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Ungulate Destroys House

Not just a catchy subject line. This was our classy two story decorative birdhouse on our front porch as of yesterday afternoon, although the photo was taken last year and the bluebird did not end up nesting there.

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The French Alps

It was a dark and cloudy late afternoon when the GPS finally found our B&B at Plateau D’Assy, above Chamonix in the French Alps, and we wondered if we would ever see the mountains

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A Rainy Day In Avignon

On a wet june day, we visited the medieval walled city of Avignon on the banks of the Rhone, and one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts. We parked outside the walls and spent the day exploring the thriving town of 100,000.

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Corsican Wildlife

A wild “boar” (sanglier) spots me in the mountains of Corsica: It moves in further for the attack: but fortunately decides to wallow a bit instead: Evidently these are free range pigs, because they were out in the middle of nowhere with no farm or farmer in sight: This real wild boar. Must have been a road kill for someone ...

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Vercors Regional Natural Park

Continuing on from Provence towards the Alps, we sidetracked a little to spend a couple nights in the Vercors Regional Natural Park, a beautiful massif above Grenoble, of green hillsides, rocky gorges with rivers, and limestone cliffs and caves. On the way, we stopped at this town below, Serre, for one of the best meals of our trip, a huge ...

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The Luberon Region of Provence

After our week in Corsica we continued on to Lourmarin, a charming village in Provence, where we spent a few days at the residence of kind friendsof ours and from which we made a couple of forays in the Luberon National Park area, with its colorful hilltop villages, like Bonnieux, below, where we made the mistake of accidentally driving through ...

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Driving In Corsica

Driving in Corsica was an adventure, with one lane cliffside roads, seldom with barriers and never shoulders. I was driving so didn’t get many pics.

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On The Road In France

Hi all. We’re just back from a four week 50th wedding anniversary trip, jet lagged and beat up, that some family and friends know about. I tried to send photos to this list but the ipad apps I had wouldn’t do the job, so I’ll take you on the trip after the fact if you’re interested. If you would rather ...

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Porto, Corsica

From the east coast of Corsica we drove to the west coast, a beautiful drive over rocky mountains with lots of forests and almost no towns. We stayed 3 nights at our only resort stop on our trip, the charming bustling villaage of Porto, and its surroundings.

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Corsica's Cap Corse

Quick, what language is spoken in Corsica? If you said Corsu, or lingua corsa, congratulations. Actually, French is the official language, but the names of towns, streets, restaurants, and businesses make it look like the native Corsican language is a combination of French and Italian. And of course the most famous Corsican of them all was Napoleon Bonaparte, but we ...

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