Thursday, July 28, 2011

In the south of France, the Dharma Yatra begins!

Hello all,

I don't have time for much of an update. I dropped off Regina yesterday near Albi, France, after we drove from the French Alps. You can see the drive we took, more or less, on Google Maps here: In two hours I'm picking up another friend who needs a ride to the start of the Dharma Yatra, which I wrote about last year (read it here.) The yatra begins this afternoon and continues for 10 days. I'll be out of touch during that time, but should have some photos of lovely smiling people when next I write.

Here are a few photos from the last few days...


Regina and I finally managed to do a short hike. This ancient village on the left ridge may date back to the 5th century. The national park that it's in is encouraging ancestors of the original inhabitants to live there (during summer, at least) and restore some of the old houses. It's a beautiful spot, and we had a delicious lunch at the little refugio there. Except they call it a "gite" cuz everybody wants their own words for things in Europe.
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This river flows just below the village and then plunges into a waterfall.
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Our reward for a hike well hiked. The guy served this out of a little aluminum trailer thing, and it was wicked good.
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This is us driving into the Gorge du Tarn. My GPS has its own ideas about the best way to get to places, but it suits me. The sign said no vehicles longer than 19 feet, and I found out why. My van is just about that length, and we could barely make it through the turns. All day long the GPS would announce a turn, and Regina and I would say, "That can't be right!" But eventually we did get there.
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Life and Death.
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Life and Life. (And Love!)
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(The End)