Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Day 10: Into Provence

We arrived in Arles on Monday afternoon. We are officially in the Provence region! Our hotel, Hotel de la Muette, is beautiful - nestled right in the heart of the old town, just a few blocks from all of the sights.

Out and about . . .

After arriving in Arles, our first destination was the Ancient History Museum (Musee de l'Arles et de la Provence Antiques).

While in the Ancient History Museum, Howard discovered a little exhibit upstairs that turned out to be better than the museum (in my opinion, anyway). Here it is:

On our walkabout, we visited St. Trophine and the adjacent cloisters.

Then, in our ambling, we stumbled upon an old church that had been repurposed as an exhibition space and discovered an amazing display by Vincent Lajarige.

Here are some photos of the Roman Amphitheatre. We even got to climb into one of the remaining Medieval towers - the amphitheatre has had many uses over it's long life. Today it is used for bullgames (bulls aren't killed) and bullfights (where the bulls are murdered for sport).

I'm showing restaint and only sharing a few doors of Arles but you know there are more . . . .!

Last night after doing our laundry, we had a late, leisurely dinner where we met a lovely couple from Queensland, Australia (Roger and Glenda). We talked, ate, and laughed until 10:30 pm! They even invited us to come visit them.

1 comment:

Destree said...

Next Stop: Down Unda!

The doors are awesome...and people actually get to use them every day? Do they know how cool that is?