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Arles

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  • Day2

    Arles is a World Heritage city with a lot of Roman remains, namely a small colosseum and an amphitheater. The city is on the left bank of the river Rhône and there is a long promenade alongside. It was nice to eat in a small creperie in the city centre, feeling the flavour of ripe tomato, chèvre cheese and Provence olive oil to relax for a while. The day is beautiful and it’s difficult to see the autumn coming...
    Avignon, the city of the Popes, reminds me immensely of Évora. The city wall is huge and the old city spreads inside. From the Palais des Papes and the cathedral to its side to the bridge of Avignon - only half, by the way - all is very beautiful and well preserved. The view from the gardens is amazing.
    We end up the day in Aix-en-Provence. Maybe because my expectations were high the feeling of delusion also strikes me. The whole city is under construction and it is not so nice as I expected. Nevertheless, the city centre is pleasant enough to have dinner and go back to the country house we stayed in to spend the night.
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  • Day14

    Arles

    October 1 in France

    The notes of Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite keep going through my mind. We are docked near Roquemaure, ready to board the bus for Arles.

    The Romans certainly left their imprint on this part of the world. Their amphitheater here is one of the best preserved Roman structures in the world. Another historical figure who made an impression here was Vincent Van Gogh. He probably drank too much, and he certainly disturbed his neighbors enough for them to circulate a petition requiring him to move. To impress his lady love he cut off his ear with a razor. He then checked into the local hospital, whose courtyard he painted, to keep himself from bleeding to death. We visited it and I attempted to duplicate photographically his work of art. Later he checked into an asylum for the insane near Paris. There he committed suicide by shooting himself. This is a lovely town, and one can certainly feel the influence of Italy both in its history and its religion,and the influence of Van Gogh in its art.Read more

  • Day414

    More Roman ruins today, though thankfully the last batch for a while! These are in Arles, a not-especially-attractive city about an hour south of Avignon.

    We parked up and checked out the main sights - a large amphitheatre, not quite as well preserved as the one in Nimes. There was also a Roman theatre, though much of that was gone too - the one in Orange was in way better condition. But there was also the basilica of Saint-Trophime which had a gorgeous Romanesque portal doorway, covered in sculpture. Romanesque style dates from usually around the 11th-13th centuries and is quite distinctive, so I enjoyed that one.

    Next up we wanted to check out the Cryptoporticus, or the underground tunnels, but these were closed today for undetermined reasons. Next up was the old Roman cemetery on the road just outside of town, semi-interesting but again not much to see.

    Last stop was at the end of the cemetery, an old church which was once a key stop on the Camino del Santiago (aka the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela). The French have their own World Heritage site for their routes to SDC, so we decided that rather than walking it like we eventually might with the Spanish one, we'd just visit a few of the churches and other buildings and call it a day. So we kicked that process off here.

    Back to Avignon around mid-afternoon where I went shopping - my microphone has stopped working and the sound on my videos isn't recording well - lots of wind noise. I bought a proper microphone from an electronics store, but would discover later that it's a powered microphone and won't work with an iPhone! Oh dear - not the best day all round.
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  • Day27

    Arles

    May 21, 2016 in France

    Train trip here. A bit lost finding direction at first until a young French guy showed us the way. Left packs at hotel and toured the town. Visited Fondation Vincent Van Gogh - great!! Also interesting artist from Britain Glenn Brown. Found the arena / amphitheatre they still have bullfights there.(21000 people) in time of Julius Caesar 46BC. Saw the Roman theatre(10000 people) still used today for outdoor theatre productions, near by the East park where we souped & watched a dog swim in the fountain. Bought some Nic nacs.came back to hotel- it has a king size bed in a tiny room!! But it has a little outdoor terrace with chairs and table to sit at later today.Read more

  • Day15

    Über Istres nach Arles

    July 14, 2015 in France

    Jetzt ist die vorletzte Etappe schon wieder vorbei! Wir kamen gut los heute früh am Étang-de-Berre. Und das war auch gut so. Die Straßen waren zwar ziemlich leer heute am Nationalfeiertag - keine LKW's - aber der Mistral blies wieder heftig, eigentlich die gesamte Strecke bis Arles.

    Um 1 waren dann auch am Zeltplatz, leider war sowohl die Rezeption als auch das Restaurant geschlossen. Was tun? Wir fuhren also Richtung Stadt. Da gibt es ja noch einen Zeltplatz - noch dazu mit offenem WiFi, Pool, Restaurant und einem Platz von dem aus es zu Fuß nur ein paar Minuten in die Stadt sind. Na, dann sind wir halt dort geblieben - war einwandfrei!

    Camping City Arles
    Daten: Km Stand: 291 - Hm-Stand: 2275
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  • Day15

    Arles (1)

    July 14, 2015 in France

    Am Abend gings zu Fuß in die Stadt, das wollten wir immer schon mal! Nach einer Runde durch die Stadt, vorbei am "Theatro" - die "Arènes d'Arles" und entlang der Rhone fanden wir die "Plaza" - der Platz mit dem kulinarischen Mittelpunkt von Arles. Zuerst mal einen Rose und ein großes Panaché.

  • Day21

    We see more of the Rhône

    September 13, 2017 in France

    By French standards it was an early start, with our buffet breakfast at 8am and on the bus at 9 o'clock. We were heading to Les Baux-de-Provence, a very picturesque medieval village about 40 minutes' drive away at a fortified rocky site between Arles and St Remy-de-Provence. There is the ancient village, the extensive fortified-chateau area and the magnificent setting and views. The rocky limestone landscape is quite different from anything we've ever seen before, and the village itself is built on a high point overlooking a large area of the surrounding countryside. Fortunately, we arrived quite early and the guide gave us a good tour of the village while things were quiet.

    About an hour later, the hordes started arriving in their bus-loads, but we'd largely seen what we wanted to. The place contains many shops and restaurants, but what they were selling was more touristy than authentic. Nevertheless it was an interesting and worthwhile visit. One certainly wouldn't want to be there at the height of the tourist season. Apparently it is absolute chaos then.

    Around midday we set off on what was our longest boat trip so far, about 4.5 hours downstream, to the town of Arles. It was a pleasant ride, the weather was warm and after lunch we were able to sit out on the deck and observe the great variety of commercial and tourist river traffic. Barges can be up to a massive 190m long, and we saw some which would be close to that limit. A highlight was when we went through the Beaucaire lock, where we dropped a full 17m. Quite an experience. Eventually, we reached the historic city (which city in this area isn't??) of Arles, otherwise known as the open-air museum of Provence. Being in a more enlightened place than Queensland, we were able to enjoy the benefit of daylight saving and take a leisurely walk through the old city. We were particularly taken with the Roman amphitheatre, which seems to be used as a modern-day stadium. We'd have liked to have taken a look inside but simply ran out of time. Like all of the historic cities and towns in France, the place is full of tourists - and tourist traps - but we serious travellers were still able to take in much of its beauty.

    It was then back to the boat for the routine we've become accustomed to; pre-dinner drinks, a very tasty gourmet four-course meal with unlimited drinks, all followed by much merriment and talk until around 1130pm.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Arles, Arlet, آرل, Горад Арль, Арл, Arle, Αρλ, Arlés, ارل, ארל, アルル, არლი, 아를, Arelate, Arlis, Arla, Арль, 阿爾勒

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