We took the long Easter weekend and set out on our longest roadtrip yet in Europe – 4.5 hours to Provence!  Specifically, we ventured to Arles, Nîmes, St-Rémy, and Sts-Maries de la Mer.

The last time my husband went to Arles was on a high school field trip, so he was a pretty good guide. We started our adventure at Le Pont du Gard, a magnificent Roman bridge and aqueduct over the Rhone River.  We actually needed more time there to explore the museum properly, but that’s a great excuse to go back!

We headed into the old town of Arles for dinner, took a look at the Arena and called it a night.  The weather was incredibly cold and windy and the town had just had a long Easter weekend celebration, so there was literally no one around!

The following morning, our adventure began in St-Rémy for the weekly market.  And, of course, my son Rémy thought this was the coolest thing ever!  The market was crowded with people and vendors and lots and lots of things to look at and I was completely uninspired to shoot any images.  I had no way of accessing a high enough vantage point to make any coherent pictures, so I left my camera in my bag and simply enjoyed the day.  We got some great African baskets and some yummy local treats and had a fabulous bistro lunch with amazing music.  I loved the energy of St-Rémy!

That afternoon we headed toward the Camargue – a beautiful area where the river meets the Mediterranean Sea.  The Camargue is really a network of waterways that create a marshy swampland.  But this extraordinary place is home to a collection of amazing wildlife, including flocks of flamingos and the famous white horses of the Camargue.  The weather continued cold and very, very windy, but we managed to get all the way to the beach and enjoyed the town of Sts Maries de la Mer in the late afternoon and evening, after all the tourists had gone. We spent the following day in Nîmes. For me, this small city was the perfect destination.  It reminds me of a little Paris with clean, wide boulevards, tiny narrow side streets and alleys, museums and public art and plenty of history and amazing monuments.  It also has a charming downtown with pedestrian-only streets that include large central squares with plenty of restaurants.  We enjoyed the Arena and the Jardin de la Fountaine with its Temple of Diana and Tour Magne. My dream is to return by train and stay in the city center where you can walk anywhere you please! 

Thank you for coming on another adventure with me!  I would love to go with your family on your next adventure and record it for you in photos!  Have you entered my adventure session giveaway yet?  There’s no time to lost – winners will be announced tomorrow, May 10th!

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