Provence – The Roman Province along the via Julia

Provence – The Roman Province along the via Julia

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in France, Provence-Alps Maritime | No Comments

Along the via Julia Augusta (via Aurelia): Aix, Pont Flavien, Frejus, Nice, La Turbie In 13 BC, the via Julia Augusta went east from Arelate (Arles) to Aix en Provence, Fréjus, Nice and into the Ligurian coast of the Italian peninsula where it merged with the via Amelia, via Postumia and via Aurelia back to […]

Provence – The Roman Province along the via Agrippa

Provence – The Roman Province along the via Agrippa

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in France, Loire Valley, Provence-Alps Maritime | No Comments

Along the via Agrippa: Arles (Arelate), Barbegal Mill, Carpentras (Carpentoracte), Orange (Arausio), Vaison La Romaine (Vasio), Vienne (Viennensium) The three great roads of the Roman Province were the via Domitia, the via Agrippa and the via Julia Augusta. The latter became known as the via Aurelia in the 3rd century when Aurelian (Lucius Domitius Aurelianus Augustus) became Rome’s 44th Emperor. […]

Provence – The Roman Province along the via Domitia

Provence – The Roman Province along the via Domitia

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in France, Languedoc, Provence-Alps Maritime | No Comments

Along the via Domitia: Ambrussum – Nîmes – Pont du Gard – Mas de Tourelles –  Saint Rémy de Provence and Glanum – Les Baux de Provence and Les Trémaïés –   Apt and Pont Julien La Provincia di Roma, as it was known during the Roman empire, actually extends past the current borders of Provence. Redistricting over the […]

2014 – The Paris World Fairs and the 7th Arrondissement

2014 – The Paris World Fairs and the 7th Arrondissement

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in France, Paris | No Comments

In 1765 , a grassy field near the ‘Ecole Militaires’ (military training school) was trimmed and cut into what became the ‘Champ du Mars’. It was named after Mars, the Roman god of war. It was also named for the Campo Martius in Rome. Campo Martius was used as a military training ground for the […]

2006 – Paris; the roof leaks and we sell our apartment

2006 – Paris; the roof leaks and we sell our apartment

Posted by on Dec 31, 2006 in France, Paris | No Comments

2006 Every apartment building in Paris (by charter and law) is required to hire the services of a “Syndics de copropriétés”, a management company that works on behalf of the co-proprietors of the building from city issues, building codes and building reparations, insurance claims and the general maintenance of the building. The Syndic is hired […]

2005 – Paris -Our rental Apartment business near Place des Vosges

2005 – Paris -Our rental Apartment business near Place des Vosges

Posted by on Sep 9, 2005 in France, Paris | No Comments

2004-2005 We are now residents of Paris, well, part time residents. In order to afford this place we need to rent out both apartments at least 26 weeks a year. In other words, we allow ourselves to be Parisians in January and August, when the rental season is low and whenever else we can fit […]

2004-Provence and the Alps Maritime

Posted by on Sep 14, 2004 in France, Provence-Alps Maritime | No Comments

St Remy de Provence We always liked St Remy, a town you can literally cover in about an hour. There are the usual crafts shops, art galleries and of course, the ubiquitous cafés and restaurants, but, for some reason, we keep on coming back here. For years St Remy was owned by the Grimaldi family […]

2004 – Languedoc-Roussillon; the Cathars and the Canal du Midi

2004 – Languedoc-Roussillon; the Cathars and the Canal du Midi

Posted by on Sep 12, 2004 in France, Languedoc | One Comment

The Languedoc was once part of the Occitan. The Roussillon once belonged to the Catalan of Spain. Now they are both part of southwest of France The land between the preserved fortified medieval city of Carcassone and the Pont Vieux Brige of Beziers was a rough terrain of poverty until about 10 years ago when […]

2004 – Loire Valley; Apocalypse tapestry and the Grand Chateaux

2004 – Loire Valley; Apocalypse tapestry and the Grand Chateaux

Posted by on Sep 5, 2004 in France, Loire Valley | No Comments

We’ve rented a small stone house near Tours, a 10 minute walk from the charming little village of Azey le Rideau, which, of course, also has a beautiful Chateau; every town and village in the Loire Valley is near a large beautiful Chateau. The old French aristocracy was enormously wealthy. When you visit this “valley […]

2004 – Normandy and a visit to the D-Day Beaches

2004 – Normandy and a visit to the D-Day Beaches

Posted by on Sep 3, 2004 in France, Normandy | No Comments

It’s an easy 3 1/2 hour drive from Paris to the D-Day beaches in northern Normandy. Although the battle ended 60 years ago, the remains are everywhere from the souvenir stores to the museums to the countless cemeteries. Gretchen is passionate about the WWII European theater and most of what I know about the D-day […]

2004 – Paris; The Liberation Anniversary; leasing a car and the film in Place des Vosges

2004 – Paris; The Liberation Anniversary; leasing a car and the film in Place des Vosges

Posted by on Aug 27, 2004 in France, Paris | No Comments

Paris in August is a relaxed, almost sleepy city. Traffic was so calm that we made it from the plane to the apartment in a record breaking 45 minutes. Many Parisians were still on holiday and the streets were quiet and easy to navigate, both by car and on foot. The tourist areas around the Louvre […]

2004 – Paris; making a home on rue des Tournelles

2004 – Paris; making a home on rue des Tournelles

Posted by on Mar 7, 2004 in France, Paris | No Comments

Both of our apartments were ready for occupancy in mid March 2004. However, I thought I’d give a recap of the events through the 5 month renovation from October 2003 through March 2004 26 October 2003 We’re in a rented apartment on the corner of Rue Birague and Rue Saint Antoine. Rue Birague is a […]