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Rivah Visitor's Guide

One Woman's Opinion

Order Mary Buxton’s books
imageLife and love in the rural tidewater area of Virginia is a common thread that runs through nearly all of Mary Wakefield Buxton's books. The push and pull of old and new, North and South, man and woman, life and death, are discovered, illuminated and reflected upon in each of them. Such is the heart and soul of a writer.


A Busy Summer
Whew, I can’t believe I am back to writing this column again and so soon. It seems like yesterday I took the summer off. If summers pass by any faster, I’m going to have to start carving out the pumpkin for Halloween in August and stuffing the Thanksgiving turkey in September.


French Connection, Conclusion
imageOur last day trip in Provence was to Marseille, a beautiful port city on the Med founded in 600 BC by the Greeks. Because the sea is bright blue in Marseille it is part of the “Cote d’ Azure.” Husband Chip remembered his ship stopping at Marseille in 1961 when he was in the U.S. Navy. “It was a dump back then,” he recalled, before being restored to its beautiful state now.


French Connection, Part 7
A day trip inland to the city of Arles on the Rhone River was next. Arles, “marsh” in Latin, well described the low land reclaimed by the Romans to build their town. More extraordinary Roman ruins; amazing to see the Roman coliseum in Arles was in better condition than the one in Rome.


French Connection, Part 6
imageA trip by private van to Cassis, a small harbor village on the Med was next. What an experience. Our driver was a madman who, whenever excited (about the coming election), he flung his arms up to the sky in furious passion leaving the steering wheel to steer itself.


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