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After getting use to the sound of hoot owls in the night we slept in until 8:00am this morning. We awoke to a low cloud level and cool temperatures but the promise of a sunny day lay ahead. After a pot of coffee (loved that after a month of espressos) and a light breakfast, we took a walk through the village of Noves.
Noves is is a very small village with only a few hundred inhabitants. At one time there were ramparts around the town but only a few remain along with a few ...
We had a walking tour of Arles which took us to important Roman monuments dating as far back as 46 BC. We saw Les Arenes, an amphitheater that once seated 20,000 spectators and was used for gladiator combats. Much it it has been demolished but the arena still hosts local bull fights.
Arles was a city where Vincent Van Gogh was inspired and produced many of his finest works. On our tour we passed many of these sights and ...
... across this adorable town in the mountains that had a waterfall running through town, here we each got a savoury baked good, some fresh mountain water from the local drinking fountains (btw one of my fav parts of Europe, drinking fountains everywhere) and explored a bit. As it was getting late it was time to take to the Fifi and drive to our destination for the night and the next, Arles (the s is silent and I can't say it properly for the ...
... said above, the top section has a bloody great tower built above it, so they really are entombed for all time.
We climbed the tower and wandered the abbey with The Mistral howling around our ears.There are no signs of fireplaces or any heating in the entire abbey. I can't imagine how cold it must have been in winter.
It was 2.00 before we made it to Arles. Fortunately I found a parking spot right beside the walls; however it was ...
... little hooks, and the object is to try to remove the ribbons and the cockade. Successful contestants receive prizes, with the cockade bringing the biggest reward. The bull usually wins because, believe it or not, it's not easy to remove a ribbon from a running bull!
When the walk was over, I went back to the Espace van Gogh to do a little bit of shopping, and then I returned to the hotel to get some lunch. They have counter service, and I got a sandwich Parisien (jambon, ...