Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Carcassonne, France 1972

After my visit to Switzerland in 1972, my next destination on my itinerary was France. I ended up leaving southwestern Germany where I was staying with my half-sister, took a train through Alsace on the way to southern France. This route took me down the Rhone River valley and on to Arles before heading west to Narbonne on the Mediteranean coast. From there I caught a train heading inland to the city of Carcassonne which was my first destination. The old fortified city dates from the time of the Visigoths, a Germanic tribe originating from the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea that settled this area and on south into Spain. The Visigoths left their homeland during the movement of various tribes into what was left of the Roman Empire. The walls were restored in the mid-19th Century. There was a television program that I watched in the early 1960s about a war between the English and the French (Black Prince). Carcassonne was the setting for this program. I was intrigued enough to want to see the place firsthand. Google to find out more!
Here's a view of the typical countryside in southwestern France. It was overcast weather but warm, not ideal weather for taking photos but I did my best.
Here's a view of the castle which I ended up taking a tour through and a view of the River Aude with the old city of Carcassonne in the background.
And what would France be without vineyards!
After my stop in Carcassonne it was off to Paris and then Strasbourg, Alsace in eastern France. I took no photos in Paris (it was pouring rain when I arrived at my hotel on the Rue de Gramont) but I did take a walk the next day in the old streets of Paris before heading off to Strasbourg where I did take quite a few interesting photos. The weather in Paris was starting to get better as I left. Its known for its rainy weather because of its proximity to the English Channel and the weather systems coming off the Atlantic Ocean. You'll see the photos of Strasbourg next. Meantime, enjoy these!! - V


DeepBlue said...

Superbe! Wunderschön!
I've always wanted to see Carcassonne, even more than Paris.
In fact, if I ever go to France, I'll head to the south: Cévennes, Corbières, Aquitaine, Périgord... those are the places I want to see.

Unfortunately, Carcassonne has become quite a famous tourist attraction and I'm afraid I might be dissapointed.

You pictures are wonderful. Considering the year and your age, I'm wondering if you had taken photography classes. Also, you must have had a damn good camera to take such high-resolution photographs. It also crossed my mind when I watch your picture of Schweiss!

SpiritMountainGuy said...

Thanks, Jon!

To take the photos that I did I borrowed my cousin's 35mm reflex camera (Voigtlaender) and got quite proficient at using it too.

I hadn't taken a photography course but I guess its was just the case of a naturally born talent in photography. Having an eye for what is beautiful and scenic certainly helps.

When you see the images taken in Strasbourg, you'll see that talent!

Also, I tended to avoid tour groups and planned my own itineraries to check out what really interested me in a slow methodical process.

- Volker