La Fontaine des Amours is a stunning heart shaped pool with a cascade. The literal translation is Fountain of love or the Lovers Fountain. It is very close to Rennes Les Bains. To get there, head out of Rennes Les Bains away from Couiza and towards Bugarach. After a few hundred yards, take the left turn on the D74, signposted Sougraigne. The road goes over a small stream while veering sharply to the right after a couple of hundred yards. Look out for parking places on the right hand side, and there is a short path down to the river.
For nearly a thousand years, the narrow, lonely canyon of the Alzou has been home to a cluster of buildings clinging to the rock half way up the sheer cliffs; and from this improbable spot, a powerful call has gone out, drawing millions of the faithful to the shrine of the Black Virgin of Rocamadour.
I know. I just wrote two newsletters, one about the Spring of 2017, mainly about Friesland and the other about my trip to Cambodia. But recently things have happened that I would like to share with you.
It was a trip to France, a ten day trip, by car.
A trip for many reasons. First of all Joke and Franklin had been here in Exmorra, looking through my grocery stores where they had selected a nice variety of interesting items from the supply that is still filling my attic. And because Joke and Franklin run a wonderful borocante called “Renaissance’ in Quillan and have many Dutch and English customers, some of these goods were in high demand.
Also in great demand was the Van Nelle Zware Shag for Axel. Considerably cheaper in Luxembourg as anywhere else.
And the new booksshop in Rennes-le-Chateau, run by Helene, had asked Joke several times for more of my books. They are selling well in her shop to mainly Dutch, Belgian, English and American customers.
So I had a full load to carry to France.
And apart from that I wanted to visit some special places on the way to France and on the way back and to meet old friends and also to see for myself what crazy things had happened in the church in Rennes-le-Chateau.
And finally Door would come over for a few days. She was to drive back with me to the Netherlands and show me where she had been working in Vittel.
Incredible how much can be seen, how much can be done and how much can happen in just a few days. You’ll see!
A new journey, an adventurous trip, a journey that took place just in the nick of time because of my last entry. We are a small group, a select group, a group of nine people, not counting our tour guide.
Here is a personal account of this particular trip, primarily for the group itself. The official itinerary is in the brochures and on the website of Djoser.
Note: Please be aware that the text was translated by computer from Dutch into English, It was a great job, but some of my personal style got of course lost.
Please click on the tab with date below to see the days stories. Enjoy.
L'un des livres les plus émouvants que j'aie jamais lus. Vous allez aimer les aventures de l'adorable Jamie. Il est si jeune, si passionné, si innocent, si gentil et si humain qu'il va enflammer votre imagination. Les vérités humaines n'ont jamais été dites si simplement que dans l'histoire de Jamie sur son nuage. J'étais fasciné et ne pouvais attendre pour savoir ce qu'il allait lui arriver. Parfois, je riais, parfois je pleurais avec Jamie. Mais à aucun moment je n'ai arrêté ma lecture ! Lorsque je levais le nez du livre, j'étais surpris de me retrouver dans une pièce ordinaire. J'ai entendu dire que Jaap allait écrire la suite de l'histoire de Jamie et je ne peux pas attendre !
Who was Mary Magdalene? Was she a prostitute; a woman of high birth or a priestess of Isis? What was her relationship with Jesus? Were they partners, were they married, did they have children? What happened during and after the crucifixion? Did Jesus die on the cross or not? Did Mary Magdalene flee to France? Flee alone, with Jesus or with a group of her followers? Where did she land in France, where did she go and what did she do? On these and more questions Jaap Rameijer has one and sometimes more answers. What was her relationship with the Knights Templars and with the Cathars? Or for that matter the Holy Grail? Was she a reincarnation of the Mother Goddess? Did she carry the same energy as the Black Madonna’s in France? During his years of research Jaap came up with several important findings. The book contains hundreds of beautiful photos of Mary Magdalene in various representations. And photos of Black Madonna’s, churches, basilicas, caves, and wonderful sacred places. And of Mary Magdalene in love with Jesus. Special chapters have been written about Sacred Femininity, about France as the second Holy Land and about a pilgrimage along the most important places where Mary Magdalene is still ‘present’ and venerated. The book concludes with a message for the Christian churches.
Jamie on his Cloud is a fable about a gentle and caring spirit boy who is reincarnated on Earth and undergoes many important and spiritual experiences, both delightful and tragic. Historical and mythological events alike are brought to life, especially relating to the magical lands of southern France. This story illustrates the spiritual purposefulness of human life. It is written for all ages.
Hapy to Announce that my book MEN ARE DIFFERENT is now available on Amazon/Kindle. Thank you Tina and Abraham for getting the book in its proper content, format and design as I liked. Hope you all will enjoy!
Abraham and I have worked hard and passionately for the past months to produce e-books for Mary Magdalene in France and the Beauty and Message of Orbs. We have concluded the development, make-up and illustrations of Mary Magdalene. It has been an iterative process to come to the right presentation...
I am happy and proud to present to you my book published by Aspekt of “Maria Magdalena in Frankrijk” .It deals with my research and investigations on the following:
Who was Mary Magdalene? What was her relationship with Jesus? What happened during and after the crossing? She fled to France? In...
I am happy and proud to present to you my new book “Jamie on his cloud.” A book, I must say, written in a dreamy state of mind. Almost like automatic writing. Sometimes I was smiling while writing. Smiling about the strange adventures of Jamie and his lovely, little girlfriend...