Introduction to Provence

Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
Trip End Jul 26, 2011

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Flag of France  , Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,
Friday, June 17, 2011

Great smells exuded from the chefs kitchen below at our B&B.  Funny you could have pineapple upside down cake and chocolate cake for breakfast if you wanted to - as well as all the normal cereal, yoghurts, breads, cheeses, croissants and danishes. We did well as you could imagine.

We started on our journey towards Saint-Remy - today we decided on a no toll roads day - so it was little villages and back roads.  For quite a long while we followed the Midu Canal.  There were lots of  boats touring down the canal and also lots of cyclists (many old people) riding beside the canal.  It would be a great way to see the countryside if you were in no hurry anywhere.  There was a lot of beautiful flowers out in the small little villages and heaps of grapevines and wineries you could stop at if you so decided.  There was also a lot of roadside stores selling fruits and vegetables.  After passing a few, I asked Lee to stop at the next one.  Unbelievably of all the ones I could have stopped at the lady that served me spoke perfect English.  She was originally from England and had spent two years living in Sydney.  We bought the most delicious fresh raspberries and also unreal green olives, they were so smooooth.  I tried to trick Lee into thinking I had been holding a conversation for quite  a while in French - he wondered why I had been talking so long!!

We hit the Mediterranean at Agde - and decided to be one of few out on the beach - it wasn’t exactly tropical, although fine and around 25 degrees. Lee got his feet wet and it was chilly to say the least.  We followed the coast for awhile through a gorgeous little town called Sete - with lots of waterways beside the streets, with never ending rows of boats moored on the side. 

 We stopped to take some photos of Flamingos and decided to have a picnic lunch in a lovely park - unfortunately lots of ducks, pigeons and gulls decided to flock us for food as well - not much fun for me - with my love of flying birds overhead!

We came across a walled city (very well preserved) called Aigues-Mortes.  We wandered around the wall and then through the streets. We have noticed a lot of biscuits shops which always have a lot of people in.  Today we wandered in, and Lee sampled them, needless to say they are evidently scrumptious, so he hand picked a tin of them.  They also  are famous for their olive chocolates!

Arles, on the Grand Rhone River was our last stop before Saint-Remy.  You could spend a lot of time here as there is a lot of history.  The Romans built a 12,000 seat theatre and a 20,000 seat amphitheatre to entertain the citizens with gruesome gladiatorial spectacles and chariot races.  Today they still use the amphitheatre for bull fights.  Unfortunately there  was a lot of scaffolding over both of them as they undertake a massive restoration program in France on some of their historic places that will cost France 107Mil EUR.  The streets and buildings are great to explore as well.

We arrived at Saint-Remy reasonably late and once we settled into our hotel on the top floor with a balcony that overlooks the Alpilles mountains we decided to venture down to the city centre on foot to get something to eat.  It was a happening place tonight as it was a festival of music and the streets were closed.  There was a band and singers playing beautiful French music.  A lot of people were eating in the sidewalk cafes and a number of  people were dancing - it was an awesome atmosphere.  We are here for 3 nights - so we can kick back and enjoy.  We plan to visit a few nearby sights and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of this beautiful Provence town.  It is now 10:30pm again so had better finish off and get to bed.
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Shelley on

What an awesome place this is - love to live here! SO enjoying the diary entries and the PICTURES are so gorgeous!!

Gladys and Geoff on

Have fallen in love with France. Thank you for the beautiful pictures.
Keep safe and enjoy

Sharyn on

I'm curious - have you pre-booked your accommodation, or do you just land up somewhere and find something??

Allen on

Hi Lee and Jenny,
Love the photos and your commentary. Lee, those door photos are great, I'm with Carol -LOVE DOORS- .
Must be a tough job being the Queens food taster Lee!
Keep Safe

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