Monthly Archives: October 2011

Starry, Starry Day Part Deux

Our visit on this gorgeous, sun-drenched day was in great contrast to  Van Gogh’s sad sojourn in Arles. His time there was fraught with violent seizures, hallucinations and outbursts, and he ultimately chose voluntary commitment in nearby Saint-Remy-de-Provence to the Monastere-St.Paul-de-Mausole. The hospital, … Continue reading

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Starry, Starry Day

Just for fun, let’s pretend we are still on our “motor-flight-through France”, even though we all know full well that I’m back in CA, still in my jammies and a ratty sweater with a mountain of tissues in front of … Continue reading

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J’ai un rhume

I can write “I have a cold” in French, but I still blow my nose with a distinct American accent. Lucky for me, I didn’t get sick until the last day of our trip. We’re home now, but I’ll resume the travelogue … Continue reading

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Roman Holiday: Pont du Gard and the Nimes Arena

The French know how to enjoy life – mid-morning cafe at the cafe, a pichet of wine at lunch, and long lazy afternoons baking in the Mediterranean sun. The Romans, however, were all about veni, vidi, vici, especially the vici … Continue reading

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Part Two: Lunch at Hotel La Mirande

We were staying in the hotel but came very close to missing out on this lovely dining experience due to some not-so-complimentary online reviews. Goes to show that you can’t always believe what you read (except for Polloplayer, of course). … Continue reading

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Dueling Dining in Avignon: Part One, Christian Etienne

The dilemma: how to choose between two highly-touted restaurants just a few hundred paces apart and a Michelin star each… Solution: dinner at one and lunch at the other! Chef Christian Etienne, who built his reputation with stints at the … Continue reading

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In Avignon: Palais des Papes

Just steps away from our hotel, La Mirande, stands the grand Palais des Papes. In a country rife with historic and architectural wonders, the Palais is a standout on both counts. I don’t especially keep up with Papal comings and … Continue reading

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