Italy-France-Belgium - 2002
This is a feable attempt to continue some of the photos we took on our 2002 eight week European Odyssey. After the ferry ride from Rethymo, Crete, to Pireaus, near Athens, we proceeded to the Athens airport and flew to Roma where we picked up a leased Renault Clio. Driving north to the castle overlooking Lake Trasimeno we had to stop on the motorway for one hour. We just stopped, no reason and people got out of their cars, had water fights and talked. We were told there was probably some sort of accident and the authorities just stop traffic until it's cleaned up. We spent a week at the apartment in the castle near Cortona and explored the area and then a few days at an agritourisimo vineyard near San Gimignano. Then we went to the Cinque Terre on the coast to the town of Monterosso al Mare where we stayed at the La Spiaggia Hotel. We had a great time in Monterosso just resting, swimming, eating and drinking. It was late in the season and many of the American college crowd were gone. Later, we went back to the castle for 3 days because we had so much fun in the Cortona area. After the castle we proceeded up into Provence, stopping at St. Jean Cap Ferrat, another Chambre d'Hort in Provence, Avignon and Isle sur la Sorgue where we went to the best market ever one Sunday morning. The owners of the castle in Umbria suggested we stop in Sarzay, France, at the Sarzay Chateau. The 2 castle owners were friends. We were able to explore this old castle and it would be worth a side trip. The Sarzay owners spoke no English but it was quite a place and far from any touristy things, very quiet. Our next destination was Fontevrault Abbey where Henry II of England, Eleanor or Acquitane, and Richard the Lionheart are buried. From there we explored several chateaus until we were "chateaued out". Continuing north we stopped at Mont St. Michel, the Normandy Beaches, Bayeaux (the Tapistry is well worth a stop), Honfleur, Amiens and on to Bruges, Belgium. We never had any trouble finding a Chambre d'Hort (B&B) in France and the cost was around 46 Euro per night for 2 people. We didn't book in Bruges and everything was filled so we drove out of town and stayed at a Novetel Hotel. We've already booked in Bruges for our next visit. Bruges is worth a trip. We dropped the car off at the Brussels airport and flew home via London. On our last night in Bruges we agreed that all we needed was a dry cleaner and another laundromat and we could go another eight weeks. We were together almost constantly and for those who know me, I'm sure you can't understand how Christine kept her sanity. We are going to do it again and we will go back to Bruges, it was really nice. I hope to add more to this travelogue but we about to go back. At least you can see some photos. The photos will open in a new window and you can keep the new window open and just scroll through several photos until you get bored. If you're using Microsoft Internet Explorer, you might consider pressing the F11 key and the browser window will be larger.

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On the motorway to Cortona from Roma we just stopped..for one hour.
Christine stops for coffee at a Cortona bar.
A view of our castle from across Lake Trasimeno.
The ruins of the Monastery of San Galgano.
The ruins of the Monastery of San Galgano.
The Monastery of San Galgano and the sword he pulled from the rock.
The arms of the man who attacked San Galgano.
More ruins of the Monastery of San Galgano near Siena.
More ruins of the Monastery of San Galgano near Siena.
More ruins of the Monastery of San Galgano near Siena.
A cat on the altar of the church that has the sword of San Galgano.
Camucia Thursday Market, every market has a place for the men to meet.
In Cortona they were filming Under the Tuscan Sun.
I needed a pizza.
A shop in Cortona, Tuscany.
Anita, from Sweden, decided to pay her bill by picking grapes.
John and Christine at the agritourisimo vineyard near San Gimignano.
The agritourisimo vineyard near San Gimignano.
Christine, Heiner, Rosemarie and Andrea Poggi in Monterosso al Mare.
View from our balcony at the La Spiaggia Hotel in Monterosso al Mare, Italy.
View from our balcony at the La Spiaggia Hotel in Monterosso al Mare, Italy.
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy.
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy.
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy.
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy.
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy.
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy.
Looking south along the coast of the Cinque Terre from Vernazza.
People pile rocks along the beach.
A view of Monterosso al Mare from the hills.
All I want to know is can you park here?
The main piazza in Todi, Italy.
A view of the countryside from Todi, Italy.
Civita di Bagnoregio
Walking through the streets of Civita di Bagnoregio.
An old stone in the streets of Civita di Bagnoregio.
Walking through the streets of Civita di Bagnoregio.
Walking through the streets of Civita di Bagnoregio.
A view from our balcony at Hotel Brise Marine, St. Jean Cap Ferrat.
A Chagall mosaic in the cathedral in St-Paul-Vencea, France.
We stopped for a drink in the Hotel Colombe d'Or, Vence, France.
We stopped for a drink in the Hotel Colombe d'Or, in Vence, France. The place is full of original Impressionist paintings.
We stopped for a drink in the Hotel Colombe d'Or, in Vence, France. The place is full of original Impressionist paintings.
We stopped for a drink in the Hotel Colombe d'Or, in Vence, France. The place is full of original Impressionist paintings.
We stopped for a drink in the Hotel Colombe d'Or, in Vence, France. The place is full of original Impressionist paintings.
Vence, France.
Our balcony at the Hotel Brise Marine, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, France.
The Restaurant and Bar Du Port in St. Jean Cap Ferrat, France.
Mick and Viv from the UK at the Bar Du Port Restaurant with John and Christine.
And with the owner of the Bar Du Port.
Hotel Brise Marine, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, France.
A restaurant in La Turbie, overlooking Monte Carlo.
The market in Villefranche.
St. Tropez.
St. Tropez.
Christine at a cafe in St. Tropez.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
Christine tastes some wine at the Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
The fabulous Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence, France.
Christine buys some soap at the Sunday market in Isle sur la Sorgue, Provence.
Christine on the Pont St. Benezet, Avignon, France.
The Pont St. Benezet, (Sur le pont d'Avignon) Avignon, France.
Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes), Avignon, France.
Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes), Avignon, France.
Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes), Avignon, France.
Bullfighting posters in Arles, France.
Roman Arena in Arles, France.
Street in Arles, France.
St. Remy de Provence where Van Gogh painted.
St. Remy de Provence where Van Gogh painted.
St. Remy de Provence where Van Gogh painted.
Pont du Gard, Roman Aqueduct.
Pont du Gard, Roman Aqueduct.
Pont du Gard, Roman Aqueduct.
Pont du Gard, Roman Aqueduct.
Chateau de Sarzay, Sarzay, France.
Chateau de Sarzay, Sarzay, France.
Chateau de Sarzay, Sarzay, France.
Chateau de Sarzay, Sarzay, France.
Chateau de Sarzay, Sarzay, France.
A small guesthouse near the Chateau de Sarzay, Sarzay, France.
Chateau de Sarzay, Sarzay, France.
This sign tries to change the way French drivers yield!
A French country lane near Fontevrault Abbey.
Fontevrault Abbey
Photos from Fontevrault Abbey.
Photos from Fontevrault Abbey.
Photos from Fontevrault Abbey.
Photos from Fontevrault Abbey.
Photos from Fontevrault Abbey.
Photos from Fontevrault Abbey.
Photos from Fontevrault Abbey.
Photos from Fontevrault Abbey.
Chateau Langeais
Chateau Langeais
Chateau Chambord
30 cents to use the toilet at Chateau Chambord
Chateau Chambord
Chateau Chambord
Chateau Chambord, Francois I Door
Chateau Chenonceau on the Cher River
Chateau Chenonceau on the Cher River
Chateau Chenonceau on the Cher River
Prawns at a store.
Seafood at a store.
Seafood at a store.
Mont St. Michel
Bayeaux Tapistry
Bayeaux Tapistry
Cathedral, Bayeaux, France.
France is full of patissieres.
France is full of cute little restaurants.
Bayeaux, France
Bayeaux, France
Omaha beach, Normandy, France
Omaha beach, Normandy, France
Omaha beach, Normandy, France
American Cemetery, Normandy, France
American Cemetery, Normandy, France
French Patisserie
French Patisserie
The beaches at Normandy.
Flower market in Normandy
Market in Normandy
Market in Normandy
Deauville, France
Honfleur, France
Honfleur, France
Our Chambre d'Hote near Honfleur, France
Honfleur, France
Cathedral in Amiens, France.
Cathedral in Amiens, France.
Cathedral in Amiens, France.
Cathedral in Amiens, France.
Cathedral in Amiens, France.
Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium
John, at the Cafe Verdi, Bruges, Belgium
Coffee, at the Cafe Verdi, Bruges, Belgium
The Cafe Verdi, Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium
A chocolate shop in Bruges, Belgium
A chocolate shop in Bruges, Belgium
A butcher shop in Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium
Inside the Cafe Verdi, Bruges, Belgium
Canals in Bruges, Belgium
Canals in Bruges, Belgium
Inside a bar in Bruges, Belgium
Christine, inside a bar in Bruges, Belgium
A canal in Bruges, Belgium
Inside another bar in Bruges, Belgium
London, England from the air.
London, England from the air.
Buckingham Palace, London, England from the air.


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