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Arles in Provence, Episode 66

Arles in Provence, Episode 66Why does the French city of Arles have more Roman ruins than Paris? How did it get so big in the Antiquity and is now a middle-sized secondary city? On this episode I share how my visit went and all the things I discovered and how each discovery led to wonderful stories. As a visitor with limited time I had to make the same choices you’ll have to make when you go. The good folks at the tourism office gave us a long list of monuments we you could visit, but when it comes to choosing just a few he tried to stir us towards one that doesn’t get so many visitors  hoping smaller crowd would give us a better experience. I have a different approach. I tell you what’s there and you decide how you’d like to organize your visit. At any rate Arles is definitely lovely and well-worth a visit. The sites are stunning and the hospitality industry well developed. Get planning right now by listening to the show!
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Pont du Gard in Provence, Episode 65

Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard photo Gilbert Bochenek
Pont du Gard photo Gilbert Bochenek

The Pont du Gard is almost 2000 years old and the biggest Roman edifice in France. It has been on the World Heritage Site for decades and, as I explain on the show, it is “almost” on the 5€ bill. It is not as much of an icon as the Eiffel Tower, but it’s way up there! There are so many things to do there that you need to plan on spending at least three hours, and I recommend most of a day if you are going to enjoy some of the outdoors activities that I discuss on the show.

Yes, it is very “touristy” (tourists by the bus-loads!) but it is not a “tourist trap”. There are no street vendors selling the same old plastic trinkets, food and drinks are reasonably priced, your ticket gives you access to most activities on the site for free.

I love the fact that it’s accessible for strollers and wheelchairs alike yet it’s a great place for active visitors. You can kayak (from the nearby town of Collias), enjoy the river beach, take a swim, or go on a hike on the GR6 between Ners and Aureille (which goes right through the bridge as you can see on the map after the fold).

To me this all spells out perfect vacation day. And, bonus, you may even learn a thing or two about the Roman Civilization and better understand this engineering feat they pulled off 2000 years ago!

Enjoy the show and have a lovely week-end wherever in the world you may be. Where are you by the way? I’d love to know in the comments!

Places mentioned in this episode: Uzès, Remoulins, Collias, Fontaine d’Eure, Nîmes, Gardon River, Mémoires de Garrigue.

Prepare your trip: DK Travel Guide France

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