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Dec 21, 2015 - Aigues-Mortes

Heading east from Les Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer we visited the town of Aigues-Mortes (meaning Dead Waters) which was founded in 1240 by Louis IX. He was the first French King to have a Mediterranean port and it was from here he departed on the Crusades. He built a castle here which included the Constance Tower which still stands today. In approaching the town we were amazed by the massive city walls and towers which remain virtually intact. These 1640 metres of city walls were built in two phases: the first during the reign of Philippe III the...

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Nov 11, 2007 - The Carmargue and Pink Flamingoes

Decided to avoid Montpelier on the way to our friends place near avignon and take the coastal road up into the carmargue. Threading our way along the edges of the lakes, often between a lake and the sea we saw wild horses, herds of the local black cattle and small flocks of pink Flamingoes on some of the lakes. it seems some hardy souls among them choose to stay in france for the winter rather than migrate to north africa. Spent the night camped alongside the walls of the town of Aigues Mortes, this town was an important port in the 13th...

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Jul 11, 2007 - France and hopefully some sun!

We stayed the final Swiss night in Sophie (Renaud's niece) and Xavier's home, as Philippe and Inona have their apartment swathed in plasterers' cloth, fixing leak stains that they have been waiting to be done for over a year (is this the same Switzerland where the buses and trains leave exactly on time??) We got up at the crack of dawn (and 7 degrees) to leave for France with Philippe and Inona. We drove across the border - no such thing as borders checks now really, you just slow down and they stop you I guess if they don't like the look...

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May 22, 2006 - La Carmargue

Learning in France so far - don't use the motorways! They may be free in Spain, but they are not in France..... Stopped for our first night in Carcassone which has a beautiful mediaeval walled section (13km of walls) Fun to walk through - and great to be in a French town - all lovely and pretty with flowers, lots of trees and great shops! Also spent a few days in the Carmargue region - a big swamp with mad cowboy types who chase cattle up and down the streets! Had our introduction to the famous Mistral as well - the wind drive horizontally...

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