I’m Not Dead Yet . . .

Well, y’all, I thought I would be back in Mississippi by now, enjoying a lovely Spring while relaxing on my screen porch, sorting through my thousand-plus pictures from my trip to France, and getting back to regular posts on MissPres.

But . . . a volcano I’ve never heard of and certainly never hope to pronounce has stranded me in Toulouse, France, a lovely city but not home, and certainly much more expensive than Jackson.

Nevertheless, I’m lucky enough to have an internet connection–limited and slow, but still there–and I’m suffering from withdrawals from my normal blog-writing schedule. So, I hope you will forgive me for posting non-Mississippi pictures, but I thought you might enjoy seeing a few of the sites I’ve been roaming in my two-week, now closing in on three-week sojourn on the Continent.

First off, the oldest sites I’ve seen, from the Roman times in the first Roman province, now the Provence region of France.

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Categories: Cool Old Places

6 replies

  1. Looks like you are having a great time! I’ve been to Arles, but not to Nimes or Toulouse. Can’t wait to see more pictures from your extended trip!


  2. Was having a great time, even made the best of the unplanned extension until yesterday. Today, I’ve officially petered out and have decided I might have to swim home if this goes on much longer.


  3. I’m sorry it’s been so trying, E.!

    It’s funny that while you were touring Roman ruins I was building an aquaduct for my Latin student’s school celebration of the birth of Rome. It would have looked exactly like the one in your picture except that we ran out of time; so it’s only a two-level aquaduct. Ah, well, so long as the water gets there, right?

    I hope it gets better for you soon!


  4. Pfft, a two-level aqueduct? The Romans had much higher standards :-) Sounds like a fun project though–much more fun than the projects I had in school.


  5. Nîmes is as close as Thomas Jefferson ever got to Rome and Roman urban forms–a short trip while Ambassador there. The old Roman temple there (“Maison Carrée”?) inspired the design of his Virginia capitol, and eventually all that was also absorbed in the Neoclassical design of Washington, DC and its early buildings, etc.

    Apologies in advance if you already know this, of course;-)


  6. I had no idea I was walking in Mr. Jefferson’s footsteps, Richard–thanks for that! I would have included the photos of the temple, but I only have a few, due to the fact that the front was completely covered with scaffolding and plastic, and even though we had paid extra for the tour, once we got inside, we found that in fact, we were just going to see a 3-D movie about the heroes of Nimes. The movie wasn’t as horrible as expected, but I wouldn’t have paid extra for it, and I’m still annoyed they didn’t mention that when we bought our ticket. I do have a couple of great detail shots that do very much feel like many of our US Neoclassical buildings, but that’s about it. Maybe I should post those too.


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