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For some reason, Hotmail is so slow on this machine that I would rather pull out my teeth with pliers than try to send an e-mail right now. So if I owe you one, I’m sorry, you’ll just have to wait a couple days.

Aaargh — it’s been so long since I last was able to write!

On Tuesday in Orange we toured the ancient Roman theater, which was stunning.

From Orange we went to Aix-en-Provence for a few hours, because a friend of Terry’s said it was cool, but we didn’t think it was anything special, really. We went to Marseille that night and saw as much of the city as we could in a few hours in the dark, which was quite a bit, actually. We stayed in the nicest hotel of the trip, the New Hotel Vieux Port, where we were given the Africa Room.

Wednesday morning we went to Marseille’s biggest landmark, the Cathedrale Notre Dame high atop a hill. But we had a hotel room prepaid in Moissac, northeast of Toulouse, so we had to get on the road. I definitely need to return to Marseille.

We drove and drove on Wednesday, and before reaching Moissac; stopped in an amazing little town called Albi, which was busy and artsy and beautiful. They also had probably the most impressive cathedral I’ve ever seen. Driving through the Midi-Pyrenees was breathtaking too; another place to return to.

We spent all day Thursday in Moissac. We woke up to a Remebrance Day ceremony which we could see from our hotel balcony. Since it was Remembrance Day, most everything was closed except the perfumerie. We had dinner at a Chinese restaurant, which was the only option. We watched endless TV coverage of Yasser Arafat’s airplane leaving Paris and the second LOTR dubbed in French.

Today we drove to Bordeaux, stopping in St. Emilion on the way, the quintessential tourist town, with its 12th century architecture and wine caves.

So here we are, in Bordeaux. We’ll be here til Sunday morning.

The highlights so far: the cathedral in Alby and the little pink pig made of almond paste stuffed with cream that I got in Aix-en-Provence.

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I'm an American who started blogging when I moved to Russia in 2004. Eventually I moved to Sweden, where life is pleasant but uneventful, and stopped blogging for lack of interesting things to say. And then I joined Facebook, which further destroyed any motivation for blogging. Maybe someday I'll start blogging again, but for now, this blog is dormant, an archive of The Russia Years: 2004-2008.

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