Tuesday, October 31, 2006

D'Orsay Museum in Paris

This was once a train station.

The painting is a Mary Cassett. Her treatment of women and children is a delight.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Shingles looks like this

Linn says God is punishing me.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Burgundy at Champy's

I'm still enduring the shingles and feel lousy. France seems long ago.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Holy Hotel in Beaune

For homeless and bubonic plague victims. The beds were arranged around the sides of one large room with a chapel at one end. The medical instruments were primative and scary looking.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Photos from Lyon

Remains of an ancient Roman aquaduct

When a new highschool was being excavated along the Saone River they came across some ancient Roman ruins and built an interesting museum instead of a school. This museum was one of the highlights of our trip

Sunday, October 22, 2006

A spinner at the D'Orsay in Paris

I found this charming marble woman in the vastness of the museum using a drop spindle to spin yarn. I'm taking it easy today and medicating a case of shingles which is something old people get if they have had chicken pox in the past. That long flight on the airplane coming home did me in.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

French Cowboys

In the Camargue in southern France there is a region where prize black bulls are raised. The cowboys play little bull games of teasing a bull (which is really a cow) in a ring, trying to grab ribbons off her horns and then running to the fence and leaping over when she chases them. These guys are as macho as any you might find anywhere.

This region of France has much wildlife in the wetlands. We did see pink flamingos.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Lunch in Cassis on the Mediterranean

We took a bus to Cassis, a pleasant seaside village, for lunch and then our group got in a boat to visit the Caluques which are roadless inlets that people come to only by boat. There were nude beaches on the rocks along the way. After all it is France.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

France on the Rhone

And food. France is beautiful, delicious food. Plane trees (Sycamore to us) line the roads and were painted by Van Gogh and Cezanne. We are just back from Paris last night and recovering from the eleven plus hour plane ride, the time change and a delay getting back to Eugene from San Francisco.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Bags are getting packed

Going off on a trip to France. Be back about the 19th.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Birthday Celebration at Marches'

This elegant restaurant at the 5th Street Market has to be the best place in Eugene to eat a delicious, beautifully served meal. The Lamb stew had an interesting spice which turned out to be star anise. Congratulations to Rob for his exemplary strength and good health on this, his 8th decade on earth.