Today’s guest post comes from Barbara in Robbinsdale
We’ve been back from France for just short of a month, and I’ve been trying to come up with a post that would encompass the entire trip. No small trick, as the journey had three very distinct segments: being tourists in Paris, memorial ceremonies for my uncle in a village in Brittany, and a Viking River Cruise in Provence.
What I fell in love with was how OLD everything was, everywhere we went. In Paris, I loved walking in the Left Bank down mazes of cobblestoned alleys (called streets) that have been around for centuries.
The Sorbonne University has been there since the 12th century.
My favorite Museum was the Cluny, officially known as the Musée national du Moyen Âge (Middle Age) – Thermes et hôtel de Cluny, part of which was built around 3rd century Roman baths.
The building that housed our air.bnb flat on Rue Lecruirot (south Montparnasse area) was built in 1893.
The Paris Metro has been around since summer of 1900.
In the village of St. Pere en Retz, we got to stay in a 150 year old manor house, and our suite was a former kitchen that has become a B&B.
In Provence we spent time in Avignon, the center of which is a walled city. And the countryside sported farmhouses and wineries.
I can’t wait to go back.
What’s the oldest building you’ve seen or been in?