It is time to finish the story of our return trip adventures. From Barcelona, we flew to Madrid. We had originally thought to go to Marseilles (and finish in Madrid) but there were no flights. Trip advisor thought we should take a 20 hour, $2000 trip through Italy. We said NO. Instead, we went to Madrid and then on to Marseilles. From Madrid, the trip was under 2 hours and well under $100. Ahh the mysteries of travel. We enjoyed Madrid, but there aren't many photos. The sights that most impressed us were the buildings and the Art Museums. We loved the Prado!
We also enjoyed Reina Sophia. It is a modern art museum, so many of the pieces were less to my taste. It was wonderful to see Guernica 'in person' though.
|This is the elevator, and below, the line to visit the museum for free. We paid to get in and enjoyed the lighter crowds.|
|I laughed out loud at this souvenir shop offering.|
|This wall of foliage was very impressive but even more so when we got close and realized that they are live plants!|
The highlight of Madrid was the temple though.
Even better than a simple temple trip was the opportunity to go through a session with a recently reactivated member we have been friends with for most of our mission. Our convert almost made it to this session too. It was a year from her baptism date but her confirmation was two weeks later so it didn't work. She went the next week though, so it's all good! There is just no better way to end a mission!
|We also met a ward member who was there for a missionary child's endowment.|
We went to Marseilles and thence to Toulon to visit our friends, Monique and Francoise. We met them in Chile and invited them to visit us in AZ which they did, so we had to visit them in turn. We didn't give them much time as we were anxious to get home for Thanksgiving, but we had a wonderful time in Provence France!
We stayed with them in Francoise's 120 year old farm house. This is one of those places you read about in novels!
|grilling in Provence.|
|Hard to believe.|
|A home made cheese and wild mushroom tart! Monique gathered the mushrooms!!!|
|A gorgeous view of Provence France|
Rod wanted a beret... which we found at a military clothing store.
|eating windfall almonds in the garden.|
|The serious artist?|
Then on the way to the airport we got to sight-see a bit more. We stopped in Aubagne.
|The sign says 'In Aubagne one finds everything, and lots of other stuff.'|
|We also saw the Ile d'If of Count of Monte Cristo fame.|
|I was again fascinated by the contrast between very modern and old.|
|An ancient church.|
|Rod is picky about the art though...|
|We spent our last night in this quirky hotel in Paris.|
We have had such an Amazing experience on our mission. We highly recommend the experience to any and all!!! The Lord can make use of each of us regardless of our talents or lack there of. And the truly miraculous part is that as we work to help and bless His beloved children, we in turn are blessed beyond all measure! Truly!!!