Monday, September 5, 2016

The Long Road to the Airport

Things have been pretty hectic since that peaceful break in Monaco, but we’re now finally settled in Michigan!  Now that we and all our stuff has made it here more or less intact, I can tell the second half of the moving story.

After Monaco, the next destination was to attend the wedding of two friends in the countryside near Arles.  We had a Twingo and the wide open roads of Provence ahead of us.  We left Monaco the morning after Bastille Day, and it was during the drive--actually while we were driving through Nice--that we heard the terrible news.  None of our friends or family were harmed, but we still grieve with the people of Nice.  I can only hope that someday we will live in a world without such evil in it.

Moving on to lighter subjects, I had never seen much of southern France, since a certain spouse of mine never seemed to think it was a good time to explore it.  Therefore, we decided to see as much as we could along the way.  

View from the hotel, Marseilles.

We walked by the sea on the Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes. We spent the night on the coast in Marseilles.  We wandered through the Pope’s Palace and sang at the Pont d’Avignon.  

Then, we got lost, arrived at the hotel less than an hour before the ceremony, and somehow managed to make it to the castle both on-time and presentable.  It was a beautiful wedding, and I hope they have a future full of happiness together!

Afterward, it only remained to return to Nice for the flight out.  On the way…

Romans put these things everywhere!

We explored the Roman tunnels beneath Arles, circled the Roman amphitheatre, and checked out an intact Roman barge at the history museum. We also tried really hard to find some lavender fields, and failed completely.  Where are they hidden?  I thought they covered all of Provence? Maybe someday, we’ll try again…

The transcontinental flight took us to New York City, and my next update will cover the United States portion of the journey!

I'll pause here with yet another city skyline (NYC).

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