Tidbits from Toulouse

For reasons related to our love affair with points, we are staying in a very modern hotel at the Toulouse airport. This makes sense when you consider that Toulouse is the center of the French aircraft industry. Rockwell and Airbus offices surround us! We went from the 12th century in Carcassonne last night to this totally contemporary hotel and very chic room. Can you say Radisson BLU?! Must confess that modern also has its charms…

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Following the Via Domitia

We spent the night in the town of Montpellier, which has zero Roman connections, and which we left early this morning for market day in the town of Narbonne, which definitely has Rome in its blood. The Greeks may have started it in the 5th century BC, but it was the Romans whose mark we see today. Continue reading

Where did the day go?

I do remember where we went, even though most of the day has already blurred into a feeling of deep contentment. Ah yes, we visited the towns of Carpentras and Vaison la Romaine. and both were lovely. They each have Celtic/Roman roots and idyllic settings. Continue reading

A Roman holiday

Roman engineering is always awe-inspiring, and the Pont du Gard is one spectacular example. An ancient Roman aqueduct bridge, it is part of a 30-mile structure built by the Romans to carry water from a spring at Uzès to the Roman colony of what is now Nîmes. Built in the 1st century AD, the Pont du Gard is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges and one of the best-preserved.  Continue reading