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November 2016

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Working my way through the alphabet, one country at a time

Salon de Provence

Another travel day.  I left from Albi while it was still dark.  I’d grown accustomed to the rolling river valleys of central France that are thickly forested.  The landscape morphed through the day until I was gazing upon quintessential Provencal views: vineyards, massive rocky outcroppings, and scrubbier trees–oak and cedar.  When I stepped onto the […]

Puycelsi, France

Puycelsi sits majestically upon a hill, high above the Vere river, surrounded by ancient forest.   Built on an outcropping of limestone rising 100 meters high, the name comes from a Celtic word meaning a “wooden fortress built on a hill”.  Benedictine monks built the stronghold during the 10th century.  It became known as an […]