"Almost caught up with myself" Kyria's photos around St Remy de Provence, France





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Entry from: St Remy de Provence, France
Entry Title: "Almost caught up with myself..."


"Friday March 6th
This is such a good place to stay. Claude et Christophe, who run it are wonderful and this little hotel Le Canto Cigalo is brilliant. I have asked to stay longer once M has sadly left and they think this is only short term! ....Le Canto Cigalo is provencal for 'the cicada's song' and there are lots of little touches around the place. Provencal decor and linen and ceramic cicadas are everywhere but looking very much the part. They bought this hotel in Oct 2006 and now only have 5 rooms to go to finish the refurbishment. They deserve huge success. It is out of town so very quiet and this means a stroll into St Remy de Provence to work up an appetite and a digestif little stroll back! The breakfast is a joy with homemade jam and good bread/croissant etc. Today has been bright but so very, very windy and at times, icy cold. However, to the accompaniment of 'On White Horses let me flyaway', Little Black Bull' and 'Pretty Flamingo' with lid off, we set out for Maussane, Fontvielle and Port St Louis. Sat in the sun (out of the bitter wind) and had a coffee looking out across the marina with not a soul in sight and the waves crashing against breakwaters. Unbelievably, we stumbled across a little car ferry across the Rhone (Salin de Giraud) which was amazingly good fun - lasted all of 3 minutes but something still quite wonderful on driving onto an open ferry that holds -oooh, I would say 10 cars!. Wind turbines are plentiful here and make a dramatic photograph when flanking the c****s - there are loads down here. Margaret wanted to collect her very own salt so we stopped (all garments flying out horizontally on account of the ferocious wind) where it looked to be favourable for a 'scoop' alongside a trickling river. The salt flats in the Camargue are immense and are still being worked. Although she leapt like a gazelle across said trickling river there was a type of quicksand either side so the Robert Clergerie boots took a bit of a hit. It turned out that there wasn't sufficient salt to be scooped up either. We found the road leading pretty much around Etang de Vaccares (D37) which was magical (salt spray coming across the car) and it all came together, the white horses, the black bulls and flamingos. We think we also saw a brown eagle so were in uplifted spirits. However, we went onto Stes Maries de la Mer which at this time of the year just seemed to be about a few retired people and shuttered properties. The outskirts were sad and honestly smelt of the riding stables that line all the way into the town. Margaret commented on the hundreds of broken horses (who, rather than being white were actually rather grubby) standing forlornly in paddocks. The landscape is so very flat and I didn't realise that they also grow black rice here on account of the marshes that cover so much of this area. Changed direction and swung by Arles, parked in the main drag and took a walk up to the roman arena which is used pretty much as an outdoor venue rather than a tourist attraction which is refreshing. Next event at Easter will be bullfighting. I have yet to unlock the powers of the internet for sufficient time to understand the differences between French and Spanish bullfighting. In short, the bull survives in France and doesn't in Spain. One thing that has given us both a bit of a diversion is finding suitable 'facilities to enable us to be comfortable for sightseeing'. We found a bar in a delightful square in Arles but the 'facilities to enable us to be comfortable for sightseeing' were not good. In addition, the staff were really just too cool to be bothered serving us. Anyhow, we decided that Arles was a great place, bar notwithstanding, and will come back for market day. We stopped off on ..."
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Photos from this trip:
1. "Mont Ventoux still with snow"
2. "Rousillon where the local earth (ochre) is used"
3. "Gordes"
4. "View from Gordes"
5. "Rousillon local earth"
6. "Arles arena"
7. "My favourite trees D99"
8. "L'Isle sur laSourgue"
9. "L'Isle sur la Sourgue wall painting"
10. "Le Canto Cigalo - a dream"
11. "L'Isle sur la Sorgue -another wall painting"
12. "All of life in L'Isle sur la Sourgue"
13. "Beaucaire marina"
14. "La Grand Motte"
15. "Sunset at Aigues Mortes"
16. "Aigues Mortes walled town"
17. "Trees trained 'flat' at Aigues Mortes"
18. "Montpellier main square"

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