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Day 7 Avignon March 31, 2015
There was an included Avignon walking tour today. We opted for the easier walking tour. The boat docks right near the walled city. Apparently they kept the wall up since it can save the city from flooding in a bad storm. The city contains both the Palace of the Popes and the Petit Palace. We stayed behind and did some shopping and managed to grab a quick lunch ...
Day 6 A Van Gogh Day March 30, 2015 Tarascon &Arles
Arles is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has many preserved Roman ruins. The Venus d'Arles is now at the Louvre. Here one can see part of the ancient aqueduct and the amphitheater.
They gave us another alternative tour which we took. It was a Van Gogh themed tour. I felt I had seen enough Roman ruins (although they were pointed out anyway) and wanted to focus on Van Gogh. ...
Wikipedia at least helps with this description:
The mill consisted of 16 waterwheels in two
separate descending rows built into a steep hillside. There are substantial
masonry remains of the water channels and foundations of the individual mills,
together with a staircase rising up the hill upon which the mills are built.
The mills apparently operated from the end of the 1st century until about the
end of the ...
... of the columns. The fact that they could build things to last 18 centuries is a marvel. We walk around and just picture theatrical events taking place under the starry skies. Yeah these Romans knew how to live. During the next centuries the place was looted for building materials and at one time was a convent. It wasn't until the 17th century that the theater was recognized for what it truly was and restoration was begun. Today it is still used as a theater ...
... races. The bull fights result in the death of the bull and are of Spanish origin and occur in Arles for three days twice a year. The other bull races involve two people, one who distracts the bull whilst the other tries to remove ribbons (or something similar) from the bull's horns. The people have to be trained to run fast and jump over a reasonably high fence for when the bull chases them. The bull is the star of this race. There was a bull race ...