Summer 2017 - Return to Europe
Cherishing Nomad Life, Becoming Global Citizens and Engaged Americans

 

It was ten years ago, April, 2007, that these Nomads took the first step toward becoming citizens of the world. Now, a decade later, we find that we still cherish our Nomad Life and will continue working at being better citizens of the world - Global Citizens

Now, we confess that the political situation in the US has impacted our travel planning considerations immensely! For many years, we enjoyed our Nomad Life, maintaining our awareness of events in the US but not taking an activist role beyond writing about Climate Change for our www.pioneerwest.net website. Now that has changed. We believe that perhaps we have a responsibility to accept an activist role again, focused on resistance to the Trump Administration.

So, having accepted this responsibility, we are struggling to decide how to implement it. Shall we return to Albuquerque to take on an active involvement in the local and state elections that are coming up later this year, and in 2018? Or is it possible to effectively pursue political action from beyond the borders of the USA? We have spent every summer since 2007 in Europe and we prefer the lifestyle that is possible everywhere in Europe but much more difficult in the US. So, what to do?

Barcelona
Leaving that decision open for the moment, we decided to embark on the next Nomad Journey. We flew Barcelona where our dear friends, Barbara, Larry, and Vera have been living for the past 10 months, to share their experiences and adventures. We also met up with good friends, Linda and Toralf, and strolled the city a bit, enjoying the sights we remembered such as Antoni Gaudi's Cathedral Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera and views along the beach.
You can also Click here to view the stories of our first visit back in 2007.

  

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Toulouse
Next, we traveled to the south of France, a region we had not previously explored. We initially settled in Toulouse,where we relaxed , savored yummy French food and wine, and enjoyed walkable urban living, visits to great churches and cathedrals, and walks along the River Garonne We found Toulouse to be a city whose centre preserves its glorious past ...

  

... while out on the edge, modern energy efficient housing and the massive Airbus airplane assembly site look to the future!

 

Day trips took us to Foix, a charming Medieval small town with an oversized castle...

 

... and Albi, dominated by it's huge brick cathedral, but also the birthplace of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, where a vast number of his pictures offered us views of the people in his life in Albi and Paris, and his posters recall the Parisian Belle Epoch. Awesome!

  

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Carcassonne
Moving on, a short train trip to the east took us to Carcassonne, to visit La Cite on a cliff top, a walled medieval city with a castle-fortress, where we learned some of the finer points of military architecture.

 

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Arles
From there, a train ride through the countryside, past vineyards, villages, and fields of grain turning golden in the broad valleys, took us to Arles in Provence.

Vincent Van Gogh came here in 1888 to live in the Yellow House in his famous painting and to paint his vibrant pictures of the local landscapes and a few of the people. Here we heard the stories of his life and experienced the dazzling sunlight and fields of flowers that he painted as well as a cafe he was known to frequent.

 

Arles was also an important Roman city and the arena and baths offer stories, too. The warm evenings are perfect for dining outdoors with the cuisine Provencal to taste and wine of the region to sip. Life is good here!

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What's next?
Avignon, Aix en Provence, and Marseilles are nearby and we are contemplating an itinerary to include these places before we move on to other places still to be determined.

Meanwhile, we'll monitor the news from the United States and continue to contemplate ways to be better citizens of both our country, but also the world! It's a big challenge but we have accepted it. We invite you to check back for more on our progress.

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