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France 12 - 24 June 2014

                  12. Woerden - Paris - Lyon Airport Saint Exupery - EMLYON business school - Lyon St.Just
                  13. La basilique de Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Le Vieux Lyon
                  14. Lyon St.just - Pont du Gard - Avignon
                  15. Avignon - Arles (Van Gogh) - St.Remy-de-Provence (Van Gogh) - Avignon
                  16. Avignon - Aigues Mortes - Avignon
                  17. Avignon - Mont Ventoux - Sisteron - Castellane
                  18. Castellane - Grasse - Cannes - Castellane
                  19. Castellane - Gorges du Verdon - Lac de Sainte-Croix - Draguignan - Mandelieu-la-Napoule
                  20. Mandelieu-la-Napoule - Cannes - Mandelieu-la-Napoule
                  21. Mandelieu-la-Napoule - Grasse - Sisteron - Grenoble - Albertville - Annecy
                  22. Annecy
                  23. Annecy - Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard (Italy) - Annecy
                  24. Annecy - Airport Lyon-Saint Exupery - Paris - Woerden

Collecting the rental car at Lyon Airport

Weiwei at her exchange program in France

living building, 276 euro for 2 weeks

In front of the Théatre et Odéon Antiques in Lyon

Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon

young people practice for Sunday


Chinese Bible

iPhone fashion girl

passion fruit and mango ice in Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon)

our shared apartment in Lyon St.Just

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Pont du Gard was built shortly before the Christian era to allow the aqueduct
of Nîmes (which is almost 50 km long) to cross the Gard river. The Roman
architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands
almost 50 m high and is on three levels - the longest measuring 275 m - created
a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece.


in the apartement in Avignon of Elise, teacher Italian

Elise has so many interests, especially: Italy, literature, food and tango


Avignon became home of the popes in 1309, who were fleeing the violent
chaos of Rome. Palais des Papes (Papal palace) is one of the largest
and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. One time fortress
and palace, the papal residence was the seat of Western Christianity during
the 14th century six papal conclaves were held in the Palais, leading to
the elections of Benedict XII in 1334 till Antipope Benedict XIII in 1394.

The Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as the Pont d'Avignon, inspiration for
the song "Sur le pont d'Avignon".

dinner in the apartment in Avignon

Vincent van Gogh lived here from 20 February 1888 till 3 May 1889.

the Rhone River quay with "Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh

During his stay in Arles Van Gogh made about 300 drawings and paintings.

Spectators in the Arena at Arles by van Gogh

Courtyard of the Hospital in Arles where Van Gogh stayed on and off
from December 24, 1888 to early May 1889 as a result of the infamous ear incident.

Langlois Bridge a few kilometers South of Arles

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, 26 kilometer North-East of Arles.

On May 8, 1889 van Gogh voluntarily entered the asylum of St. Paul in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

renamed the Clinique Van Gogh, from May 1889 until May 1890. During much
of his stay there he was confined to the grounds of the asylum, and he made
paintings of the garden, the enclosed wheat field that he could see outside his
room and a few portraits of individuals at the asylum.

lavender gardens of the St.Paul clinic

St.Paul courtyard

offered by M.Klapholz

attemp of a replica of one of his bedrooms in Arles

this version of Starry Night is made in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Glanum, just South of Saint-Rémy.
Two well-preserved Roman monuments of the 1st century B.C., known as
les Antiques, a mausoleum and a triumphal arch (the oldest in France).

ready for a day trip to Aigues-Mortes, a French commune in the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
The medieval city walls surrounding the city are well preserved.

we like the lizards on the walls


leaving Avignon, goodbye Elise (Our wonderful hostess)

climbing the moon landscape of Mont Ventoux

Weiwei suffers altitude sickness...


our gîte just south of Castellane

good cook in the large shared kitchen of the gîte

stop in 'perfume city' Grasse during a day trip to the coast


hike to Notre Dame de Roc in Castellane

procession during cholera outbreak in 1835

Castellane and Verdon river seen from the Roc

Market in Castellane

my favorite spot for a lunch break along the Verdon river
(just a few minutes West of Castellane)

strong man

Point Sublime Gorges du Verdon

Lac de Sainte Croix

lavender fields West of Moustier-ste-Marie

Lac de Sainte Croix


our studio in Mandelieu-la-Napoule near Cannes

relaxing afternoon at the beach of Cannes

mediterranean jump

home made fish dinner

Sisteron and citadel

the Alps on the way to Grenoble

our shared apartment in Annecy-le-Vieux, owned by a French-Chinese couple

grilled chicken

trying hard to finish group work for her study

the sign on the bed sheet means: happiness

ready to explore Annecy on Sunday

Yangshuo, sister city in China

Lac d'Annecy recreation

joining Zumba in Annecy

chicken salad, courgette with eggs

mountain day trip

on our way to Italy

The Little St Bernard Pass (French: Col du Petit Saint-Bernard, Italian: Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo)
is a mountain pass in the Alps on the France-Italy border. Its saddle is at 2188 metres above sea level.

border France - Italy

St. Bernard dog

ruins from World War II

last refreshing moments in Lac d'Annecy

taking the train back to Paris at Lyon Airport

arrived in Paris on the way to the Thalys train at Gare du Nord, and back to Holland

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