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Dave Cazalet, Jr., Director of Grants at Somerset Community College, took the photo on pilgrimage to the land of his Hugenots ancestors, Protestants who fled France rather than choose between being Catholic or being killed. Adair County has benefitted from the malevolent King Louis XIV, with the large number of quite distinguished leaders being descendants of Huguenot Martin Luther Loy, who is the (a?) grand patriarch the Loys in Adair and Russell Counties, KY -CM
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Local artist and Somerset, KY, resident Dave Cazalet took a photo of an ancient Roman bridge during a visit to the south of France in April of 2008. The picture was selected by Fodor's, the well-known publisher of travel guides, for inclusion in their Fodor's France 2011 guidebook.


"I had the opportunity to visit the small town of Sommieres in 2008," Cazalet said. "That is where my ancestors lived before they had to leave France around 1700. They were Huguenots. That's what French Protestants were called. King Louis XIV wanted all of France to be Catholic. My family refused to give up their religion, so they had to leave or be killed."

"I took the photo early in the morning. I had just been wandering around the village, when I came around a corner and saw the bridge and clicked a picture." He said. "The whole town of Sommieres is actually construction on top of both ends of the old Roman bridge."

Sommieres is located near Montpellier and Nice in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in Southern France.

"I'm a customer of Fodor's online and when they asked customers to 'Show us your France,' I sent them several pictures that I took during my visit and they decided to use this one in their 2011 guidebook," Cazalet said.

Cazalet, who is also a painter, said that he had painted the scene in the photo several times and that the paintings had always sold.

"I guess people like the tranquility of the picture," he added. "I think it expresses the traditional pace of life in a French village."

Fodor's publishes more than 300 guidebooks to destinations around the world. The guidebooks are sold in bookstores everywhere. Fodor's is a division of Random House, Inc.


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Travel: Sommieres, France photo to be in travel guide



2010-09-16 - Photo by Dave Cazalet, Jr.. Sommieres, France
Fodor's, the publisher of travel guidebooks, selected this photograph by local artist and Somerset resident David Cazalet for inclusion in its Fodor's France 2011 guidebook. The photo was taken in April, 2008, during a visit to Sommieres, a small village located in Southern France. Cazalet's ancestors lived in Sommieres in the 17th Century before coming to the United States. The photographer is Director of Grants for Somerset Community College, Somerset, KY

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