Saturday, September 23, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Costa Brava I

The last two days before returning to Barcelona were spent in Costa Brava, the northeastern coastal region of Spain.  We stayed in Calella de Palafrugell, and explored the coast.

I included this image to show how steep some of the climbs were.

This image shows the waterfront of Calella as we returned around lunch time.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Market Day

It was market day in St. Remy-en-Provence.  The locals and tourists turned out in force.





And more nougat

Van Gogh posters and stuff.  After cutting off his ear, Vincent Van Gogh spent from May 1889 to May 1890 at Saint-Paul de Mausole psychiatric hospital in St. Remy-en-Provence,
where he painted some of his finest works.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Roussilon and Gordes

The hike began at Le Pont Julien, the old stone arch bridge in Bonnieux.  It was built in 3 BC and was retired in 2005, providing more than 2000 continuous years of service.

A tall elegant house commanded attention. 

The mid-morning snack and rest stop was in a pretty location among the pines.

For years, the ochre deposits of Roussilon provided red pigments to artists and employment to locals.

 Roussilon buildings come in many shades of ochre.

The hike passed many vineyards.

 We stopped at a local winery in the afternoon, 
before going on to the beautiful (and windy!) hilltop town of Gordes.

Leaving Gordes, a lookout offers a view down to the lower sections of Gordes and the valley beyond.

And a different viewpoint lets Gordes show off.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: The Second Day of Hiking in the Luberon

It drizzled off and on.  The paths were sometimes a bit slippery.  But,
Provence has had an extreme drought, so they need the rain.  It was still beautiful.

The day began with a walk up the steep streets of Bonnieux, 
a sleepy Proven├žal town little visited by tourists.

Near the top, Bonnieux offered a nice view into the lower town and across the valley.

 The day's hiking included walks on small paved and dirt roads, narrow woodland paths like this, 
and rocky climbs on Roman ways.

At the end of the hike, we had some striking vistas showing the rock vertical face of the Luberon.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: The Luberon

The first day of hiking began in Lacoste and ended in Menerbes.  It this region is good enough for Peter Mayle, Pierre Cardin and the Marquis de Sade, it is good enough for me.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Avignon

Yesterday I took a train from Barcelona to Avignon, where I had a good dinner and spent the evening.

There was time to take a photograph of Le Pont d'Avignon, the 12th century bridge
that once -- but no longer-- crossed the Rhone.

And, the Pope's Palace.

From here, there will be six days of hiking in Provence and Costa Brava.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Traveling with Siri

I can't say I immediately recognized the voice, but once you know, you hear it every time she speaks.  Atlanta-based voice artist Susan Bennett was another guest in the group with which I traveled around Barcelona this past week.  She was the original voice of iPhone's Siri.  You also hear Susan making Delta's airport gate announcements.  And she is heard promoting Coca Cola,
McDonalds and a host of other companies, products and services.