Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Pont du Gard is a notable ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gard River in southern France. It is part of a 31 mile long aqueduct that runs between Uzès and Nîmes in the South of France. It is located near Remoulins, not far from St Remy where we are staying. The aqueduct was constructed by the Romans in the 1st century AD. Highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges 160 ft high, and formerly carried an estimated 44 million gallons of water a day to the fountains, baths and homes of the citizens of Nîmes. The aqueduct descends in height by only 56 ft over its entire length, while the bridge itself descends by a mere 2.5 cm, indicative of the great precision that Roman engineers were able to achieve using only simple technology. It was possibly used until as late as the 9th century, well after the fall of Rome. However, lack of maintenance after the 4th century meant that it became increasingly clogged by mineral deposits and debris that eventually choked off the flow of water.

Mindy & I hiking to the top

View from the top

Today was Market Day in St Remy - so we went shopping.
The Princess & Gigi & Josie all bought jewelry from this lady.

Wine country

Cheese Country

Soups - all flovours

Famous Lavender Country

Big time fabric area

Lots of Scarves

And more Scarves - bought lots of scarves.

All my girls liked this outfit - for sale by vendors of course.

Scarves from $8 (cotton) - $400 (cashmere & silk)

All made from Soda Caps

All made from Soda Caps

$8 Scarf

We drove to the Provence Region - town of Saint Remy
Another quaint lil hotel/B&B Gigi found

Vincent Van Gogh, produced more than 150 paintings of the countryside surrounding Saint Rémy
St.Rémy de Provence   << click this link to learn more


French making fun of the Queen

All the 2nd floor windows of this shop has Teddy Bears & are sold in the shop.

We had another great meal here!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The French Riviera

The whole day was overcast - no blue sky - so water was not the usual super blue.

On to the French Riviera
We drove in a rain storm much of the afternoon & arrived right at dusk.
        (These pictures are from this morning - after rain had stopped.)
The view from our roof top patio.

Gigi found this unbelievably awesome quaint Hotel/B&B.

Josie's incredible map routing got us here in the rain.

I am skipping to our present location.
I will fill in the missed days as I have time to do more posting of past days.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Another wonderful day visiting the Beatrix Potter Gallery

We loved every minute - love the stories & seeing all that Beatrix had the forethought to do. 
Beatrix Potter was a conservationist and believed in the preservation of the land. She learned farming and bred Herdwick sheep, a breed native to the Lake District. As stated in her will, Hill Top Farm today is still a working farm. It, along with over 4000 acres of land which included several farms, is in the care of the National Trust to preserve the land and the rural way of life of the Lake District.

If you want to know more about Beatrix - click here. 

Hill Top Farm

Everything you ever want to know about Beatrix 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Our 1st outing in The Lake District was to visit Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm - we loved every minute of our visit.

Peter Rabbit still lives there - we had a very nice visit with him.
The home is just as it was when the author lived there and the garden looks as though Peter Rabbit might pop out from beneath the rhubarb. Inside, the furnishings and collections of china and dolls all belonged to Beatrix Potter, including the desk where she worked. Lovers of the Beatrix Potter books will see throughout the house and the village the inspirations for many of the books’ illustrations. For instance, in the kitchen, the dresser and clock can be found in The Tailor of Gloucester and the fireplace in The Tale of Samuel Whiskers.

We walked the same paths that Beatrix walked.

We loved every view she loved.

The rain didn't stop us - it drizzled a little & was windy & chilly.