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Aug 26, 2013 - Arles 26 Aug 13

This morning we arrived in Arles, after a short stop in Tarrascon. The town was developed by the Romans in 46 BC and included an Amphitheartre which has been restored and is now used for equestrian events and bullfighting. The bullfighting is quite popular in the south of France and draws huge crowds. We had a good guided tour of the town this afternoon, after a lazy morning. We have a farewell dinner tonight as we depart Arles in the morning by coach for Monaco. Best wishes to all of you.

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Jul 14, 2013 - Arles

We are loving Arles. We walked around today visiting the historical sites - the Roman amphitheatre (arena), Constantine's baths, Cloitre Saint-Trophime, the crypts and the lovely old streets of the historical centre of Arles. Tim loved filming the various musicians he came across. It's not too big, which makes it easy to see on foot. We came back to the hotel later in the afternoon to swim and read by the pool and then dinner in the square (Place de Forum). Very, very lovely day.

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France July 2013

Jul 13, 2013 - Arles

This morning we left Canet en Rousillon, returned our rental and caught the train at Perpignan. We had to connect with a different train in Narbonne . There was a couple of hours between trains and the 2nd was delayed a bit so we hung out in the waiting room. It was a little stressful getting the next one - trying to make sure we had the right one. The trains do not wait so you have to be ready and when you're not positive you've got the right one (we couldn't see the train number where it is usually posted) it's scary. We did get the right...

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France July 2013

Jun 17, 2013 - Cassis and Arles

Sunday. The day to relax. It started as a relaxing morning. We had breakfast at the hotel and then got on our bus to head to Cassis. It was two hours away. Once there, one of my students realized she did not have her purse with her, and it was nowhere on the bus. (By the way, if you are one of the parents reading this and were not contacted by your daughter about this, it was not your daughter.) Through lots of backtracking, we figured out the last place she had it was in the breakfast room at the hotel. I was quite sure it was there. I...

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RHS/ZHS France 2013

May 15, 2013 - Controversial Julius Caesar head highlight of Arles antiquity museum

Well, Richard recovered enough from our marathon at Avignon yesterday to strike out for Arles today. The city became an important Phoenician trading port, before being taken by the Romans in 123 BCE who expanded it into an important city, with a canal link to the Mediterranean Sea being constructed in 104 BCE. However, it struggled to escape the shadow of Massalia (Marseilles) further along the coast. Its chance came when it sided with Julius Caesar against Pompey, providing military support. Massalia backed Pompey; when Caesar emerged...

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Apr 15, 2013 - The first ride

I finally got my push bike back on the road and decided that I would get the crew to drop me and the bike off at the Pont de Van Gogh and use the bike path I had spied last time I was there. But first, a short detour to have a little look through the market in Arles again. The strong smells of 20 or more spices fragrantly floating on the crisp morning air, tantalising and teasing your nose in search of that particular herb or spice and differentiate between them. After the dot and dash of following the rest of the countryside, who had...

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Mar 24, 2013 - Les Saints Maries de la Mer

Saturday finally arrived and with it my chance to try for the markets in Arles again...so through the streets of town and past the avenues of Plane Trees (apparently they are called London Plane trees which are planted along the roadside to absorb pollution...) The incredible displays of flowers, mostly edible, that are planted in the little gardens on roundabouts and around important village signage is always stunning and the one outside the Tourist information in Port St Louis is no different. Along the country roads where the wheat...

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Mar 10, 2013 - flamingos

I hit the road early this morning in anticipation of the divine profiteroles with croquant toffee tops that the fellow makes fresh for the markets in Arles but after driving through the mist and frost for an hour I found that the markets were not on so had to head back to the Port and put up with 3 day old Chausson Pomme (apple turnover) and a tea in my room. The Restaurant opened for lunch and after waiting patiently for my Club Poulet (Cloob Pooleh in French), it sounds so exotic, no? What turned up on the plate was a little different to...

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Nov 16, 2012 - Roman the Ruins

are in Arles, "Little Rome of Gaul", once the second richest city in the Roman Empire (Rome being the first). This city was beloved by Van Gogh, where he was briefly joined by Paul Gaugain. During his stay here from 1888-89, he produced 200 paintings and 100 drawings. Here is where he cut off his ear lobe and spent time in the hospital. We decided to do a self guided tour of the many Roman ruins found here. We did meet up with one of the tour groups from the boat to get our free entry into the Amphitheater, Les Arenes. It dates to the 1st...

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Out in Africa

Sep 30, 2012 - Avignon day 5 - Boat trip to Arles

Today Arles via a long boat down the Rhone, with lunch included, turned out to be a long trip, thankfully in the morning weather cleared after heavy rain over night. Bit of a classy affair on the boat just sitting at your table drinking & eating while enjoying the views. We only tasted a small part of what The Hardings must have enjoyed. Unfortunately going through the loch took a lot longer as we had to wait for other boats coming the other way, so we had less time in Arles to look around. Made it to the amphi-theatre and the roman...

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Buts Mer de Mer 2012

Sep 17, 2012 - Winery; Pont du Gard

Had a bit of a shock this morning. I set the clock one hour off last night and happened to awaken at 8:00 thinking it was 7:00. Yikes! Adrenaline helped us get up, dressed, packed, over to another building for breakfast and back to the lobby at 9:00 to get on our bus! (This is the first time this has happened; not good for the blood pressure!) Our lunch stop was great – a local family-owned winery (since 1978). Sylvianne gave us an excellent tour explaining the many tools and ways they raise their 80 acres of grapes and 10 acres of fruits...

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Jul 27, 2012 - Arles, France

After a 1 ¼ hour bus ride from Viviere to Arles [Arla] we had a guided walking tour. The Roman amphitheater was quite well restored and now used for “Bull races” instead of gladiator fights. They say no blood is involved; the young men try to cut colored ribbons from between the bull's horns with a special tool... Van Gogh spent some time here so we saw some sights were he'd spent time, including in a hospital. The Town Hall and another church were beautiful. As we walked on our own back to the boat we passed a huge Roman bath that was...

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