dimanche 22 novembre 2009
On Armistice day, my parents, Alain, and I went to go visit Aigues Mortes. We managed to get on the road at around 9, and it took us about an hour and a half to drive there, up past Salon de Provence and Arles. Drove past the restaurant we went to when we went to Stes. Maries de la Mer two years ago, where a woman changed her baby on the table in front of everyone (dad's comment "It wasn't just wet!")

We parked in the nearly empty parking lot and walked around town. Saw the main square Place St. Louis, visited the church Notre Dame des Sablons, tried to walk around the ramparts, but they were closed as it was a holiday. It's a holiday, i.e. a day tourists are likely to be free to come. Let's close!

We saw the outside of the Chapelle des Pénitents Gris, then had a coffee.

Walked around some more, then had lunch at a small restaurant near the square. At around 3 we had run out of things to do, so drove home. Too bad the ramparts were closed.

Bought one of those poorly-translated guide books to the town, you know, the kind like "Nîmes" in French, English, Italian, German, and Spanish with a few pictures and stories for about 5€.

Reading it, I know exactly how it is written in the French version, due to some funny phrasing and not-quite-the-same-in-English metaphores.

All in all, a nice little side trip, but I certainly wouldn't want to live there. Every summer, invaded by touristes, all the rest of the year, nothing to do.

Plus, the houses "intra-muros" are dang expensive and I am sure come with all sorts of rules of what you can and cannot do. Wonder what everyone does for a living there.

4 commentaires:

Mwa a dit…

Thanks for the pictures. We were there two summers ago. We stayed in Saintes Maries de la Mer. Looks like the weather is still good.

Ksam a dit…

It really is too bad the ramparts were closed - when we went there a few months ago, we spent all afternoon touring them and I really enjoyed it!

Anonyme a dit…

Very interesting. I've never been.

Love your new blog layout!

Starman a dit…

I've often wondered what people in some tiny little towns do for a living. They can't all be farmers and they can't all work in the tourist spots.

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