French Friday: Avignon

le 21 septembre 2018 (264/365)

« Sur le Pont d'Avignon, l'on y danse, l'on y danse; Sur le Pont d'Avignon, l'on y danse tous en rond... »

Pont St. Bénézet aka Le Pont d'Avignon

Begun c.1234 AD and abandoned in 1644, spans half-way across the Rhone River

L'Hôtel de Ville - Avignon

Le Palais des Papes - the seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century papal schism. 

French Friday: Aix-en-Provence

 le 3 août 2018 (215/365)

« Il ne s'agit pas seulement de regarder...mais aussi de ressentir. » - Paul Cézanne, peintre aixois

Hôtel de Ville

Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur 

Cours Mirabeau

la Sainte-Victoire

Atelier de Cézanne

Les amis qui me manquent beaucoup!

World Cup Champions

July 15, 2018 (196/365)

"The beauty of the World Cup is that while thirty-two countries get to cheer for their respective teams, the event also affirms a global pluralism - it is as much a festival of cultural multiplicity as it is a competition featuring some of the best athletes in the world." - Clint Smith #fiersdetrebleus ⚽️ 🇫🇷

French Friday: Chambord

le 18 mai 2018 (138/365) « Car tel est notre bon plaisir. » - François Ier. 

Le Château de Chambord, built during the Renaissance (1519-1547) as a hunting lodge for King François 1er, is the largest (440 rooms, 282 fireplaces, and 84 staircases) château in the Loire Valley. Its distinctive architecture includes a roofscape of chimneys and turrets designed to resemble the skyline of Paris (so that ladies of the court could feel less removed from town) and the famous double-helix staircase attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. 

French Friday: Saint-Jean-de-Luz

August 25, 2017 (237/365)

« Un Basque n'est ni Français, ni Espagnol ; il est basque et c'est tout. » - Victor Hugo

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, on the Atlantic coast of France just a few kilometers from the Spanish border, is an enchanting town with a rich Basque culture and a history that includes whaling, pirates, and a royal wedding (King Louis XIV to María Teresa, the Infanta of Spain in 1600). 

French Friday: Carcassonne

August 4, 2017 (216/365)

« Mon Dieu que je mourrais content après avoir vu Carcassonne! » - Gustave Nadaud, Carcassonne (chanson de Georges Brassens

The historic walled city of Carcassonne with its medieval citadel, la Cité, is located in France's Languedoc region. The fortress features numerous watchtowers and ramparts built in Gallo-Roman times. Carcassonne has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, but its roots date back to the neolithic period. Carcassonne's popularity has also inspired a board game and a mobile app where players construct fields, walls, buildings, and roads to build this impressive city.

French Friday: Chartres

June 23, 2017 (174/365)

« Il n'y a plus de cathédrale après Chartres... là j'ai vraiment senti ce que c'est que l'architecture. »

- Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, architecte

Chartres Cathedral is the finest example of French Gothic architecture and a pilgrimage destination since its dedication in 1220 AD.

Cloth worn by the Virgin Mary during the birth Christ, given to Chartres in 876

The original labyrinth which the faithful followed on their knees

Chartres was the inspiration for Gesu Church (1887) on the campus of Marquette University.

French Friday: Nîmes & Le Pont du Gard

June 16, 2017 (167/365)

« Le site sauvage, la solitude complète du lieu, le bruit du torrent ajoutaient une poésie sublime à l’architecture imposante qui s’offrait à mes yeux. » - Prosper Mérimée, Notes d’un voyage dans le Midi de la France (1835)

Le Pont du Gard is a 2000 year-old, tri-level, Roman aqueduct, built to carry water to the neighboring town of Nîmes, a city in the Occitane region of southern France. In addition to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nîmes is also known for Roman arena (70 AD) and Maison Carrée (Roman temple).

The view from the Pont du Gard

 Nîmes

La Maison Carrée (Roman Temple)

Roman Arena (70 AD)

1000-year-old olive tree