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  • Day15

    Les Carrieres de Lumieres

    September 4, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We always expected that today was going to be a hard day at the office, and that is exactly how it turned out to be. Ever since we arrived in Provence about 12 days ago, we have been subjected to an unbroken run of hot weather. Considering we had arrived directly from the middle of a cold Melbourne winter, the weather has certainly been our biggest challenge.

    To make matters even worse, the forecast keeps changing every day. After our hot stay in Caumont Sur Durance, we were led to believe that the hot weather would cease as soon as we begun the bike and boat section. It didn't. In fact the sequence keeps being extended every time we read a new forecast. It is now appearing that we will not get any real relief until we travel up to Nevers next Monday.

    Today's ride was not only going to be the longest day so far, but it also had the toughest climb of the entire week. Our cycling guide had tried to encourage us by telling us that he once had a 92 year old complete the climb, however he failed to mention what sort of weather conditions the cycling Methuselah had completed his epic ride in. He also did not say exactly how long it took them,

    Of course, before we reached the climb we stopped at the town of St Remy de Provence. To our delight, we arrived right in the middle of an enormous market. The women in particular squealed with delight at the prospect of being able to buy even more stuff that they didn't need. I bought a leather belt for 5 Euro. The vendor truthfully told me that it "was not made in France". "Ce n'est pas possible" he explained.

    The market spread out over a huge area, and we never did manage to fully explore it. I managed to lose Maggie in the first 3 minutes, but I was happy to find an ice cream seller and a fruit vendor selling punnets of wonderful raspberries and blackberries. That meant that lunch was taken care of.

    Although it was only shortly after noon, the sun was already beating down relentlessly and the temperature was soaring back into the 30s. I should also be honest in pointing out that I am not a climber. In fact I am not precisely sure of exactly what I am, but climbing does not come naturally for me. It may be due to the fact that I am a rolly polly sort of guy who has to work about 60% harder that the tiny fly weight riders like Russell, Vicki and Kay.

    As we began the much anticipated climb I could feel the sun beating on my face. I slid the gear selector down to the lowest ratio and hoped I could find some lower ones. The sweat started flowing and my breath started huffing. I tried not to look at the road ahead and to just keep the pedals turning.

    I thought I was doing all right until a tiny shadow flew past on my left. At first I thought that it might have been just a speck on my glasses or a little dragonfly, but that would not have explained where the singing was coming from. It turned out to be Russell - apparently a tiny puff of wind had collected him and blown him straight to the top of the mountain,

    At the half way point the group assembled to decide whether or not to take the option of a lift to the summit. I am sure that several were sorely tempted, but the Ghostriders are built of exceptional stuff and the entire group decided to keep pedalling. The expectant van driver had to leave without a single fare. We later were told by the guide that this was the first time that had happened.

    About a kilometre further on I became aware that my nose had started bleeding. This is something that I have suffered intermittently from for over 40 years, but the timing could not have been worse. I had no choice but to pull over and wait for the bleeding to stop. The rest of the group left me haemorrhaging and continued their slow grind to the top.

    I won't labour over the rest of the details of the climb, suffice to say that I did finally make the top. The crest of the mountain is marked by the medieval village of Les Beaux de Provence. This has now become a huge tourist mecca, complete with a succession of tour buses and thousands of tourists. Not exactly my type of place.

    The main reason we had chosen to ride to this spot was not to see the thousands of tourists cramming in the village, but to experience Les Carrieres de Lumieres. This is an amazing sound and light display that has been set up in an unused Bauxite mine. I was just glad that it was cool inside. I took a seat and pressed my back against the cold rock. It turned out to be a bad idea. The sudden change of temperature caused my back to spasm and left me in agony. It took all my resolve to hobble to the cafetaria to get a coffee (actually two). The young assistant took pity on me and filled my drink bottle with ice and water. There are some advantages to looking about 92 years of age after all.

    We still had a long and hot ride of around 30 km to get to our boat at Arles. The final few km through the busy centre of the city were particularly stressful. By the time we arrived, we were all exhausted and spent the first twenty minutes rehydrating and trying to recover from the heat. Fortunately the evening meal was easily the best of the cruise so far. That was a popular end to a very tiring day.
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    Mary Kinch

    Hello from Italy Dennis et al!! I have done that same climb to le Baux 2 yrs ago...... good on all of you!! I feel like maybe I have died and gone to heaven in the Italian alps... it is so beautiful and spectacular here in the Dolomites. great bikes... yes some climbs( modest not toooooo hard( we . Today we did a sensational20 k descent ...) .. jaw dropping scenery abounds.... temps about 25 max- starts at 15 earlier in the day ... coffee and food is sensational! . take care all.. Mary KinchXX

    9/5/19Reply
    Dennis Dawson

    Hi Mary, it is wonderful that you are having a ball in Italy. You will have to tell me all about it.

    9/6/19Reply
    Kay Everson

    Fabulous experience 👌

    9/7/19Reply
     
  • Day21

    Arles - Eine Reise in die Vergangenheit

    September 23, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Wer dachte Avignon wäre schön, hat Arles noch nicht gesehen❤️! Untergekommen sind wir in einem historischen Wohnviertel bei Zoe, die wie sie uns eben beim Abendessen erzählt hat, selbst mit 22 Jahren für drei Jahre und acht Monate, um die Welt gereist ist und das ohne Internet und Kreditkarte - wirklich beeindruckend!!! Ihr Haus ist aus dem 17. Jahrhundert, super klein, verwinkelt und einfach zum Wohlfühlen... Hier wären wir wirklich gerne länger geblieben, aber morgen geht es weiter nach Nimes :)Read more

    Wilfred Lampe

    Das freut uns

    9/23/19Reply
    Michèlle Schnitker

    Das sieht man. 😍

    9/23/19Reply
    Mira Schneider

    Grandioses Licht zu dieser Jahreszeit auf diesen schönen Bauwerken 🥰

    9/24/19Reply
    Janina Lampe

    Ja das Wetter ist einfach top! Strahlend blauer Himmel und Sonnenschein ☀️

    9/24/19Reply
     
  • Day18

    Hotel du Musee, Arles

    September 29, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    First day in Arles and things are looking good. We may be back in a hotel room, but it is a very nice one in a very promising hotel. The building is old but they have done an excellent job of creating spacious, airy rooms in it without destroying its character. And what bliss, a shower with enough space that I can wash below my knees! We checked in and had a little ramble around town and a quick stop at the information centre.
    Many of the restaurants were closed on Sunday so we just set off to see what we could find and ended up stopping at a place with an actual live piano player. Now truth be told my meal wasn't that good, but the music was. The pianist was pretty good and he could sing - kind of a Tom Waits/Nick Cave growl style that I liked. And to top it off some a very passable jazz songstress happened to be passing by and joined in for some old standards. A table outside in a courtyard - I was in heaven.
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    You certainly have done your research and advance Planning to be spending such pleasurable moments in beautiful places my friends--Totally enjoy a wonderful holiday--Beau

    9/29/19Reply

    We will hold down the fort at Elvin's beautiful Cafe--Beau

    9/29/19Reply

    I have been keeping all informed of your Holiday events--Beau

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  • Day19

    Thermes de Constatin

    September 30, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    The Roman baths in Arles, as with the amphitheatre, were thoroughly remodeled by people looking for space to live or a shop to the point they more or less disappeared completely and people forgot they were even there. They have been excavated and restored to a point where you can get an idea of how they fit together.Read more

    The Romans certainly knew how to enjoy a beautiful Bath with friends--Beau

    9/30/19Reply

    Did we by any chance get to visit the cages where the Lions were housed before they were turned loose to eat the Christians--Beau

    9/30/19Reply
    Phil Douglas

    It was pretty much geared towards the use they make of it now - mainly for the bullfights.

    10/1/19Reply
    Rosemary Douglas

    Ma lookin so cute!

    10/10/19Reply
     
  • Day10

    Arles

    September 25, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Morbider Charme stand im Reiseführer über Arles - und das trifft es. Die Stadt ist schon schön und interessant, aber ein bisschen runtergekommen. Und an manchen Stellen hat man den Eindruck, die Versntwortlichen geben sich keine Mühe mehr, die Touris kommen ja sowieso. Etwa im Amphitheater: Kostenloser Audioguide wie in Nîmes? Fehlsnzeige. Zwei dürftige Erklärtafeln, das war‘s für 9 Euro Eintritt (okay, mit dem römischen Theater nebenan).Read more

  • Day20

    Van Gough

    October 1, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Van Gough had his artistic breakout and perhaps his most productive and significant period here in and around Arles. Unfortunately for Arles, none of his paintings were left behind, but they take what credit they can. We did a walk connecting the sites of some of his most famous paintings including Starry Night.Read more

  • Day1

    Arles

    August 1, 2020 in France ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Arles, am Ufer der Rhone in der südfranzösischen Region Provence gelegen, war unser erstes Ziel und Ausgangspunkt für die erste Woche unserer Frankreichreise.
    Der Name Arles ist untrennbar mit dem Maler Vincent Van Gogh verbunden. 15 Monate hielt der Maler sich hier auf und erlebte eine ungemein produktive Schaffensphase, in der mehr als 300 seiner Werke entstanden. Die meisten von ihnen bilden die Stadt oder ihre Umgebung ab, so dass Besucher anhand der Gemälde eine Stadttour unternehmen können. Doch Van Gogh ist nicht der einzige Künstler, der sich von dem Charme Südfrankreichs inspirieren ließ, auch Picasso lebte zeitweilig hier. Er war ein großer Anhänger des Stierkampfs und besuchte so oft wie möglich die Feria d'ArlesRead more

  • Day5

    Arles, Musée Réattu

    August 5, 2020 in France ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Eigentlich wollten wir in die Foundation Vincent van Gogh, weil van Gogh lange in Arles lebte und hier in der Camargue viele seiner Werke entstanden sind. Jetzt hat die Foundation momentan genau ein! Bild von van Gogh ausgestellt... also Planänderung.
    Wir entschieden uns spontan für das Musée Réattu, ein kleines und intimes Museum, das verschiedene Zeiträume und Stile gegenüberstellt und in dem auch einige frühe Werke von Picasso ausgestellt sind.
    Es gibt eine Sammlung von einzigartigen Fotografien im oberen Stockwerk, die uns sehr fasziniert hat.
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  • Day23

    Roman Theatre of Arles

    October 4, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    This Roman Theatre was built before the nearby arena, somewhere around the year 0. Like the arena it is still being used, in this case for theatre and other showds. It was a great place to poke about, full of little surprises. And what a great day for the photos.Read more

  • Sep13

    Fotofestival in Arles Tag 1

    September 13 in France ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Die Bilder der 50 Ausstellungen sprechen für sich SELBST!!! ✅😇👍🏻

    Uli Wilhelm

    Keine Fotos von Männern?

    Willi Lindner

    Morgen… oder übermorgen 😇😇😇

    Uli Wilhelm

    😘tre bien

     

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