When the skies are grey, just eat your day away

Trip Start Apr 23, 2010
Trip End Jul 07, 2010

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Flag of France  , Provence,
Friday, May 7, 2010

What do you do when you are 10 000 miles from home and the sky is grey with rain-shower clouds? Well it is France. When it is cold and wet, you get hungry. The French do food like no one else. The answer is simple then …. you eat. If it’s not the exquisite pastries then it’s the breadsticks. If its not the enormous range of delights from the frommagerie then it’s the fresh and cured meats from the boulangerie. For the sake of our waste(intentional) lines we try to limit the large-as-dinner-plates gateaux - full of amazing fruits for as little as 8 euros ($12). To top it off, these delights are always placed in colourful gift boxes and complemented with a matching ribbons.

Now that I have that out of the way, I can disclose that we have in fact done our share of pavement tramping to earn the next culinary delight.

Since Nimes we have explored the intricacies of the engineering marvels that the Romans accomplished at Pont du Gard - for over a thousand years the highest bridge in the world. The Roman fascination continued at Arles where we were greeted by another 20 000-plus seater amphitheatre and an outdoor theatre - both pretty impressive. The afternoon saw us wandering through Les Alyscamps, an old (obviously) Roman cemetery where the most important of people were buried. Who remembers the rich and famous who once filled these elaborate sarcophaguses I ask? No one.

There must be a moral to that somewhere!

What really sets Arles apart from the other Roman museum-piece towns though, are the legacies of Van Gogh and Picasso which are evident everywhere throughout the town. Very satisfying indeed is the impact of seeing a Van Gogh reproduction of a streetscape with the actual subject (almost unchanged in the intervening years ) in the background .

Just a short note of explanation to finish with about our internet access. We bought a little netbook just before we left in the hope that we would find some wi fi access somewhere on our travels to keep in touch. Well we’ve found wi fi at MacDonalds, we’ve found it at the Tourist Information centre and we’ve even found it outside the front fence of an obliging neighbour. But, with too much sunlight for the LCD screen or too much cold wind for the arthritic typing fingers or too much noise for a skype conversation, we have felt quite constrained in our internet access. So for all those of you who deserve to be better kept informed (you know who you are) we unreservedly apologise. We’ll do better when we get proper access hopefully later this month.
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Dagmar on

Looks like a brilliant location. So much history. Enjoy your holiday and keep sending up-dates. It is definitely helping me to get through the term. I can immerse myself in your blogg.

Doogie on

Keep the photos coming. It's nice to see how the other half lives!!! Just completed the first Naplan tests today. Having any withdrawal symptoms Jennie?????

Ute on

Wish we were there! My parents are there now, my brother will be in a few days and where am I? It all looks amazing and I love the old roman constructions. Kep well.

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