and drove southeast towards Besançon where we got to see an old friend. She
invited us to stay with her and asked us to go to her classes and speak to her
students (in English). After our “English classes”, we started visiting the
Vernois villages. Google maps had identified four of them; the Garmin GPS had
found a fifth… All of the villages were small – I would guess about 400-500
people. After we arrived in each one of the villages, we took pictures of the
town sign and then went to visit the cemetery to see if there were any
‘Vernois’ buried there. Two days of visits (and about five hundred kilometers
on the car) but no luck.
We stayed in Ornans while we did our genealogy research. A lovely village. A lovely hotel (La Table de Gustave). Before leaving, we went through the museum dedicated to Gustave Courbet, an artist born in Ornans and a major influence (my perspective) on the development of the impressionist style.
…And then to Vaison la Romaine!