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    • Day 51


      June 21, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Eerst flinke stukken langs het Rhone-Sète-kanaal dan volgt een stuk door een punt van het natuurgebied Camargue. Wat opvalt is dat er weer gedag gezegd wordt onderweg. Het landschap verandert weer. Moeras afgewisseld met 'vreemde' bollen, rijstvelden, wijngaarden en stieren. Behoorlijk smalle weg, weinig verkeer, veel wind. Ondanks dat muggen niet van wind houden weten ze me op de fiets zelfs te vinden. We trappen maar even flink door en zijn dan ook even na elf uur op de camping in Saint Gilles.Read more

    • Day 26


      November 25, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Von Port Saint Louis du Rhône nach Montcalm
      Mit der Fähre über die Rhône, zum Salt Pan Observatorium ( Saline), mit dem Fahrrad über den Damm zum Leuchtturm Phare de La Gacholle und weiter über teils abenteuerliche Strassen zu dem Stellplatz am Bauernhof wo ich jetzt stehe.Read more

    • Day 3–4

      Days of Wine and Rosés

      June 6 in France ⋅ ☁️ 79 °F

      Day 2: Saint-Gilles-Vauvert, 18 kms
      Total kms walked: 40 kms/ 92 kms
      Kms left to Montpellier: 52 kms

      We left our little hotel in Saint-Gilles at 8am, bought a baguette and picnic foods at one of the tiny town's two boulangeries, and headed out on our walk. Today we planned 21 kilometers to the town of Vauvert; but again, our vision of walking through quaint French villages was chucked out the window. At the Tourism Office in Saint-Gilles, we asked about cute villages to stop in to have coffees or lunch, en route to Vauvert. The nice man just shrugged and said, "The walk is just for nature. No towns." But Matt had noticed that the walk led through farms- vineyards, to be exact. So he asked if wineries were on the Via Tolosana, and the man said "of course" - we asked if the wineries did degustación, or tastings, and the man again said "of course." We helpfully pointed out that a winery could be a rest stop, so he dialed the Chateau Beaubois Winery, and booked us an 11am tasting- just in time for a picnic lunch afterwards.

      The walk was much more lovely than we expected- it led several kilometers alongside an irrigation canal and the vineyards. And after three hours of walking, just when we needed a break, Chateau Beaubois appeared. We were surprised to discover that the tasting was free- this never happens in France- and the proprietor was happy to let us taste multiple wines (she joined us for a few). We settled on a bottle of rosé to accompany our picnic lunch.

      After purchasing the wine, we asked the proprietor where might be an acceptable place for two sweaty pilgrims to have a picnic. Imagine our glee when she not only showed us to a lovely outdoor picnic area, complete with a sun canopy and a sink, but also with clean, stocked toilets. And even an adorable puppy! The Camino provides, indeed.

      We had a lovely, wine-filled picnic, then headed out for the final two hour walk to Vauvert.

      We arrived in Vauvert at 3pm, and discovered a little French village that was once adorable, but now was...not so much. Vauvert has a lovely square, a medieval quarter, and heritage Louis XIV architecture, but these places were either utterly derelict, or peopled with the types who are good 'n' drunk by 10am. Our little guesthouse was lovely, however. A young owner had purchased one of the decaying medieval homes and renovated it with an industrial chic aesthetic- think reclaimed wood and minimalist furniture. I loved it, especially the medieval Roman-style bath in the garden that he upgraded to a plunge pool.

      Dinner, however, was not so memorable. For reasons we never understood, almost every restaurant in Vauvert was closed (it's THURSDAY!). We finally gave up trying to find French cuisine, and headed to the only open restaurant- a Vietnamese café. I love Vietnamese food, and it has a lot of French influence from the colonial era... but the best thing I can say about that meal is it didn't give us e. coli. And today I learned: It is indeed possible to have a bad meal in France. Mon dieu.

      Tomorrow we walk to Saturargues!
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    • Day 10

      Étape 05 - De Vauvert à Aramon

      May 19 in France ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Beim Start heute Morgen in Vauvert waren die Beine schon ein wenig müde, aber das hielt nicht lange an. Die Vorfreude auf die Topziele Nîmes und Pont du Gard ließ die Kilometer (meistens) dahinfliegen. Auch die Pisten waren fast durchgängig von guter Qualität - Und 200 zusätzliche Höhenmeter habe ich mir durch kurzfristige Streckenänderung eingespart.... Ei es war ganz scheen warm...Read more

    • Day 197


      February 13, 2023 in France ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      Heute sind wir 1 1/2 h gefahren und in Franquevaux gelandet.
      Hier haben wir einen schönen großen Spaziergang gemacht, viele Tiere gesehen, ein Hund hat bei uns wieder etwas gegessen und jetzt sitzen wir am Fluss und die Männer angeln.Read more

    • Day 1

      Partito - 1 tappa

      August 15, 2023 in France ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      15 agosto - Finalmente si parte .
      Oggi lunga tappa di trasferimento da Cassina alla Camargue. Prenotato stanza a Más de Sylveral, vecchia fattoria ristrutturata. Molto carina. I francesi sanno come fare le cose .
      Il mio programma era diverso ma quando ho visto il poster della riserva dei fenicotteri mi sono detto devo andare. Ho montato il 400 mm e via. Bellissima esperienza. Fenicotteri un po' scoloriti ma veramente tantissimi. E soprattutto un micro pezzettino di vera Camargue. Si perché la Camargue di questo 15 agosto 2023 è veramente un grande business dove non si è costruito molto ma per facilitare il turismo ci sono strade perfettamente asfaltate e percorribili anche da un tir. Per visitare le saline ci vuole la prenotazione una settimana prima.
      Direi giudizio sospeso. Da rifare fuori stagione e con un po' di fresco. Ma i fenicotteri stupendi
      La giornata è stata lunga e stancante e quindi non ne la sono sentita di andare a cena fino ad Arles. In compenso ho casualmente ma molto casualmente una pizzeria con griglieria dove ho apprezzato un fantastico camembert in terrina al forno con pezzettini di prosciutto con crostini. Anche qui l'arte francese di impiattare è unica. W. La France.
      Nota del mattino dopo: all'alba e con il sole basso la Camargue ha un altro aspetto specialmente andando a riprendere autostrada
      Voto 7 ma rimandato a settembre..
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    • Day 31

      Canal du Rhône à Sète

      July 31, 2023 in France ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Hangout am Kanal mit Wildpferden

    • Day 22

      A cultural tour

      September 14, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      At the very leisurely time of 9am we were collected by our guide, who was to give us a tour of his home city of Arles. It soon became obvious that the two of us had barely scratched the surface during our self-conducted tour the previous day. Patrick is an artist, Kansas-born, but resident in several European countries during the course of his life. Much of his tour was given over to Vincent van Gogh, who had lived in Arles for just over a year and had created many paintings there during the period. Patrick was able to take us to several of the exact spots where van Gogh had set up his easel, and to show us prints of the preliminary sketches and the final paintings that the artist had created. In most instances the buildings had little changed since that time, which made it very interesting. He was also very knowledgeable about architecture, so was able to point out interesting design features of many of the buildings. Altogether, a very interesting and enjoyable tour, though somewhat different from what we had been expecting. We then had a bit of free time before sailing time, but once again it wasn't quite enough to allow us a leisurely wander inside the amphitheatre..

      We then headed off four a leisurely four-hour cruise, some of it taken up with our usual four-course lunch, towards the small village of Gallician, where we were due to moor overnight. Leaving Arles, we took the fork in the river which put us on to the Petit Rhone, the smaller and less populated branch of the river. We reached Gallician late in the afternoon. Four of us then decided to take a short walk to the village, but quickly decided that it wasn't all that interesting for exploration. We then walked along the river path to a distant bridge, crossed over and walked back along the opposite bank. All told, we covered the 7km loop at a vigorous pace, so were able to feel virtuous when downing our pre-dinner drinks followed by the usual high standard dinner and wine.
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    • Day 10


      March 4, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Vandaag een rustige dag op ons plekje en in de omgeving. Na het ontbijt maken we ons klaar voor een heerlijk wandelingetje naar de flamingo's en het haventje.

      De flamingo's staan in het moeras dat achter de camper is en dan zien we ook nog een weiland met stieren en een paard. Een typisch beeld uit de Camargue.Read more

    • Day 75


      August 28, 2021 in France ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Op weg naar Vauvert.
      In de buurt van Montpellier komen we in de file terecht. Het is goed druk.Na Montpellier zien we al snel de mooie zoutmeren.Ons plan is om naar de Camarque te gaan waar we in 2014 voor het eerst met de caravan zijn geweest. We willen naar het Centre De Découverte du Scamandre. Een educatief centrum met een stukje prachtige natuur. Frits was er toen helemaal weg van dus gaan we er nog eens kijken.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Vauvert, Vauvèrd, وائورت, Вовер, Vauverd, 沃韦尔

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