I spent today exploring Roman ruins and Van Gogh sites. And I fell more in love with Arles by the second.
The employee at the cafe was aghast when I voiced a desire to sit outside. “C’est tres froid!” I insisted I would be fine, that this weather didn’t feel cold to me, and was amused when a dawn of recognition lit up his face. “Ah, tu vas fumer,” he said, while miming smoking a cigarette.
After dark the streets in Arles aren’t just well-lit, they’re lit cheerily and with lots of color. There is noise around, noise of conversation and fun, noise of safety nearby should it be needed.
Day 10: Carcassonne. There don’t seem to be any women here. There are men out on the streets chatting, usually on street corners. When I walk by they stop talking and stare. It’s rather disconcerting.
As a writer it’s difficult to admit that a location has me so in thrall that I’ve been rendered speechless. It runs rather counter to one’s desire to write about the location. But, alas, here we are.
With solo travel comes a type of loneliness that is freeing, but crushing. The need for connection is biological. It’s how we’re wired. And we wind up lacking it.
Imagine limestone walls, narrow passageways, gas lanterns casting a warm friendly glow and soft laughter coming from restaurants you know are around a corner but can’t see yet…
That’s Sarlat, and dammit if I’m not already in love with it.
A friend suggested I make more of an effort to talk about my experiences and thoughts on local culture along with posting daily favorite photos.
Favorite photos day 7/22. Visited the chateaux of Chenonceau (1st) and Chambord (2nd). I… I’m too stunned by beauty to be able to think of
Enjoyed a lovely breakfast with Travel Buddy before he left for London. The main topic of conversation? Sketching out a trip to Spain and Portugal
Good grief, this town is unbelievably gorgeous. Favorite photos from today are below. I’m forcing myself to choose only ten per day. I’m sure I’ll
Heeeey so I left Bordeaux this morning and am now in Amboise. My FAVORITE EVER Travel Buddy hopped on a train from London to come
I’m at an Italian bistro for dinner. There is an older couple sitting next to me and they are having a heated conversation. I don’t
Ophorus Excursions offers a variety of tours in France. I’ve booked three for this trip, and the first was today. Link to tour: SAINT EMILION
Day 1 was spent in transit. It is now day 2. I arrived safely in Paris. I left my house at 6 AM Pacific on