Itinerary covers main attractions in Paris – the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacre Coeur, Catacombs, Pantheon, Chateau de Versailles, Centre Pompidou, Musee D’Orsay and Les Invalides. In Provence/ Southern France – Arles, Nimes, Orange, Pont Du Gard, the Camargue, Gordes, Roussillon, Menerbes, Lourmarin, L’Isle Sur La Sorgue and Aix En Provence.
It was our last day in Southern France. So much to see and so little time!! We visited the Theatre Antique d’Arles, Arles Amphitheater, L’Espace Van Gogh, and we were left with not much time to explore the rest of Arles.
We did manage to wander through streets of Arles, cherishing the last few moments before we said good-bye to Southern France 🙁
Van Gogh spent a year in Arles, where he produced some of the finest masterpieces. Before visiting France, I never realized that most of Van Gogh’s paintings were based on real things and real places – Mulberry Trees, Starry Night Over the Rhone, Sunflowers, Cafe Terrace at Night, the Langlois Bridge and so on. L’Espace Van Gogh is another example of Van Gogh’s painting subject, formerly a hospital, where he stayed for treatment after cutting off his ear. Continue reading
Nimes, a charming city with her share of Roman Empire’s rise and fall. Nimes has some of the world’s best preserved ancient Roman architecture, including the Nimes Arena and the Roman temple, Maison Carree. Continue reading
We decided to do a simple meal with the king of cheeses – Roquefort, and one of the finest wines – Moet and Chandon. How could we not enjoy them while we were in France, a country so diversified in its cheeses and wines? With cocktail prawns, smoked salmon, fresh carrots, ham and croissant, our simple meal was actually better than some of the meals which we ate in restaurants. You can buy these ingredients readily from Monoprix or Carrefour.
Roquefort cheese is produced with the most stringent criteria – only milk from certain breeds of sheep can be used, and only specific caves in Southern France can be used for the ripening of Roquefort cheese. While you are in Southern France, you might see Roquefort cheese quite frequently on the menu, so give it a try with a good wine, because these good cheeses and wines will cost you double when you go back home 🙂
We went to Theatre Antique d’Arles for the Roman show and re-enactment of the Olympic games. (Available from 10th July to 30th August, Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 12pm, as of 2012). Too bad it was all in French, otherwise it was interesting to watch:) Continue reading
Hotel de la Muette is a charismatic hotel, converted from an old mansion built in the 15th century. The location is ideal and within walking distances to restaurants and many attractions in Arles. The Theatre Antique, the Amphitheater, Cryptoportiques, Espace Van Gough and more. Continue reading