Our experiences in 2014 have been rewarding beyond our dreams. Taking the time to look back over all of our blog posts, Facebook posts, and photos has made it all seem even more unbelievable. It’s been a Year of Nomadic Family Travel and it’s hard to believe all that we’ve done and the amazing places that we’ve visited. We are truly grateful to have spent the year exploring and learning together, living abroad, and making friends.
There was so much to cover in our year-end review, that we felt that our recollections needed to be broken up into two parts for easier reading. If you haven’t read Part 1, which covers January – June, then you can find it here. Otherwise, read on as we cover our adventures from July – December.
Avignon’s Christmas nativity scenes and Little Saints are a must-see. These elaborate and traditional displays are also known as the crèche Provençale or Provençal crib and they have been around since the French Revolution. At that time, churches were forcibly closed and sacked. Both masses and nativity scenes were banned. In response, devout Christians created their own crèche to keep the tradition alive in their homes. They crafted “santons”, or little saints, made of clay. These figurines not only included the Holy Family, shepherds and Three Kings, but also the ordinary peasants of Provence.
Avignon is a beautiful city any day of the year, but who can resist any city decorated for the holidays. Beautiful. These Avignon Christmas street scenes will inspire you to spend your next winter vacation in the South of France. Even if you’re a Scrooge, you simply can’t beat the weather. You won’t be disappointed.
The Avignon Christmas Market is located at the Place de l’Horloge, the central square of Avignon, in front […]
Our family spent a nomadic Christmas in France – and it was perfect. So, how do you celebrate Christmas with a 9-year-old while traveling? What do you do about presents when you are living out of backpacks?