Arles and Avignon

Two of the great cities of Provence.

Arles is not pronounced “aaarles” … as in rhymes with “darls ….”

Aussies take note, the French throw the letters of the alphabet lazily around the backs of their throats and let them purr there until they evaporate …

“Ahhrrrlll-eh ”

Try and say it

You emphasise the first letters, slightly say the second last ‘e’, and don’t say the ‘s’

They have a big cathedral there and a colosseum.  Arles was under Roman rule like much of this area.   I get interested in art and architecture but know that many people dread being dragged through the ‘ABC tour’ of Europe (ie, another bl**dy cathedral / castle ) so being selective with photos … let me know if you are interested in seeing more of anything

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Purrrrrr like a lazy lion … ( the French love lions )

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The Roman goddess Minerva 

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Remember ‘ the Maries ‘ … here she is the Highest Mary of all …and the child she brought forth changed the world 

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At the colosseum of Arles, the gladiators were heroes (our guide told us) loved and lauded like the sports stars of today 

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Still can’t figure out selfies, but for all its faults this one looks pretty cool with the sunlight streaming into my wine 

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More lions

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Postcards of traditional Arlesiennes (women from Arles)

in Avignon we went to the famous “pont” and learned that many generations of Popes lived there (in a big castle … not on the pont which is broken now).  “Pont” means bridge and the one in Avignon was so famous it has a song about it …. ‘sur Le pont d’Avignon …’ which you may have learned as we did in school

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Popes palace in Avignon 
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Mermaid at the Popes palace 

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Still working on selfies (nothing much else to do while waiting for them to open the creperie), should have brushed my hair first 

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sur Le pont … 
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Statue sur Le pont 

Not going to say if we danced sur le pont …

 

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