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Our River Cruise through Provence in Summer of 2017
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Taste of La Rambla food festival  Click for a larger view Taste of La Rambla food festival Click for a larger view
Food Festival
We walked down to the end of La Rambla and it just so happens this is the weekend of their annual Taste of La Rambla food festival! Beers wines deserts and ALL SORTS of foods we saw squid, we saw every kind of meat prepared in a million strange ways. All the local restaurants, breweries and winery's are set up. It takes up 4 blocks of the street and it ends up down at the waters edge. We have two more days to investigate!

This is the menu board and directory for everything. It was fun to read. This will be lunch later today!


We are in Barcelona.  Click for a larger view We are in Barcelona. Click for a larger view
Today's Adventures
We've made it to Barcelona and it's awesome! The hotel is directly on the La Rambla -- the main pedestrian 'drag!' They are late nighters here so it was not too busy at 5 but packed by dinner hour around nine! We came to the McDonald's and KFC and amazingly enough, that is the street to turn into to find one of the main city center plazas!


We are in Barcelona.  Click for a larger view We are in Barcelona. Click for a larger view
We are in Barcelona.  Click for a larger view We are in Barcelona. Click for a larger view
The Plaza
Dinner in this lovely plaza! Tomorrow is the city tour and the huge Market -- Mercat de La Boqueria. More fun pics to follow!!!


We are in the Vienne region of France.  Click for a larger view We are in the Nimes region of France. Click for a larger view
On to Nimes
We've left the Ama Cello, and have part of the day to spend shopping and sightseeing in Nimes. The train station is here.
Isn't this a charming chocolate and biscuit shop?

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We are in the Vienne region of France.  Click for a larger view We are in the Vienne region of France.  Click for a larger view Our pin cushion exchange! Click for a larger view
Vienne has Roman roots. This is a temple -- that is now in the middle courtyard of buildings -- it dates back to 40BC! Then. Another pic from the shop of the stunning countryside! Here are Judy Jeannette and I. Not as old as the scenery but just as lovely!!!

Ou la la! Our pin cushion exchange!!! Beautiful bits of stitching we had needle cases and scissor fobs tucked in among the charming creations, and tons of them were personalized with our trip dates as well.



We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.
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We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view



We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view



Ruins of a roman amphitheater they found less than 100 years ago. They USE IT for city festivals and events!

We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view



Lyon is famous for silk. We are outside a shop and here is her display! Live worms squirming around in a dish and more spinning cocoons!!!

Lyon is famous for silk. We are outside a shop and here is her display!  Live worms squirming around in a dish and more spinning cocoons!!!  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view

More passages. They have these bland doors in the walls of the narrow streets. You have to know when they are unlocked and where they go. Once inside they take you between and through buildings to a different street! Several of the buildings and blocks have these. The residents let them be open certain hours so tourists can go through. The agreement with the city is that city maintains them. They were stunning!!!


We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view



We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view



Nat and Aaron took selfies in front of this famous sculpture and some 3 dimensional wrought iron on the bridge. They painted this one a gorgeous real that matched the color of the water. Those flowers are gorgeous!

We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view



Our 38th wedding anniversary. Well 11 layers of chocolate and vanilla sponge cake and cream in there! Bride and groom enjoyed with table of hungry friends!

Our 38th wedding anniversary. Our 38th wedding anniversary. We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view

Lyon has two buildings like this (the image above right). One is apple green the other bright orange looking like enameled metal and Swiss cheese??. Some famous architect. Just house offices. I was shooting into the sun so I couldn't get a good pic but these were SO FUN!!


We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view

Oingt. It's pronounced WAAH! Trombasse is the word for the passageways. This awesome village had been restored and had a winery -- we are in the Beaujolais region. All the stones here are local. They are yellow and red because of the amounts of iron in them. Absolutely gorgeous!


We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view





Look at that awesome wood beam above the door!

We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view



Outside the winery... grapevines everywhere!

Outside the winery... grapevines everywhere! Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view

Wine tasting in the morning!!! Tough job. Someone had to do it!



Finally here we are actually getting in some stitching time! You'll see Silver needle at sea--only all you can see are everyone crowded around! Jeannette a charming Rolling Down The Rhine Sampler she designed for us! More touring in Vienne this morning and more stitching this afternoon.

We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view We are in Lyon and the Beaujolais region southern France.  Click for a larger view




seeing all the awesome Paris sights seeing all the awesome Paris sights seeing all the awesome Paris sights
We're on our grand European adventure with Jeannette Douglas-- starting out in Paris, then enjoying our river cruise through the Provence and finishing in Barcelona. Of course we have been seeing all the awesome Paris sights. You don't necessarily need more landmark pics -- what I like are the REAL ones of all of us.

Actually there are 120 of us here so far so not everyone is together but here is a motley crew decorating a tiny wall outside Notre dame! We've been inside and now are waiting for the tour guide. I thought we looked like birds lined up on the power lines! Jeannette is in the front on the left.

We strolled through a Paris flower market right after Notre dame I couldn't resist taking a gorgeous picture. Love those colors! Here are three of us Kim, Mona and me at the Eiffel Tower.


The Sajou shop The Sajou shop A Paris dog walker
We spent yesterday afternoon needlework shopping in Paris!!! This is the Sajou shop -- small but super cozy and charming! Tons of trims, buttons, charts, fabrics, threads, sewing boxes, linens. Lovely scissors And totes. We loved it all! You can see several of us around her central counter. Everyone had to squish in here and we took turns getting in. We had two buses full of stitchers!

While we were outside eating lunch. I saw a dog walker with 8 big dogs cruise by!!! What a fun sight that was. 8 huge dogs all under control-- knowing they're on the way to the Doggy park I imagine! Never seen anything like it!

The Bakery where we ate lunch Notre Dame


Le Bonhuer des Dames Le Bonhuer des Dames
Another lovely find was Le Bonhuer des Dames. Built under neath old train tracks this is in a stunning area of specialty shops-- all locally owned. This shop was absolutely gorgeous and wow, did we have a good time in here! European shops carry more kits than open stock items so tons of different offerings for us.

They wanted to take a picture of our bus-full. The other gals are over shopping at Sajou. I think we look pretty good in that staircase! We had a super awesome afternoon in Paris!










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