Archive for June, 2012

DOMAINE DE RHODES – AVIGNON, FRANCE

Sharon and I had a fabulous stay on the Barthelasse’s Island just across the bridge from Avignon.  Domaine de Rhodes is a “must stay” bed and breakfast if you are visiting Avignon, France.  Our hosts were Francoise and Paco.  They are a wonderful couple, who make you feel right at home immediately.  My pictures do not do justice to this great B & B.  You will need to click on my link to their website for details.   Domaine de Rhodes.

This awesome 16th century hunting lodge is Domaine de Rhodes Bed and Breakfast.

There are beautiful photo opportunities in all directions.

Upon entering Domaine de Rhodes, you are greeted with this great, old staircase that leads up to the rooms.

The lush grounds are filled with antiques.

In addition to the rooms in the main house, there are three cottages that can be rented.

Each cottage is decorated beautifully.

There is a nice patio and outside kitchen.  We relaxed here….looking out to the vast gardens.

Francoise and Paco must have “green thumbs”, as there were pots of flowers everywhere.

The grounds were stunning and the architecture incredible.

Francoise and Paco, our hosts!

We even loved the window in our room.

This was the terrific view from our bedroom window.  What a great way to wake up in the morning.

Another perfect view of the beautiful grounds at Domaine de Rhodes.

Francoise even brought in fresh cut flowers for our room.  Yes, the flowers were from her yard.

Another view of the hunting lodge.

I hope that this picture gives you a sense how large the grounds are.

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Here we are with Uska, the friendly greeter at Domaine de Rhodes.

Sharon would be upset with me if I did not mention that each morning we were treated to a new, beautiful table setting.  The delicious breakfast was always served with fresh fruits and juices, bread and croissants, and cheeses from local farmers and bakeries.  Please visit their website for more pictures of each room and details to help you plan a trip to Domaine de Rhodes on the Barthelasse’s Island across the Rhone River from Avignon.

 

PARIS 2012 – TOUR EIFFEL

Rodger and I always head over to the Eiffel Tower when we arrive in Paris.  Viewing this magnificent structure is always special to us and we never tire of her beauty.  I cannot tell you how many pictures we have taken of the Eiffel Tower….in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening.  My favorite time to visit the Iron Lady is  dusk.  I am sorry to say, we only saw her in the afternoon this time.  Please click on this link to learn more about the Eiffel Tower.

This year, we met up with our longtime friends, Bob and Marlene.

Every angle gives a new photo opportunity.

There were several artists out on this day.  All were painting from this view.

Rodger took this photo five years ago.  Today, the lawns have been fenced and you are unable to sit on the grass.  It was wonderful to watch the French families and tourists alike, as we were all mesmerized with the Eiffel Tower’s beauty.

The detail in the Tower is incredible.  The expanse between each corner is awesome.

You have heard that Paris is the most romantic city in the world, haven’t you?  Must be why so many couples have their wedding pictures taken in front of the Eiffel Tower.  This lovely couple and their large wedding party captured “their day” …I bet their wedding pictures are fabulous.

And how awesome was their ride?  I love Paris, the Eiffel Tower and of course PINK.

Please check back often for more pictures and stories of our latest trip to France.