22 September 2016

Molieres Dordogne

Ok...this was an unexpected visit and such a wonderful treat.  I met some kind people and saw yet another beautiful church.  This town stood out because the weather actually cooled a bit that day and homes had shutters open, which meant...cats were out everywhere.



The church L 'Eglise de Molieres was built in 1620.



21 September 2016

Montpezat-de-Quercy

Ok....the french countryside is peppered with tiny villages that call to you to get out, take a stroll and breathe it all in.  So quaint, comfortable and each one more picturesque than the last....ahhhhh.....this is the first of three....




Monpezat is the home of the Collegiate Saint Martin...a gothic church built in the late 13th/early 14th centuries.  This church remains as it was originally built...nothing has been changed.  Amazing and awe inspiring.






19 September 2016

Basilica of St. Sernin

Ok....so this...this was number two of the cathedrals....amazing.  A different church and a bit older...building occurred in the early 11th century.  The magnitude of the churches and the reverence they command is astounding.  Awe...sheer awe...







16 September 2016

Toulouse

Ok....so Toulouse....what a wonderful way to see France for the first time.  The town is lovely and so easily accessible.  We had reached St. Sernin walking before we realized it.  And...yes we visited La Droguerie for some yarn, a chat with a groovy gal and some inspiration.  So  much to enjoy here....  And the food....yikes...







14 September 2016

Doorways of Amsterdam

Ok....so I know this is a thing...I know books have been published on doorways and I've always enjoyed looking at different doorways....but the European doorways....now that's art.






12 September 2016

Grote Kerk - Haarlem

Ok....so the first of the cathedrals was in Harrlem, Netherlands.  The Grote Kerk history, like all cathedrals is fascinating.  The original church was built in 1307 but burned, then replaced in 1479.  The organ was amazing and the floor is a tomb.





08 September 2016

A Train to the Coast

Ok....so a little train trip was had to the towns outside of Amsterdam....always fun to ride the train.  Visited Haarlem, Leiden and Zandervort.

Loved Haarlem....the vibe, the streets and the cathedral.  The town was like a small version of Amsterdam without as many people.


Leiden is a college town so the main drag was quite bustling but just off the beaten path....a treasure.....the church and square where the pilgrims lived before their sail to America.  The streets were tiny and it was not hard to imagine the period dress as they went about their days.


Zandervoort was typical beach town.  As we stood on the boardwalk eyeing the water we met a man out for a dog walk from....yes, Kentucky.  He had been in the Netherlands for 25 years but still had the Kentucky accent.  Needless to say, our accents stood out there.  We did get to see the national sand sculptures.