Flamingos! Flamingos!!! We were so excited to see our very first flamboyance of flamingos at the Camargue.
Les Saladelles is both Gary and my favorite meal throughout our 14 day journey in France. It was by luck we ordered this amazing Provencal assortment salad (12.50 euros). We glanced over to the next table, their food looked so gorgeous we just told the waitress – we want the same thing! Continue reading
We visited Pont du Gard on our way from Orange to Arles. Pont du Gard literally means “the bridge over Gard River”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Romans constructed this three-tier bridge standing at 50 m tall for the transportation of water . We reached there about 7 pm just before sunset and this ancient Roman aqueduct was glowing in golden rays and the magnificent structure really is a masterpiece well-preserved after 2000 years of construction.
As we arrived late, the museum was already closed so unfortunately we missed that. Admission is 18 Euros per car, which includes parking, visit to the museum and the bridge.
Pont Du Guard Official Website
Admission Fee: 18 Euros per car. Includes parking, visit to the bridge and museum.
Le Waux Hall was the restaurant that lured us in, with its lovely ambiance and table set up. Without looking at the menu at all, we sat down hungrily to order. Continue reading
Best Western Atrium in Arles is centrally located with the Tourist Information Center and old town just walking distance away. We unloaded our luggage and parked offstreet on the lane perpendicular to the hotel. (There was hotel parking but it was full when we arrived.)
The lobby, waiting area and the lounge bar are brightly colored, and jive vibrantly with the Provençal theme. You will feel instantly welcomed by the colors – the hues of greens, the reds and the browns. The lounge bar reminds me of Van Gogh’s pool table picture.
Coffee making facility is available with sweets and cookies.
The bathroom is clean but quite small, almost like the size of bathrooms in Tokyo. As you can see, the sink and the mirror maximize the corner of the wall. Nonetheless, the bathroom serves its purpose with adequate bathroom amenities.
The roof-top area is awesome with a pool and a dining area splashed in red and yellow (reminds me of Roussillon). Unfortunately we did not get to use the pool as we only stayed for one night and checked out early the next morning. But we did buy some breakfast from a bakery nearby and enjoyed it at the roof-top.
Overall, our stay at Best Western Atrium in Arles was enjoyable and wished we could have stayed longer to use the facilities like the pool and lounge bar.
Rates : From 85 Euros (low season) – 180 Euros (high season), depending on the type of rooms you book.
The Theatre Antique of Orange is one spectacular and magnificent structure. It is the best-preserved Roman theater in Europe and part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is one of the few remaining theaters with an intact stage wall and today, it is used for Choregies d’Orange, a summer opera festival in August. Continue reading
Grand Cafe de la Sorgue is just on the riverbank, making it perfect place to enjoy a lazy lunch. Naturally, all the good seats right next to the river were taken so we had to sit a little further away. Continue reading
L’Isle Sur La Sorgue, also known as the “Little Venice” of Provence, is a small village encircled by the Sorgue River. The crystal-clear water, working waterwheels, frolicking ducks and the blooming flowers give a rather romantic and charming atmosphere to the town.