Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Avignon, here I come!

Hubby and I are planning a road trip to the south of France.... to Avignon, Marseille, Monaco, St. Tropez, Nice, and Cannes. Never been there before but I like France...... aways had. And who knows, maybe I'll bump into Brad Pitt and George Clooney in Cannes! hehehehe So I googled Avignon. Guess what I found? It says that the city was chosen by Pope Clement V as his residence and was the seat of Papacy (instead of Rome) from 1309 to 1377.

I wondered who Pope Clement V was, so I googled him as well. Truth is, my knowledge about the subject is very limited.

Apparently, Pope Clement V (1264-1314) is memorable in history for suppressing the order of the Templars (or the Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon); disbanded the Order and had dozens of them burned at the stake in Paris.

The Knight Templars however, did not cease to exist and instead became associated with legends like King Arthur and Sir Galahad, even movies such as Indiana Jones (search for the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant), and novels like Ivanhoe, The Three Musketeers, and the famous The Da Vinci Code.

This trip sounds very exciting now! Oui, oui! hahahaha

Last year, I was in Somerset to visit my highschool classmate and friend, Lumen. She knows about my passion for Arthurian legend and took me to Glastonbury Abbey. The monastery was associated with the legends of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. I walked the grounds that Arthur did. So legend or not, that trip had moved me.

Am I in search of the Holy Grail as well? Makes me wonder. hahahahaha It's probably just a coincidence, who knows? But one thing is for sure, I will definitely have a great time. For now, I am doing a crash course on French in Dutch! Oui, oui.... in DUTCH!


cherie said...


aysus, amo na lang an aram ko. enjoy yourselves! mag-ingat!

Droomvla said...

Bien. Naks! hahahaha

Nanu kay maaram ka magfrench? Nag adal ka sa Alliance?

cherie said...

haha - in-enrol ako ni mommy didto sa makati na dili ako nagmarangno...wara na ako, aram! merci, madame, hahahaha!

Droomvla said...

makunswelo man ha? hahahaha

Jesusa Arevalo said...

manay, maupod man tabi ako:)

Droomvla said...

kadi na dear, kay mapuroparada kita san beauty ta didto. hahahaha