last saturday in provence / provença / prouvènço

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January 30th 2007
Published: January 30th 2007
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this past saturday i took a day trip with my program to several choice sites in provence, which is the region in france right next to mine (languedoc-roussillon). there were a lot of people that went on the trip, because there were students from both the language and culture program, which i am a part of, and the integrated studies program, where students can study other subjects at the university with french students. since there were a good many of us, we toured provence in a large bus. our first stop was the pont du gard, where we were greeted by le mistral (here's a brief explanation). i looked around, climbed a hill, looked over the top of the aqueduct, walked through a tunnel, took some nice pictures, and walked down some steps to the river underneath. despite the cold, it was a very beautiful day. after the pont du gard, we drove to fontaine de vaucluse, which might be the most picturesque town i've ever visited. i walked around with a gal named sarah, and we after veering off the beaten path, we found a small mausoleum high up on the side of a hill. the town was small, but the surrounding mountains were enormously tall and steep. a lazy river with a lot of algae twinkled in the sunlight, and the town was nearly vacant except for a few dozen loud americans. i had the best pastry of the trip so far in fontaine de vaucluse. it was an almond croissant that also was filled with chocolate, and it was delicious. according to the scale that i found under the stairs in my apartment, i have already gained one kilo. one down and many more to add i'm sure. after enjoying the town for nearly two hours, we again boarded the bus and drove to les baux de provence, an old town built high up on a cluster of rocks. there is a lot of old history there, and there is also a castle, although i believe it's mostly in ruins. they were charging 5 euro to enter though, so i don't know anything else about it. since we were so high up, the wind was at its utmost strength here, and i was pushed back and forth around the village for the time that i was there. we made one final stop, at alphonse daudet's windmill in fontvieille. it was a super touristy day, but i made time to count the number of fascicles per bundle on conifers along the way. hopefully this week i can find a field guide to trees in the area!

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30th January 2007

ho ho ho
wowee zowee that looks terrific. all of those pictures look like they were taken by rick steves himself! everything is so old and amazing, i can't wait to join you. congratulations to you and sarah for making it up that huge hill!
1st February 2007

Hey Emma, nice work, Karin forworded your site to me, and its fun to see! You have a good eye for details I wondered why they took you to see that old aqueduct, was it a roman ruin, er wat? We look forward to seeing more!

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