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Viking Buri Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Behold the French

Viking Buri Cruise Review by elcraig

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2019
  • Destination: Europe

Behold the French

by Craig Parker

Start at Privas, in a rustic chateau

Nathalie and Camille's nuptial bliss

Take a short break from mad life on the go

Castles and promises, sealed with a kiss

Here among stonework with high spires and walls

Solemn vows spoken to bell towers and cries

Where are answers when the heart softly calls

Rhone-Alpes Mountains sit in shady disguise

Two major rivers converge in Lyon

With peace, St. Blandina lives in us all

Days of resistance were endlessly long

Perhaps we'll meet in a Traboulen hall

Beaujolais countryside, home to Gamay

Developing grapes with thought and amour

On quiet hillsides, terroir is the way

With our dying breath, we seek one last pour

Quite overwhelming, Vienne's test of time

With Roman, Gothic, and Middle East site

Cars whizzing by absent reason or rhyme

As I try to learn how to say "oui" right

Avignon, magnifique, home to the popes

Tending with grace sick, wounded, and dead

Though we praise guidance and love of our hopes

Don't forget taxes to butter their bread

Grand Avignon hums with joie de vivre arts

Energy, bodies, and multiple shows

Life and death tales are the sum of their parts

Pont d'Avignon shows us where our life goes

While strong Mistral winds carouse and abate

Mi amor, I sigh, my words will not do

As lavender fields make eyes celebrate

In each morning light, I long to see you

Wrestling Arles demons that triumph within

Seeking pure virtue of singular sight

Shackled to quagmires we never can win

Chasing illusions of Van Gogh's sweet light

South of France people, both kind and polite

With food, culture, and a countryside charm

One day we'll return and treasure the sight

To behold the French, be they dark or warm.

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