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UFR Civilisations et Humanités

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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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  • 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.

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