Jim and Randy in the center of the charming, historic village of Langres, France. Behind them is a statue of hometown boy Denis Diderot, one of the leading figures of the Enlightenment, which so affected America's Founding Fathers. Diderot was both a philosopher and author, but his greatest fame came as co-editor of the Encyclopedie, one of the works that helped shape European and American thinking.
They sure don't make roofs like this anymore! These magnificent tile roofs are all over France, especially the Bordeaux and Champagne regions, and one is more beautiful than the next.
Inside The Cathedrale St Mammes, we were moved by this graceful statue, set perfectly in the afternoon light.
You can take a 3.5KM walk along the ramparts that surround Langres, parts of which date back 2,000 years. They are among the longest surviving medieval walls in Europe. Notice Jim on the right climbing the stairs.
A View from the walls of Langres out over the surrounding countryside, rich with world famous Bordeaux vineyards side by side with other farm lands.
People still live in these homes in Langres today. Wouldn't that be an adventure?
Jim takes it all in
So much to explore in this ancient, living city!
Our recording of "Julius Caesar and the Story of Rome" refers in part to Caesar's conquest of Gaul, including what today constitutes much of France. ("Gallo" refers to "Gaul".) It's always fascinating to see how the works of our ancient ancestors are still part of modern life. Langres is a prime example, with a mix of Gallo-Roman, medieval, renaissance and more contemporary elements, perched on a defensible hill, and looking out over rich agricultural lands that have been farmed through eras of peace and conflict for thousands of years.