France 2010

My original plan was more adventurous, but due to the combination of an earthquake and too much going on at home (and that does not mean work!), I never went to Chile as I had intended. However, I had very good reasons to escape over Easter. I recalled Saint-Jean Pied-de-Port in the French part of the Basque lands where I spent one day and half there ten years ago, and which I really had enjoyed, not the least because there are plenty of walking opportunities. With this in aim I booked a flight to Paris, but since the weather forecasts were not too promising for the first week, I took a roundabout way to Saint-Jean. When I landed in Paris, I immediately jumped on a train to Arles, which is about 100 km west of Marseilles and I stayed there for a three days. I then moved west and stopped by in Carcassonne. For the Easter weekend, I saw four cities in two days, and eventually on Easter Monday I arrived in Saint-Jean for five wonderful days. Then I traded mountains for the sea, and I got two sunny days in the Basque beach resort Saint-Jean-de-Luz. The last two days I spent in Paris, before it was time to fly home - the day before the volcanic ash stopped all flights.

As always, the trip resulted in too many pictures. Below is a summary of 44 pictures, and then there are six sub-sites:

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1. Entrance Arles

2. The Amphitheatre

3. Café la Nuit
La Camargue

4. Flamingos

5. Drifting Sand
The Alpilles

6. Hole in the Mountain

7. Through the Hole

8. The Alpilles

9. Carcassonne

10. Cité II

11. Canal du Midi

12. Mountain View
Four Cities

13. Auch

14. Hedge

15. Place Capitole, Toulouse

16. Musée Bernadotte

17. Boulangerie

18. Bayonne

19. Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

20. Baguette

21. The Man and his Dog

22. Landscape Saint-Jean I

23. Landscape Saint-Jean II

24. Landscape Saint-Jean III

25. The Church in Ascarat

26. The Old Town

27. Landscape Saint-Jean IV

28. Landscape Saint-Jean V

29. Landscape Saint-Jean VI

30. Landscape Saint-Jean VII

31. Landscape Saint-Jean VIII

32. Sentier littoral

33. Blue Flower

34. Saint-Jean Baptiste

35. The Beach

36. Promenade

37. Champs de Mars

38. Arc de Triomphe

39. Place de la Concorde

40. Champs-Elysées

41. La Géode

42. Bike

43. Île Saint-Louis

44. Paris Street Corner

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