S: A Road Trip with the Family through France and Italy
BC: As Megan and I are getting on a flight. Matt goes zip lining through France! | A fabulous Vacation!!
FC: La France L'Italia Summer 2010
2: La Madelaine
3: La Tour Eiffel
4: Pictures of Versailles were taken by cell phone as I had forgotten my camera.
7: The Cathedral of Reims Many Kings of France were crowned here. | The only statue of a smiling Angel
10: Verdun | Verdun resulted in 306,000 battlefield deaths (163,000 French and 143,000 German combatants) plus at least half a million wounded. It was the longest and on the the most devastating battles in the First World War. Verdun was primarily an artillery battle: a total of about 40 million artillery shells were exchanged, leaving behind millions of overlapping shell craters that are still party visible. In both France and Germany, Verdun has come to represent the horrors of war.
12: Saverne Our 1st city in the Alsace Region Abba Pierre ordering "Choucroute" a dish of sauerkraut potatoes and sausages
13: Rolling vineyards, dotted with flower decked villages, the Alsace Wine Route winds its way North to South for 170 Kilometers. Also along this route you will see White Stork nests on many of the roofs and buildings
17: Riquewihr is probably the most colorful and beautiful village in France. With all it's fountains and hanging flower pots, you have the feeling of being in a fairy tale.
19: Ribeauville and Colmar
20: Belfort The symbol of Belfort is an enormous pink sandstone lion. Built by the same man who built the Statue of Liberty Nime Arches of the Roman amphitheatre
21: Pont du Gard Built by the Romans 2000 yeas ago | Vienne Temple d'Auguste et livie
22: Carcassonne | Briancon | Carcassonne is a perfectly restored medieval town. It became a key element in medieval military conflicts. Once such legend comes from a battle, led by Charlemagne,(who was attempting to overtake the town). Dame Carcas, had straw dummies placed along the battlements, dressed in the armor of dead soldiers. Charlemagne thinking they were outnumbered, decided to starve the people of the town into submission. After many days, all that remained to feed the people was one barrel of food and a pig. Dame Carcas fed all the food to the pig then threw it over the walls. Charlemagne's troops seeing all the food contained in the pig's stomach , believed the town had abundant supplies. Charlemagne retreated, and the church bells rang and the people cheered "Carcas...sonne (ring, Carcas) Briancon.......is the highest town in Europe, it was a stonghold since pre-Roman times. It was the most important pass into Italy
23: Vische | Vische, Italy This is the small town whereMeme's mom and dad lived in Italy. Therese and Giovanni. La Grande et Le Grand They were married in this church. After visiting we headed out in search of meme's cousins, We had a fabulous lunch, and got to know our Italian family. Molte Grazie!
24: Eating lunch with La Familia Meme and her cousins remembering. Photo of the men who served in WWI from Vische. Le Grand was one of them
25: Our cousins are butchers, so we had many different types of meat. The above dish was Veal Tartare! | The younger Generation! | Ciao!! Till we meet again!
26: Lake Como
27: Milan | Duomo of Milan is the distinction between Gothic and neo -Gothic. The west Front began in 1616 and completed 200 years later
28: Verona | The arena was built in the 1st century A>D. and is one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters in Italy. House No. 23 Via Cappello is the house that Juliet lived and loved Romeo. You can visit her courtyard, balcony and leave a letter to Juliet, in hope that she will find you true love
30: The Sights, The Smells, The Taste , of Italy!
31: Venezia | Venice 7 interesting facts: 1. Venice is really built on water 2. Venice has around 150 canals connected by 409 bridges and over 3000 alleyways on the 117 islands 3. Only 3 bridges cross over the Grand Canal, on of them being the Ponte di Rialto built between 1588-1591 4. Venice is sinking. The level of the land has lowered, while the sea levels have risen 5. Venice has no sewer system, household waste flows into the canals and is washed out into the ocean twice a day with the tides 6. Gondolas are hand made using 8 different types of wood and are composed of 280 pieces. 7. No matter how well you are at reading a map or remembering your way around you will get lost in Venice.
32: Bridge of Sighs | The Bridge of Sighs is a bridge that connected the prison to the interrogation room. As the convicts were led, it is said that they would let out a big sigh, as the view from the bridge was the last view of Venice they would ever see
33: San Marco Square
34: The Condola It is estimated that there were 8000 to 10,000 gondolas during the 17 & 18th century. There are just over 400 in active service today. | To this day no woman has been admitted in the official gondola service
35: Venitian Mask'''s are know for their ornate designs, featuring bright colors, and the use of complex decorations in the Baroque style.
36: Ponti di Rialto is the oldest bridge across the canal (1588) The bridge has become one of the architectural icons of Venice.
37: The Many Canals | above photo zoomed in below...LOL
38: Pisa | The Tower o f Pisa began as a bell tower in 1173. Due to unstable landfill the tower shifted and began to sink. Work was stopped for 100 yrs. It was finished in 1372. | In 1990 the tower was closed as there was a threat of collapse. Engineers undertook a strengthening project and the tower was reopened to the public on June 16, 2001.
39: Cinque Terre | Riomaggiore | All the towns slope down to sea - level except Corniglia , which is perched on top of tall cliffs. With the exception of Monterosso they all posses an old world charm w/narrow crooked streets,lined with colorful old houses stacked on top of each other..
40: Manarola | Corniglia | Megan and I barely made it up to Corniglia as there are 365 narrow brick steps. It was also extreamely hot.
41: Vernazza | Vernazza was our favorite of all the Cique Terre Towns. We took the train to all the towns and walked
42: Monterosso | is a very beachy, resorty type of town. Different than the other 4 villages
43: Here in Monterosso, we took the boat back to La Spezia. Along the way we were able to see the villages from the | sea, and realized the journey that we took and the memories we will keep with us forever. Next stop: Cote D'Azur!
44: One of the highlights of this trip was seeing my old BFF Pat Desvaux. We hadn't seen each other in over 15yrs. It was a wonderful visit with her and her son Crysol
45: Cote D'Azure Antibes - Juan Les Pins | Megan, Pat Crysol
46: Nice | Met up with another very old friend from Grammar School - Denise Camilla, who now lives in Nice!
47: Cannes | Les Baux de Provence | Les Baux stands like a natural extension of a huge rocky plateau.The ruined castle and old houses overlook the Infernal Valley, with its weird rocks, once the haunt of witches and goblins according to legend | One of the strangest places in Provence, the citadel of
48: Toulouse | La Ville Rose The buildings are made of red brick giving the town a very warm, pink feel and look | Le Capitol | This is where Meme was a young adult. She lived in Place Wilson district
49: Muret | Muret is the town that Meme grew up in and went to school. She would have to cross "La Garrone" and the Virgin statue every day to get there .
50: Le Marche de Muret. I have such wonderful memories of when I was younger going to this marche.
51: Verniolle | Meme's home Verniolle, before and now. | Meme and George
52: Visiting the resting place of Le Grand, La Grande and Meme's Brother Joseph, Sister Victoria, Sister Josephine, and Sister Pauline. My cousins, Pierrot, Jeanine and Tonton Michel
55: My Cousins - Jean and Irene Brardo Karine and Pasqual | Meme's sister Pauline had 3 boys. Jean, Roger and Christian. Jean married to Irene had Karine (married to Pasqual,) and Olivier. Roger had Kinou and Christian had no children. | Meme, Karine, Megan,Irene, Jeannot, Pasqual, Abba Pierre
56: Eaunes Eric, Caroline, Julien and Marion... and all their animals!! | Megan,Julien,Eric,Jean,Abba Pierre,,Caroline, Marion
57: My Cousin Mimi | Lardenne This is where Mimi and my Aunt Josephine live. Lots of fun memories here. She now lives alone with Julien who lives with her during the week.
58: The outhouse next to the pig pen. One of my not so fond memories.. | Meme's sister Josephine had one daughter, Mimi. Mimi had one son, Eric whose married to Caroline and they have two children Julien and Marion.
59: Megan, Meme, Mimi Julien
60: Verniolle | Therese is married to George,(who always took care of Verniolle) they have two sons Jean Pierre,(who now lives at Verniolle with Agnes, Ilona and Baptist) and Laurent. Laurent has one child Mathias.Laurent died in 2009 s | Jean-Pierre ,Agnes, Ilona ,Baptist
61: Cousin Therese along with her husband George own the flower shop. She is also Meme's God-child | Meme's brother Joseph had three daughters. Therese, Jacquie and Michelle. | Meme, Theres, Pat
62: All the Chivassa cousins! Meme's oldest sister Victoria had three children- Pierrot, Jeanine and Claudine | Claudine married to Daniel have Carole,(married to Julien, daughter Lola)and Nicolas. Pierrot married to Simone had Alain,(married to Nicole,sons Florent, Thibeaux),and Helen(married to Jean-Marc with two children.) Jeanine married to Robert,had Jean-Christophe( two children) and Thierry | Matt, Nicolas and Lola | Daniel sitting on Matt, Nicolas,Meme, Abba Pierre, Claudine,Megan, Jeannot,Irene,Carole,Julien
63: The Wedding of Carole and Julien | Irene, Nicole
65: C'est Beau LaVie
67: Jean Christophe and Thierry | Florent and Thibault | Helen and JeanMarc | Daniel,Meme, Claudine, Simone | Alain and Simone
69: Traditional French Wedding Cake Piece Monte
70: Our Last get together before Megan and I leave to go home
73: Baptist,Matt,Michelle,Jean-Pierre,Ilona, Meme, Abba Pierre,Irene,Jean-Paul and Agnes.