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May 29 2011 - Arles to Sommieres

ARLES, AIGUES-MORTES AND SOMMIERES

sunny 25 °C

On the road again and off to see the Roman Amphitheatre/Areana in Arles - we have finally learnt that it's much easier to park outside the walls of towns like this (that assumes of course that the road signs point you in the right direction). The Arena is very impressive but the Roman Theatre is just a couple of columns; you can see it all through the fencing anyway. We had a walk around the old town but it'snot that interesting

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From Arles we took the road south through part of the Camargue (just think of a less-interesting Norfolk Fens) to Aigues-Mortes, a prefectly preserved walled town in salt marshes - a truly remarkable place and if you walk around the walls (about 1 mile) you'll soon have the place to yourself but don't look up

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Then we thought we'd have a pleasant last evening by the sea before we drove north to Brittany. We made two mistakes; it was Mother's Day and we chose one of the nastiest areas to try and get to (La Grand-Motte near Montpellier and Nimes). There were tens of thousands of people, we got caught in the one-way traffic system and it took us 2 hours to escape. We fled the coast and drove north to, well, anywhere and found a marvellous little town called Sommieres. Unfortunately (and yet again) the signs to the Tourist Office and the hotels were woefully inadequate and after parking outside the walls and walking for 45 minutes trying to follow the awful signs, we stumbled across the Auberge du Pont Romain. It was expensive (EU105) but the room was large and had a terrace overlooking the river. As it was getting late, we took up the owner's suggestion of a booking in their restaurant; what we didn't know was that the restaurant was a well-known (by everyone else) gourmand place. So after an omelette for me, a very small creative plate of asparagus for Jeni, a green salad, a bottle of very pleasant local rose and EU72.50 we were done. The town is very old and even has 5 orignal arches in its Pont Romain from the 1st century - definitely a worthwhile visit to this town

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Posted by kforge 02.06.2011 00:20 Archived in France

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