Meet two (well, at least one--Marc here) new Francophiles. We just got back from a short but rich trip to Provence, and there's just too much to say. What Florence boasted in great works of art, the Southeast of France far makes up for in food, wine, countryside, natural beauty, language, and a natural disposition for the ease and beauty of life. We spent most of our time in and around the town of Arles where I could practice my French with our non-anglophone bed and breakfast owner, see the 'maison de sante' where VanGogh stayed and painted, and wander through the huge roman amphitheater that local Arleans still use for bull fighting shows (the humane kind).

Katie does a jig on the famous (and old!) bridge of Avignon in honor of the famous children's song. "Sur le pont, d'Avignon, on y danse, on y danse..."
Swimming in the Rhone by the majestic Pont du Gard--ancient Roman aqueduct that opperated for over 300 years. 2000 years ago!! It's the tallest Roman structure outside of the Colleseum.

We spent a day in the Camargue, a huge protected natural marsh area at the mouth of the little and big Rhones. We saw tons of flamangs roses--pink flamingos! and these "wild" horses. The beach wasn't too bad either (it was very French. Nudge nudge). Please recommend your own caption for this picture :)

A couple of typical side streets in Arles. Vive la France.

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