It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

I just wanted to do a quick post about our immediate neighborhood.  On any given day, there are lots of things to do within walking distance.  Just a mile down the road is the Abbaye de St. Hilaire, a monastery built by the Carmelite Friars in the 13th century.  Like most structures here, it has been “built upon” in ensuing centuries, and incorporates both Romanesque and Gothic elements.  The Abbaye is a fantastic example of private philanthropy.  It was bought by a couple, Rene and Anne Marie Bride, in 1961, after it had languished untended for centuries.  Through a slow, careful and totally privately funded effort, the Brides have restore the Abbaye and opened it to the public.

About a half a mile beyond the Abbaye is a lovely vineyard, Domaines des Cancelades.  The late afternoon light on the fall vines is so beautiful;  I wanted to post a picture before those autumn colors are replaced with bare winter branches.  (Following that, just a couple of pictures of those vines up close and the massive French oaks everywhere along the path.)

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2 Responses to It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

  1. chris tarpey says:

    how lucky you are to have such great weather and amazing scenery right out the door. trees are really beautiful, as is the ancient architecture

  2. I do feel lucky, that’s for sure. You need to come visit. Hey, when you get the notice of a new posting, I’ve found out that the pics look a lot better if you go to the blog rather then read them in the email. For some reason, the color and resolution is not as good in the email. Still trying to figure out how the whole blogosphere thing works.

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