading

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Nîmes

Nîmes If we could follow the water from the Pont-du-Gare aqueduct it would lead us to the city of  Nîmes. There it empties into a large fountain in the center of the city. The fountain is surrounded by a lush … Continue reading

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Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard Between the cities of Avignon and Nimes in France is an aqueduct that was built by the Romans to bring water to the city of Nimes.  The Pont du Gard is the highest elevated Roman aqueduct and one … Continue reading

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Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Chateauneuf-du-Pape   What have you heard about Châteauneuf du Pape? It has been described as a commune and as a medieval village. With a population of a little over 2000, it is located on a hill about 18 kilometers north … Continue reading

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Palace of the Popes 1

Palace of the Popes 1 Is it the largest gothic palace in Europe, or in the world? It’s construction began in 1316 under Pope John XXII and continued under Pope Benedict XII and Pope Clement VI. It is built less … Continue reading

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Avignon

Avignon, Provence, France Avignon is a very special city in Southern France. It is ancient, enclosed within a wall, and is home to the Palace of the Popes. In the 1300’s there was more than one Pope, one in Rome and … Continue reading

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TGV

TGV – Paris to Avignon TGV means the train goes very fast. In France it is the “Train a Grande Vitesse”. It travels the 600 (as the crow flies) kilometer distance in less than 3 hours. That is an average speed of … Continue reading

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Gardens of Versailles

Gardens of Versailles The Gardens of Versailles are as impressive as the Palace. Like the Palace, many people are employed in maintaining the property. And they are doing a beautiful job. Water is a major focus of the gardens and … Continue reading

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Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to the Palace of Versailles. It began as a hunting lodge, then grew into a magnificent palace. Now it is as much a museum to the art and … Continue reading

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