Monday, July 6, 2015

Chateauneuf du Pape

I'm back!! 
Another long break from the blog
but this time back with LOTS of photos. 

I was gone for nearly a month
mostly in France
two weeks of which were spent in Provence. 

This first blog/set of photos 
are from the charmingly sweet town of Chateauneuf du Pape
which means New Castle of the Pope. 

You've no doubt heard of it 
because it's famous for its red wines. 

It sits about 12 kilometers from Avignon
and its castle was begun in the 14th century for one of the popes
who lived in Avignon. 

But the very first mention of it 
is in the 11th century
so lots of medieval remnants. 

Flowers everywhere

and a medieval street that leads to the castle ruin at the top. 

Lots of eateries and tasting rooms

And as with most of these little medieval towns,
the view at the top is spectacular. 

There was construction going on at the top
so didn't get photos of the castle ruins. 

After lunch in town, 
we visited a chocolaterie just outside of town
where we paired a few red wines with chocolate. 

And visited the Musee du Vin
which will be included in another post. 

But the biggest news about my trip
was my visit to the cave of Mary Magdalene
(said to have spent the last 30 years of her life 
in a cave in Provence.) 

That will be a big post of its own as well. 
Some of you know that I've included Mary Magdalene in my novel
so to visit her cave was a remarkable research trip for me
as well as my own personal pilgrimage
(both to honor the Divine Feminine.) 

Needless to say,
I'm very excited to have been there
and am still processing my experience.
But I'll be sharing more France and Greece photos
before that blog post arrives. 
Till then, happy summer! 

(All photos copyright Kirsten Steen)


  1. The view is breathtaking! Thank you so much for sharing this, Kristen.

  2. Oh Kirsten, a month? Heaven. Can't wait to see and hear more.


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