Travel Journal

Provence de Salon

(Wednesday 14 July 2010) by Jill's travels
We are in the Provence - Parc Region Des Alpilles, staying in a petit place called Eyguieres in the Bouches-Du-Rhone Region. This part of the region is very rural with lavender growing everywhere, wide open spaces of farmland and chateaus with tree lined driveways and avenues, typically french. The little village of Eyguieres is 3 miles away and has a cycle track to it which we took yesterday around 3 o'clock and noticed all the locals where either sat on shaded benches or gathering in the local tabac having a drink and a chat. They sussed we were either mad or on holiday although, their initial expressions looked a little like we had landed from a another planet! The site we are staying on is called Camping Nostradamus infact all of this region has statues and paintings of Nostradamus who was born in St Remy De Provence (1503), he was known for his predictions and prophecies and also for his medicine, geography, philosophy and Egyptology. Arles also was well worth a visit with its Amphitheater, Roman Theater, Constatines Bath and St Trophimes Cathedral. On the way back we stopped at a place called St Remy de Provence which is one of the oldest Towns in France, it is divided in to two historical parts, to the south of the town at the foothills of Alpilles is a walk of 21 reproductions of Van Gogh's paintings and the Centre is where Nostradamus was born and is a mixture of history and very cosmopolitan shops, cafes and restaurants. We found an amazing old Chocolatier which must have been a family business for many many years.

Tomorrow, we are going back to St Remy to do the Van Gogh walk and close by a place called Glanum has a huge site of excavations dating back from the 6th Century BC to our 3rd Century which we will do, if its not too hot. The temperatures have been 40+ degrees since arriving in this part of the region and the crickets just get noiser and noiser. The cylcle tracks have tempted me to cycle rather than run and with temperatures so high, it means up and on the road mighty early, its worth the effort though just to be a part of the cycling community where everyone tips their helmet with a 'bonjour madamoiselle' hey. Best wishes xxx


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