Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gite in Lauzerete, France.


Yes, this was our bread for dinner. Tonight I am staying at a gite, or hostel, just for pilgrims. We always have a home cooked dinner of a regional dish and bread. The bread will be the main part of breakfast, too. Usually served with homemade jams, perhaps a yogurt. Tea or coffee, then out the door for the day's adventure. Tomorrow it is 18 miles to the next gite, so will eat hearty tonight!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

July 26 sketchbook diary in France

A couple owned a little bar, tabac shop and closed at 7 pm, but had a room for a pilgrim upstairs in their home. Judging from the photos and toys, it was once their son' room. But he married and now the grandson comes to visit. They shared dinner with me and I appreciated the hospitality. Unfortunately i walked right past the spectacular Roman mosaic floor well preserved in the middle of the little village without seeing it.
Here is a link to the moasic.

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Clonas-sur-Var├Ęze#/media/File%3ALa_villa_de_Licinius.JPG

Saturday, August 12, 2017

July 25 Sketchbook diary in France

The Romans built the trails we use. Pilgrims have walked this same path to Santiago Spain for 1,000 years. Flavious was the Roman conquered here and the first thing the romans did was build roads for trade and moving their army.

July 24 in France sketchbook diary.


My first day on the pilgrim path to Spain. This trip connects my walk from Munich Germany to Le Grand Lemps, France and where I started another trip in St. Jean pied a pont, France and walked over the Pyrenees to Santiago Spain and on to the coast.

Monday, August 7, 2017

(Backup) Le Grand Lemps, France


Walking from the train station through the town to path across France that goes to Spain on the pilgrimage.



Well equipped and looking forward to the days of walking across France.

Pierre Bonnard, painter, and authors once lived in this little village. Note the absinthe, once a popular drug.




Here is the road, to Spain.

Just passing by another manor.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Way of St. James in France

Mosaic in the big church in Lyon, France, of St. James and the pilgrims going to Santiago, Spain.
I picked up my credential for the pilgrimage at the cathedral in Lyon. Then took the train to Le Grand Lemps, a small town, to start walking to Spain.

Seemed like a good idea at the time.

Had to use the restroom at the train station. It was clean.

Way of St. James in France

Mosaic in the big church in Lyon, France, of St. James and the pilgrims going to Santiago, Spain.
I picked up my credential for the pilgrimage at the cathedral in Lyon. Then took the train to Le Grand Lemps, a small town, to start walking to Spain.

Seemed like a good idea at the time.

Had to use the restroom at the train station. It was clean.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Copenhagen is lovely!


Art in shop, as we window shop in the historic center

Sketchbook of Copenhagen 


 
And of course, the little mermaid, at the harbor mouth.

(Backup) Stockholm Sweden

Just landed in Stockholm. It is a lovely day.


















Copenhagen, Denmark has


This is a lovely walk on the old fortress walls. Looking down into the moat, the old keepers 's house still stands guard. Once only for Royalty, even commoners can walk here and even fish. Scads of people were out for a picnic on the grounds.

Inside the fortresses are these fabulous homes. There are private gardens beside the buildings tucked behind high fences.

Strolling through Copenhagen, there is something lovely around every corner.
I just love the colors and shapes of the old homes.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Copenhagen is lovely!


Art in shop, as we window shop in the historic center

Sketchbook of Copenhagen 


Friday, July 21, 2017

Sketchbook diary, Sweden July 14 to 18, 2017



July 14 in Stockholm. We took the afternoon train to Vaxjo, Sweden. Stayed 3 nights to visit the Immigrant Museum and Glass Museum. Fascinating little town, too, with a lovely old town and lots of parks.


 In all my travels I have seen my fair share of churches, and the cathedral in Vaxjo is a favorite, a mix of  medieval and modern with lots of Swedish glass art.

We attended the Sunday service at the cathedral. The huge organ opened the service and was played sometimes with one of the smaller organs. During the service they played three different organs, a grand piano, a a violin and sang. It was heavenly. Being all in Swedish, made it musical, too.

Stopped n Lessebo to see the hand paper mill.