Friday, March 15, 2013

Don't Wall Me in!

15/03/2013

Bonjour mes amis!

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the flowers are blooming...okay, well, not really, but the sun IS shining today, and it looks like it's going to be a beautiful day!  I hope it's sunny where you are, too!

Since it's so nice, we must go back to Provence again!  Today, I want to take you to a "walled" Village called, Aigues-Mortes. You are probably wondering how to say the name of this Village, and what it means, right?  Well, it's real easy to say the name of the Village in English, just think, "Egg Mort"...that's it...real easy to pronounce.  Aigues-Mortes means "Dead Waters" in Old French.  While the meaning isn't real appealing, it was an interesting Village surrounded by stone walls, which are quite well preserved.

King Louis IX, AKA Saint Louis, rebuilt the port during the 13th Century.  It was the only Mediterranean Port at that time, so there's a real nice Statue of him in the Town Square...


 Let's just wander around!

First, there is a very old Church...


With it's own tribute to Saint Louis...


Then, there's the Village, which is all in square blocks, so looking down each street, you see the stone wall, or an entry point in the wall...



Whoops!  You know I love wrought iron, so I couldn't resist this!


Here's some views along the Walls...




Meandering inside the Village...



Another Church...aren't you enjoying the views of the Palm Trees?


And Outside the Walls...


You can see how massive these Walls are!  Dr. J is standing in the opening, and he's over Six Feet Tall!





We capped off our time in Aigues-Mortes with a nice French dinner at a Restaurant called, "Eden".  It was quite wonderful with multiple courses of beautiful Food.  Kind of made us sad to leave those Walls...

I hope you enjoy some fun this weekend!
Have a "Jewel" of a weekend!
Jan

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