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I'm in Avignon, in a lovely old hotel inside the walled town. I had an interesting experience on the TGV coming over from Nice today. Stupidly, I managed to sit at the correct seat number, but in the wrong carriage. Well, I was booted out of my seat part-way along the journey. You aren't supposed to make the same mistake twice; but I think I've done this before! Cathie, ...
We made a half day trip to Arles from Nimes by train.
Being a small village we were able to see most of what there was in the central part quite easily. There is the main arena, roughly the same size as the arena in Nimes, and also the Ampitheatre nearby, which is mostly ruins now.
The other main attraction of ...
... it was the weekend and very soon after New Year's Day.
I missed out on seeing the Gardens and the Castle as I arrived late and they'd already done it.
From here we also did a half-day trip to Arles - see next entry.
There are other smaller villages around to do day trips to/from, such as Avignon.
Marseilles and Montpelier are also 2-3 hours away by train.
... a Santa sleigh and a snowman - unfortunately we were on a bus at the time.
So what does Provence do at Christmas? Well, Christmas starts on the 4 December, which is when christmas trees and decorations go up and runs till Feb 4; each day has its own saint kicking off with Santa Barbara on 4 Dec. Christmas markets also appear at this time in most of the Provence towns, rows of little wooden huts selling hot wine, hot chestnuts, ...