France '05

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Markey day in Sarlat.
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Countryside on the way to Carcassonne via Toulouse.
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Model of an Ariane V rocket in La Cite' d'Espace in Toulouse.
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"Powers of 10" display in La Cite' d'Espace in Toulouse.
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Mock-up of MIR in La Cite' d'Espace in Toulouse.
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Mock-up of MIR in La Cite' d'Espace in Toulouse.
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Mock-up of MIR in La Cite' d'Espace in Toulouse.
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Mock-up of MIR in La Cite' d'Espace in Toulouse.
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Mock-up of MIR in La Cite' d'Espace in Toulouse.
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The shower in a mock-up of MIR in La Cite' d'Espace in Toulouse.
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Mock-up of MIR in La Cite' d'Espace in Toulouse.
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Model of an Ariane V rocket in La Cite' d'Espace in Toulouse.
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La Cite' d'Espace in Toulouse from the motor way.
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Outer eastern ramparts of Carcassonne, a controversially restored (or not) medieval walled city. We arrived in time for dinner and a stroll around the ramparts, and that's about it.
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Ville Basse from the ramparts of Carcassonne
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The origin of the word pigeonhole? One of the towers in the Carcassonne ramparts.
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Church in Carcassonne - seen from the ramparts.
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And the fun part of Carcassonne - they light up the ramparts at night.
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Between the two sets of ramparts in Carcassonne
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The inner rampart on the eastern side of Carcassonne
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Carcassonne from one of the bridges over the river L'Aude
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Carcassonne and the Pont Vielle (old bridge).
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Sunday. US motel architecture invades France. Carcassone was fun - but WAY TOO touristy! On to Nimes, Uzes, and Pont du Gard!
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L'Arene in Nimes - one of the best preserved Roman Arenas anywhere. It is so well preserved because it's been in constant use for nearly all of its 2000 years.
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Cynthia in one of the access stairways in the arena in Nimes
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Ground floor hallway in the arena in Nimes.
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A "vomitorium" - an exit from the arena in Nimes.
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Looking over Nimes from the top of the arena.
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The arena in Nimes is still used for concerts (and a bloodless version of bull fighting). See the modern seating installed over the original stone seats in the left of the picture?
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Modern seating, platforms, and lighting in the roman arena in Nimes.