Southern Provence – more antiquities than landscapes

While most of the brief time was spent in the Bouches-du-Rhône we headed into Vaucluse to the north for a day and stopped in Orange.  The Roman theatre there is really remarkable (there are only 4/5 such theatres in the world and the one in Orange is one of the best preserved).  Catching the real scale and look of the place was not easy in the light that day sadly.  A pleasant town which also has a well preserved “Arc de triomphe” Orange was well worth the visit.

Moving from there to Avignon we didn’t have enough time to get into the town but would like to return.  We did manage to walk along the Rhône and take a look at the famous Pont d’Avignon.

We were staying quite close to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence which is a very pleasant town with its own Roman remains in the shape of another “Arc de triomphe” and also a Cenotaph at the Roman town of Glanum just outside St Remy.

Bringing the images of buildings a little more up to date the one above in St Remy caught my eye!

A short distance south of St Remy is the medieval village of Les Baux-de-Provence.  The setting is a lovely one and the small village is a lovely place to look around (so long as it is not overcrowded).  To the east are olives and vines but the terrain to the west is far rockier and wilder.  The above view of Les Baux is taken from there.

I first visited the Camargue some years ago now and have always wanted to go back.  It is rather more commercialised than it was then however much of the simplicity of the vast flat area remains.  Harking back to the start of our trip salt is also harvested from the sea here.  Yes – you should see bulls, the white horses, pink flamingos and many other species of birds and wild life and I have some photos of them however for me the Camargue is best summed up by the vast  tranquillity of the place shown above (although I am sure it is not that tranquil at some times of the year.. ).  Time to head for home again.