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Trip Report Trip report: 12 days in Provence

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Well, I’m convinced that I outsmarted myself when I recently posted this report with the title in French! Provence topics can get a lot of replies, and I was very interested in comments from our many experienced folks in this area, but got very few. So, I’m reposting with a less off-putting (I hope) title in English.

The 12 days includes both our arrival (mainly making our way through quite the thunderstorm to our B&B in the little village of Venasque) and departure (toting our bags to the Marseille airport). So, it was really only 10 days of touring, but we did cover a lot of ground – was it too much? This was our first trip to Provence, and long in the planning, with sources both printed and on-line. In the end, it came down to a balance between our main source in the former area, the Michelin Green Guide (“So much to see!”) and in the latter, Fodorite Stu Dudley (“Slow down!”). You’ll have to judge how well we did.

I always do these reports as captioned phototravelogues, thinking that pictures without words, and words without pictures, do not do the best justice to one’s experiences. Also, in the research to create the captions, I often learn new things about what we have seen. This in a sense lets me take the trip again, which is my greatest pleasure in doing this.

Also, I decided to pick as a subtheme for the album “doors, gates, and windows”. I am impressed by the attention to everyday objects given by good photographers (thinking, for example, of the wonderful photo essays posted here on everyday life in Paris by kerouac), and so decided to give it a try myself.

Here is the link to get started:

http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/creativeapps/slideShow/Main.jsp?token=945135957308%3A540606391

(As an aside Kodak has done some recent modernizing of their Web site, and now only the first line of the title shows unless you click on the arrow. Also, my more heavily captioned pictures exceed the new allowable title length, and so have to spill over to the comments page, as noted at the end of the truncated title. Not much in the way of “upgrades”, IMO)

Also, I took some short video clips, simply standing at a spot I found interesting in some way, and just doing a 360 degree turn around that spot. These have been stitched together into 2 youtube videos, as follows:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qSqzvDrg2w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPFeEXeOVt8

It would be hard for anyone else to see these images as fondly as we remember them, but I hope you find them interesting.

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