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Vers Pont du Gard France

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Welcome to Mas du Marechal!

We hope you enjoy your stay here, and in the area. We have made every effort to make the house comfortable and efficient and we hope you enjoy the amenities that the house has to offer. We are here to help you with any queries you may have and to be of assistance in any way possible. We would value any input from your side in terms of suggestions and improvements, as we are committed to making your stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Thank you, Carol Read

Vivienne Ghyoot

Welkom by Mas du Marechal!

Ons vertrou dat u die verblyf by ons en ook die omliggende area sal geniet. Ons het spesiale moeite gedoen om die huis so mooi en gerieflik moontlik te maak en hoop julle geniet die fasiliteite wat die huis bied. Ons is beskikbaar om te help met enige navrae of bystand van enige aard. Ons wil graag u verblyf by ons so gerieflik en genotvol moontlik maak en sal dus u insette en voorstelle vir verbetering opreg waardeer. Dankie, Carol Read

Vivienne Ghyoot

Bienvenue au Mas du Marechal!

Nous espérons que vous appréciez votre sejour au Mas du Marechal et dans la region. Nous avons apporté un soin tout particulier pour vous rendre la maison accueillante et agréable. Nous espérons que vous appréciez le confort et les commodités que vous offre la maison. Nous sommes là pour faciliter votre séjour et repondre à toutes vos questions concernant le fonctionnement de la maison. Toutes vos suggestions seront les bienvenues et seront prises en consideration afin d’ameliorer notre accueil. Merci, Carol Read

Vivienne Ghyoot


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Guest Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Some Helpful Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Pont du Gard: a Roman Masterpiece . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Vers-Pont-du-Gard ........................................................................... Pg 1 Vers-Pont-du-Gard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Guest Services Vers-Pont-du-Gard Access Map........................................................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg ....2 . . . 9 ShopsHelpful and Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pg . . . .5. 10 Some Tips in Vers-Pont-du-Gard ........................................................................... Grocery in Vers-Pont-du-Gard the Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..................................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Shops andShopping Services in Pg 7 Community of Vers-Pont-du-Gard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Village Velo .......................................................................... Pg 9 Restaurants in Vers-Pont-du-Gard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Grocery Shopping in theinarea .......................................................................... Wine and Wine Routes the Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg . . . . 10 . 19 Restaurants of in Vers-Pont-du-Gard the Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .................................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pg . . . .12 . 24 Community Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Wine andVelo Wine Routes in the Area ................................................... Pg 15 Castillon du Gard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Restaurants in Vers-Pont-du-Gard .................................................. Pg 14 Uzès . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Restaurants Nearby and Art Galleries in Uzès . . .Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .................................................. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg . . . . 17 . . 31 Touristic du Sites in the Area . . . . . ......................................................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pg . . . . 19 . 33 Castillon Gard Kid’s Sites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................................................ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Uzes Pg 21 Markets in Provence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Touristic Sites in the Area ................................................. Pg 23 L’Isle sur la Sorgue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Kid’s Sites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................................................... Avignon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pg . . . .28 44 Nîmes . .in . . .Provence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................................................ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pg . . . . 30 . 50 Markets Discover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pg . . . .33 . 52 L’Isle sur laNîmes Sorgue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................................................... Arles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Avignon ........................................................................ Pg 34 Beaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Nîmes La Camargue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................................................ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg . . . . 36 . . 63 Arles Map of France . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......................................................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pg . . . .37 65 Exploring the Gard Region of France . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pg . . . .38 66 Beaches .......................................................................... Barclays Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67


Guest Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . will meet you, hand over the keys and go through the house with you. You may hand over the indemnity Euros/Dollars 600 to her. She will check the house when you leave and return the indemnity Euros/Dollars to you. Tel: Dominique: +33(0) 6 50 59 32 14 She will be available to provide a service that will help you with various things, (Fee: From 15 Euros/ hour) including: • Shopping for you prior to your arrival. This will be stored in the fridge and will be ready for when you arrive. You can pay her directly. • Preparing simple meals and leaving them at the house. • Arranging a cleaning lady to come at your convenience. Payment is made directly to the cleaning lady. • Laundry service - or there is a washing machine for your convenience. • Renting of bicycles, delivered to the house. Also see Village Velo. • Booking of taxi’s, restaurants, car rental etc. • Checking of flight and train schedules - although there is wi-fi in the house. See connection details. • Babysitting • Advice on the local sights, how to get there etc. • Chef services at the house • Masseuse coming to the house There are maps for your convenience in the house, also plasticized sheet maps which are easier to use in the car. Please return these back to the house once you have finished with them. Using the washing machine:

• Washing soap is provided - you will find it in the cupboard left of the machine. Powder goes in the first compartment. Sta-soft, rinse aid goes into the middle compartment. • Do not overfill the machine. • Close door well and turn dial to Chrono 30. • Then press ‘Depart’ (pause) button on right hand side. Comment utiliser la machine a laver:

• La poudre de savon est fourni. Ceci est mis dans le premier compartiment. Le liquide de rinçcage est mis dans le compartiment du milieu. • Ne surchargez pas la machine. • Fermez bien la porte. Tournez la molette à Chrono 30. • Appuyez sur le bouton « depart » sur le côté droit. Si la machine ne fonctionne pas, la porte n'a pas été fermée hermetiquement.

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Wi Fi Instructions: To connect to a Mac book or Netbook on wireless: • Your computer will detect a wireless network e.g. Livebox - 6f90. • Click connect on the computer. • The computer will ask for the pin code: Mas2015! • Type in the Wi-fi code : Le-Mas-du-Marechal • If the computer does not connect , you should push the round button wifi (((.))) on the livebox at the rear (waiting) until the green light flickers quickly. • After that, click on connect to the computer. When your see the  on the tool bar on the bottom right of the screen, your computer is connected. Pour vous connecter a un MacBook / iPad ou iPhone sur le WiFi: • Votre ordinateur devrait détecter un réseau sans fil - Livebox 6f90 • Cliquez « connecter » sur l'ordinateur • l'ordinateur vous demandera le code PIN: Mas 2015! • Ensuite, tapez le Code WiFi : le-Mas-du-Marechal • Si l'ordinateur ne se connecte pas, appuyez sur le bouton rond ((.)) a l'arrière du livebox, jusqu'à ce que la lumiere verte clignote rapidement. • Cliquez « connecter » sur votre ordinateur à nouveau Quand vous voyez  sur la barre d'outils en bas à droite de l'ecran, votre ordinateur est connecté. The house telephone number is: 04 66 62 22 90 if you need to receive personal calls. Please respect the fact that the phone can only be used to another landline outside of France and NOT to mobile phones.

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TV Instructions: Turn TV on by pushing the green button on the black remote that reads “TV”. You If• the TVthe doesn’t work:

won’t need this remote again unless you need to adjust the volume or turn the TV off. Turn the Orange boxworking, on by pushing the Otobutton onOrange the topTVright the remote If• the Orange channelsTV aren’t you may need reset the box .asKeep follows: in front of the white box. • Unplug the two “unplugable” cords from the white cable box. • You will obtain a screen with an orange and white line in the middle . • Wait one minute, then replug. • Push okay on the white remote. • Change channels with the white remote with the button that says P +/If• itThe still does not can work: volume be adjusted with both the white and black TV controls. • Unplug thethe twoTV cords fromuse thethe back of theremote white cable box. the button that reads “guide”. • To locate guide, white and puch • Use the the white remote arrows TV” andTV “encupboard. ce moment a la TV”, push the • Unplug white box plug fromto thechose wall to“guide the left of the “okay” button on the white remote to select. Scroll through the channels andonpush “okay” • Then go upstairs (the steps by the big brown door) and find the white modem box the floor to select beside theone. large cupboard in the sitting room. • Unplug the “unplugable” cords.

C English include: • hannels Wait oneinminute.

• Replug the modem go downstairs. 151 - Euronews • 154cords, - BBCthen World • 156 - CNN • 157 - CNBC • 155 - SKY • 165 • Replug the plug in the wall. Wait for the TV “on” light. Bloomberg • Then replug the cords into the white cable box. It must be in this order! • Turn on the TV and wait for the reboot.

If the TV doesn’t work:

If the Orange channels aren’t working, you may need to reset the Orange TV box as follows: • Unplug the two “unplugable” cords from the white cable box. • Wait one minute, then replug.

If it still does not work: • Unplug the two cords from the back of the white cable box. • Unplug the white box plug from the wall to the left of the TV cupboard. • Then go upstairs (the steps by the big brown door) and find the white modem box on the floor beside the large cupboard in the sitting room. • Unplug the “unpluggable” cords. • Wait one minute. • Replug the modem cords, then go downstairs. • Replug the plug in the wall. Wait for the TV “on” light. • Then replug the cords into the white cable box. It must be in this order! • Turn on the TV and wait for the reboot.

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Some Helpful Tips The greeting in France is of paramount importance. You will find French people impeccably polite and after the greeting, they will always wish you a good day when you leave. It is normal to greet everyone one might come across in the street or at a ticket booth, or at the supermarket, but also when entering a store, boutique, post office, bakery etc. One calls out a general “Bonjour” and the proprietor and everyone else will respond in kind. The French think that the Anglo Saxons are rude and uncommunicative, because we enter a shop as quietly as possible. This is not their way, and to make your stay in France go smoothly, and to get the best possible service, fit in with how they do things, and say your "Bonjour", "Merci" and "Au revoir" when leaving the store, even if it's the only words you know in French.

If they speak English they will enjoy trying it out on you, which will probably be a great relief. They are, however, used to tourists, and if you can just get the greeting out, you will be a long way further in their estimation, and in getting considered service. They are very good at making it clear if they are dissatisfied with your greeting, and you could have your wine loudly dumped on your table!

France comes to an abrupt halt at 12,00pm for lunch. Most shops close. Be sure to be seated at a bistro, cafe, restaurant by no later 12,30pm in order to find room but also to be served. If you are doing the tourist thing, driving around, be at your destination by midday, because you will find that many places will not serve you after 12,30, especially little places off the beaten track, or smallish villages. They make only enough food to fill their couverts, and would not have food to serve you, even if they had room.

The “Plat du Jour” is a good choice. It is filling, substantial, you get plenty of bread with it and it could serve as the main meal of the day - which in France is generally the case. It is fine to ask for more bread. The “carafe” or “picher” of local rose / white / red wine is what is usually ordered. Also ask for a “carafe” of water. No reason to pay a fortune for bottled water.

When dining in a restaurant in the evening, they will hand you a wine list. If the prices are not to your liking , it would be fine to ask for a carafe of their house wine. This is always good and much cheaper. Other than very fancy restaurants , the sommelier or waiter will not disapprove. Many places serve wine by the glass , but the carafe remains the cheapest option.

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Service is always included, so tipping is not necessary. Only when you think you have had exceptional service, and it is a student, would you consider tipping. There is a beer called 1664. It is local, very nice, but impossible to order! So, just call it “Seize”, pronounced “Sez” and you will have your beer! Beer on tap is called “pression”. In some coastal towns you will find gypsies begging or trying to sells things. Keep a wide berth from them, and do not make eye contact. They can be very persistent, and you could find yourself robbed. Always have some cash with you for the toll roads. However, credit cards are also taken, but not American Express. Be sure to go through either the card or cash booth depending on how you want to pay. The French are au fait with regular credit cards, and more and more, the cards with the “puce”, which needs your pin number. Sometimes, under the vaults, cards do not work. Don't panic, they must take it upstairs or outside, to get a good signal. When renting a car at Avignon, be sure to ask that your car is in the main parking area. They are very quick to send you to the other side of the station, 1 km away, and say your car is parked there. If your car is parked outside the main area, insist that a shuttle fetches you, because in that heat, or with the Mistral, it is no joke to cart all your baggage that way! They do have a shuttle, but will not offer it unless you ask! When booking a car, be sure you know exactly what the seating arrangement will be. If you are six adults, they are liable to give you a car which, according to them seats seven, with two small fold-up seats at the back. Make sure there are six or more full seats in the car, with additional leg and luggage space. Note: Parking spaces in France are small. If you have a van or small people carrier (8 – 10 seats) check the height restrictions in parking lots!! Please be sure to adhere to the house rules in terms of the dustbins. Bottles must go in to the bottle bank on the square (there is a bottle bag for this purpose). Plastics and paper are separated from organic waste. Be mindful of excessive noise at the pool. This is a vibrant working village with people permanently living next door on both sides. N' oubliez pas de respecter les règles de la maison concernant les poubelles. Les bouteilles doivent être mis dans les grandes poubelles situees à l'arrière de la grande « parking ». Le plastique et le papier sont mis en une poubelle séparée des déchets organiques. Soyez conscient de bruit excessif à la piscine afin de respecter les voisins vivant à proximité.

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When driving in France, remember that you are entitled to fifty percent of the road : Most roads, other than the auto-route, can be quite narrow. You may be assertive, otherwise you could find yourself backing up each time in small villages to allow another car to pass! It’s really a case of give and take. If you feel uncomfortable with someone on your tail on the narrow roads, pull over where it is safe to do so, and let them pass. This way you can relax and enjoy your drive. Roundabouts or circles in France, are an absolute blessing! They give you occasion to correct a mistake or wrong turn. Take your time around the circle, going around as many times as you need, to make sure you take the right exit! Remember that the direction will show your end destination, and not necessarily the next village or town. Roads are well signposted once you get the hang of the logic behind it! If you are lost in a town or city, take “Toutes Directions” if you are not sure of where you are going. This will always bring you to a new intersection and set of signage to help you on your way. Your GPS will also be of great help, particularly in cities. The auto-routes are excellent and well signposted. Remember that the fast lane is only for passing, and if you are slow, do not even stick to the middle lane! French drivers drive well, and fast, are law abiding and stick to the accepted rules of the road, but they do not easily tolerate a ditherer. Remember that rental cars are evident by their number plates, so they will know that you are a tourist! Be sure to take either the cash or card entrance at a toll booth, or you could find yourself having to back up! Once you enter the auto-toll road, you will take a pay slip only from the machine. On leaving the toll road, or further along your route, you will then have to pay, and vice-versa. After hours the machines are not manned, so while you may have had a person taking your payment in the morning, in the evening this switches to automatic, and you place your money, or card into the given slot. All petrol stations in France are self-help : Some petrol pumps are cash only, (paid at the little office alongside), or, on the auto-route, at the shop, giving the number of your pump! Many machines take cards, and the screen will help you through the process, in your language! On weekends, there is often no cash payment available. Even worse, some machines take only the Carte Bleue, which is a French Credit card! If you are in a fix, it is not unheard of that you ask a local to pay for you with the Blue Card, while you re-imburse them in cash! Your best chance of avoiding this scenario is on the auto-routes where you will have a better chance of being able to use an international card. Sans Plomb = Unleaded Gazoil = Diesel Happy Driving…..

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The Pont du Gard: a Roman Masterpiece Posted on EuropeUpClose.com It was our first visit to the Pont du Gard in the South of France and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Had it been turned into a crass, Disneyland-esque experience for the masses? Was it just another tourist trap? The answer is … absolutely not! It was one of those rare experiences where you learn a little and are astounded a lot! The Pont du Gard, registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, is a wonderful historical engineering marvel located in the middle of a naturally beautiful landscape. We were accompanied by Lysianne Boissy d’ Anglas of the Gard Tourisme Office and it couldn’t have been a better experience. After parking in the spacious lot, we entered the visitor center where we met Jeremy Borde, the promotions director of the Pont du Gard monument, who took us on a private tour of the site. We walked along a stone path leading to the aqueduct past 1000 year old olive trees with gnarled trunks and healthy grey-green leaves. We noticed many people using the trees as a prop for their photos. After all, it isn’t everyday that you see a thousand year old tree! The Pont du Gard itself was built in the first century AD and the surrounding area was occupied many centuries before that! As we approached the aqueduct and the Gardon River which flows beneath the aqueduct we watched families swimming and picnicking along the limestone banks while enjoying the view of a lifetime. Jeremy described how in the autumn of 2002, this seemingly sleepy river flooded, changing the landscape forever. One side of the river now has a local scrub vegetation known as garrigue, which is characterized by evergreen oak trees, compact bushes, and herbs, while the other side of the river is lush with Plane trees and thick woods. We initally walked across the lower level of the pont (bridge) enjoying views of the gently flowing river and marveling at the

notion that we were treading where Romans walked centuries ago. When built, this Roman engineering feat, comprised of three tiers of arches, stood at 160 ft. and carried 44 million gallons of water per day between the town of Uzes and the water tower (Castellum) of Nimes (31 miles.) On the left bank of the river, we stopped for a wonderful lunch at Les Terrasses outdoor cafe. Here you can enjoy a very fine meal and sip a glass of wine, all with a prime view of the Pont du Gard. After our repast, we walked back to the pont and climbed to the top tier where the water once flowed. Jeremy pointed out that the wide, rock-like formations on the interior sides of this tier were caused by years of calcification from the flowing water. This tier was quite dark because it was covered with massive stone slabs with just a few openings on the top to allow light to come in. After our tour, we visited the museum with multimedia presentations on the Gallo-Roman civilization, the building of the Pont du Gard and other aqueducts, and more information and artifacts to help visitors understand the aqueduct and bridge. We were on a busy time schedule, so did not have time to take advantage of the hiking trails or take a dip in the Gardon River. I was also sorry to miss an exhibition on the left bank entitled ‘Mémoires de garrigue’. It offers an informative trail through 15 hectares of land that demonstrates how the land was shaped over the past 2000 years. A team of scientists plus a set designer and a landscape gardener designed the layout of this open air museum trail that lasts between one and two hours. Upon leaving, I kept wondering to myself why it took us so long to visit this treasure.

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Shops and and Services Services in Shops in Vers-Pont-du-Gard Vers-Pont-du-Gard Emergency phone Emergency phone numbers: numbers:

Fire Brigade 18, Police 17, National Emergency number 15 Fire Brigade Police 17, National Emergency number 15 (they will speak18, English)

Proxi Grocery shop: Proxi Grocery shop:

Tel: 04 66 57 06 71. Open Monday - Saturday 8h-12h/ 16h-19h and Tel on 04 Saturdays 66 57 068h-12h. 71. Open Monday - Saturday 8h-12h/ 16h-19h and on

Bakery: Bakery: Tabac/ Presse:

Open Tuesday - Sunday 7h-12,30/ 16,30-19h. Open on Sunday mornings. Open Tuesday -as Sunday 16,30-19h. Open on Sunday morn Order in advance it sells7h-12,30/ out quickly! You can buy bread fromorder. Proxi on a Monday. You ings. can pre-place your daily Scandi, Versoise, Cereale, Chocolate Royal!! Are a must! Monday Sunday morning. Open 7h-12,30/ 16h - 19h. They You Open can buy breadtofrom Proxi on a Monday.

Tabac/ Presse: Post Office: Hairdresser:

(they will speak English)

Saturdays 8h-12h.

make photo copies and have a large selection of English newspapers.

Open Monday to Sunday morning. Open 7h-12,30/ 16h - 19h. They make photo14h-16,30 copies and have selection Open 9h-12h/ daily andaon Saturdayof9h-12h. English newspapers / some magazines. Good.

Coiffure Eliane. Tel 04 66 22 85 47. Eliane is very good, cuts well and is open through lunch time - a rarity in France.

Post Office:

Open 9h-12h/ 14h-16,30 daily and on Saturday 9h-12h.

Hairdresser: Doctors:

Coiffure Eliane. Tel: 04 66 22 85 47. Eliane is very good, cuts well Mauvezin 04 66 22 81 49 Speaks English and Dr is open through lunch time – a rarity in France.

Doctors: Physiotherapist:

Dr Lalloyer Tel: 04 66 22 94 30 Dr Lesage Tel: 04 22 6683 041613 42 Dr Benezeth 04 66

Physiotherapist:

Dr Benezeth

Dr Lalloyer 04 66 22 94 30 Dr Mauvezin 49 42 Speaks English Dr Lesage Tel: 04 66 0422 66 81 04 13

Tel: 04 66 22 83 16

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Taxi:

Cathy di Nezza Tel: 06 17 44 59 01 - Also hospitals. Gerald Feuillatre Tel: 06 86 26 74 15. They can drop you at the station in Avignon, Airports Nîmes, Monpellier etc. Cathy could be useful in an Emergency.

Pharmacy:

Tel: 04 66 22 87 08. Open daily 9h-12h/ 14h-19h and on Saturdays 9h – 12h only.

Mayor’s Office:

Open 9h – 12h. They have maps of the village, bus timetables, and general historical information. Also, posters and brochures of what is happening socially in the village.

Wine:

Domaine de Valseniere, a short walk away. Their red, white and rosé is excellent. They also sell the same wine in boxes. Very inexpensive. The champagne they promote and sell is also very good.

The Wine Co-Op is near the Old Station. Their wines are also very good, the Sauvignon Blanc really nice if you can get any - limited supply!

La Gramière Winery: Situated on the main village square. Stop in to taste wine, to purchase or for a light snack.

Institute de Beauté Avisse:

Next to the Doctor's rooms. Waxing, nails, facials, etc. Tel: 04 66 22 89 62

Les Ecuries d'Etoile:

Valerie Gall offers pony rides on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday during the school holidays. Tel: 06 21 83 95 60. Chemin des Pres, Vers-Pont-du-Gard

Art Gallery:

Michel et Christelle Berberian. 5 Rue Bourg Riant, Vers-Pont-du-Gard. By appointment: Tel: 04 66 20 11 07 Painter, photographer, sculptress. Great, imaginative work.

Kayaking on the Gardon:

ABC Euro Canoe. Tel: 04 66 22 45 33 Kayak Vert. Tel: 04 66 22 80 76. www.canoe-france.com/gardon Important to book upfront. Minimum age 6 years.i

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Grocery Shopping Shopping in Grocery in the Area the Area There bags in the underunder the sink. notTry to forget take them along Thereare aregrocery groceryshopping shopping bags in drawer the drawer theTry sink. not totoforget to take them along when you go to the shops. Put them back in the car once you have emptied when you go to the shops. Put them back in the car once you have emptied them, as one always them, oneAalways A basket for food shopping at the market alsoentrance supplied, forgets as them. basket forgets for foodthem. shopping at the market is also supplied, hanging up inis the hanging up in the entrance hall. hall.

Boulangerie: Boulangerie:

For your and croissants. This little bakery is excellent. For your daily daily bread bread and croissants.

Proxi: Proxi:

Owned and run Agnes Espana Espana in the village. stocked Owned andbyrun by Agnes in theWell village. Wellforstocked for such a small shop. Great in emergencies. such a small shop. Great in emergencies.

Carrefour: Carrefour:

Just Just before you get Uzes the circle, the left Pout before youtoget to atUzès at theon circle, onatthe leftlesat Pont les Charettes. A well largestocked well stocked supermarket. Leave Charettes. A large supermarket. Leave 1 Euro in 1 Euro in the car for the trolley and don’t forget the shopping bags! the car for the trolley and don’t forget the shopping bags.

Dia: Dia:

before youinto getUzes intoon Uzès right hand Just Just before you get righton side. Small butside. easy to nip Small but easy to nip into. into.

Carrefour Carrefour Market: Situated on the Mac Donald’s circle just outside of Remoulins, Market: if you from Avignon Nîmes. Very close to Vers Pont Situated onare thecoming Mac Donald’s circle justor outside of Remoulins, duare Gard. Follow Avignon A9 signs village, and you will if you coming from the Avignon or Nimes. Veryfrom closethe to Vers at this circle. Pontarrive du Gard. Follow the Avignon A9 signs from the village, and Nicely stocked, quick and easy. Your best bet if you are arriving you will arrive at this circle. Nicely stocked, quick and easy. Your from the TGV at Avignon before arrival at the house or from the best bet if you are arriving from the TGV at Avignon before A9 motorway. arrival at the house.

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Lidl: Lidl:

On the opposite side of the same circle as above. Well stocked, basic goods, larger quantities and cheaper. On the opposite side of the same circle as above. Basic goods, larger quantities and cheaper. Intermarche: This is worth the trip. At the circle just before getting into Uzès, opposite a large parking space, take the Ales exit to the left. Carry Thisonis until worthyou theget trip. the circle justwith before getting in into Intermarche: toAt another circle a fountain theUzes, middle in opposite a large parking space, take the Ales exit. Carry on until Uzès. Take the Montaren exit from the circle (2nd right) and youproceed get to another circle Uzes. Take the the for a few km’with s. Youa fountain will pass in through a circle,on Montaren exit (2nd) andcircle proceed forIntermarche a few km’s. outskirts offrom townthe andcircle at the second is the Supermarket. You will pass through a circle, on the outskirts of town and at the second circle is the Intermarche Supermarket. Market: Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday Alix runs a fresh fruit and Market: vegetable on the square. She willAlix deliver of fruit and Every Monday,stall Wednesday and Saturday runsa abasket fresh fruit to the on order. andvegetables vegetable stall onhouse the square.

A fresh fishare van stops there every Wednesday. There also meat/charcuterie, cheese and fish vans.

If you turn left, from the front door you will find a green gate on the right-hand-side about 40metres away. Magali sells fresh bio-vegetables and is much cheaper than the vegetables sold on the market square! See opening times on the gate.

On the square, fresh asparagus can also be bought in season, directly from the farmer. You will see a sign: "Asparagus for Sale". Ring the bell and they will help you.

NOTE:

There is also a Nespresso machine in the house. Bring your own Nespresso pods.

Il y un machine Nespresso. Apportez vous propres «ampoules» s'il vous plaît.

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Community Community of of Vers-Pont-du-Gard Vers-Pont-du-Gard The Pont du Gard - a short drive by car takes you to the ancient Roman Aqueduct. When you theGard village, through square, turntotowards Avignon, at the next you The leave Pont du - a short drive the by car takes you the ancient Romanand Aqueduct. Whencircle you leave will turn right intothe thesquare, Pont du Gard. the village, through turn towards Avignon, and at the next circle you will turn right into the Pont du Gard.

If you prefer to walk, go straight at the circle on the main road where you enter the village. This a nicetowalk the countryside to the Pont duenter Gard. If youisprefer walk,of go2,2km straightthrough at the circle on the main road where you the village. This is a nice walk through the countryside of Pont du Gard.

This site should not be missed - and do go through the exhibition and museum, as it is most interesting. There youngthe andexhibition old. This site should not is besomething missed - andthere do gofor through and museum, as it is most interesting. There is something there for young and old.

The Pont du Gard was built from stone from the village of Vers. There are eight quarries in Vers, the du oldest the Pellier, which was started during In in theVers, village, The Pont Gardone wasbeing built from stone from the village of Vers. ThereRoman are eighttimes. quarries the you can still see the track made by the wheels of the chariots which were used to convey oldest one being the Pellier, which was started during Roman times. In the village, you can still see the stone to build the Pont du Gard. For centuries, stone coming from the quarries in Vers was the track made by the wheels of the chariots which were used to convey the stone to build the Pont used to build houses (like this one!), castles and monuments. du Gard. For centuries, stone coming from the quarries in Vers were used to build houses (like this one!), castles and monuments.

A free parking ticket is available for use by house residents. Please return it. The ticket is inside a pocket on the inside of the back page of this book A free parking ticket is available for use by house residents. Please return it.

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In 1914 the exploitation of the Walks around the village quarries slowed down. In 1942 Mr Pellier Marseille, re-opened In 1914from the exploitation of the quarries slowed down. In 1942 Mr Pellier from Marseille, re-opened the quarry of Bracoule together with the quarry of Bracoule together with the local youth. This avoided them being sent to work in the the local youth. This avoided them munitions factories in Germany. being sent to work in the munitions factories in Germany.

In 1945 he promoted the use of Vers stone for building and sculptures. In 1948 Pierre Ferrua gives it another impulsion and introduces modern techniques to commercialise the so called stone of Vers In 1945 he promoted the use of Vers Pont du Gard.

stone for building and sculptures. In 1948 Pierre Ferrua gives it another The quarryand is fascinating to modern visit - do not miss a walk past the quarry Bracoule on the street of the impulsion introduces same name.to commercialise the so techniques called stone of Vers Pont du Gard.

The village is also famous for it’s Lavoirs. It’s history, stretches 2000 years back, based on stone and water. Font d’Isiere built in to 1847. was restored in 1863 and was built on a natural fountain or The quarry is fascinating visitMisseran spring. The Mill, built in the Century, close to Chapelle St Piere by the Templars returning from do not miss a walk past the12th quarry Bracoule on the street of the same the middle East. La Grande Fontaine (Bachas) is on the village square. The original ramparts are built name. on two springs, and go back to the neolithic era. The village Lavoir isis built the old which was moved as it was too damp. The also on famous forcemetery its Lavoirs. Its history stretches 2000 years back, based on stone and water. Font d’Isiere built in 1847. Misseran was restored in 1863 and was built on a natural fountain or spring. The Mill, built in the 12th Century, close to Chapelle St Pierre by the Templars returning from the Middle East. La Grande Fontaine (Bachas) is on the village square. The original ramparts are built on two springs, and go back to the neolithic era.

This Lavoir is built on the old cemetery which was moved as it was too damp.

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Restaurants in Vers-Pont-du-Gard La Petite Gare Tel: 04 66 03 40 67 435 Route d’Uzès Vers-Pont-du-Gard Mon – Sat : Lunch • Wed – Sat : Dinner Phone first for a booking as they only have 30 couverts. The chef speaks English. Nice setting and venue. They will also cater and you can fetch ready-made dishes from them. Menu changes monthly. Food is excellent. Good value for money. Bar Café aux Voutes Tel: 04 66 22 80 17 Vers-Pont-du-Gard Serves a daily plat du jour. (Thursday – Saturday). Wholesome and tasty country food! From June to September: Open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Evenings. Pizzeria Tel: 04 66 81 37 58 5 Avenue Santa Vittoria D’ Alba Vers-Pont-du-Gard Nice pizza & pasta. Do take-outs also.

Pizza Van "La Tosca": on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evening in the village square between the grocery and the pharmacy. Their pizzas are good. Order ahead of time and fetch at the arranged time. Tel: 06 79 26 96 40.

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Wineand andWine Wine Wine Routes in the AreaArea Routes in the There are many manywineries wineries your doorstep. Try tasting theallones all around and Uzes. There are onon your doorstep. Try tasting at theatones around you and you towards towards Uzès. Then try the ones around St. Hilaire d’ Ozihan. Further afield are the Tavel wines, also worth a visit.

Then try well the known ones around Hilaire d’ Ozilhan. Further afield are the Tavel wines, also They are for theirSt.Rosé wines. worth a visit. They are well known for their Rosé wines. There are also many wineries in the Languedoc area too. Try Listel.

There are also many wineries in the Languedoc area. Try Listel. This area is known for its pale Rosé, from grapes grown in sand. Worth a drive for tasting is the town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The town abounds with wineries and tasting “caves”. There is a wine map of the area in the house with the other brochures. Try a private

Worth a drive for tasting is the town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape (about 30 minutes' drive). The winery called Cuvee du Vatican: town abounds with wineries and tasting “caves”. There is a wine map of the area in the house with the other brochures. 10 Route de Courthezon - BP 33 84231 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Try a private winery called cedex Cuvéé du Vatican: www.cuveeduvatican.com 10 Route de Courthezon - BP 33, 84231 Chateauneuf-du-Pape cedex Booking for a wine tour and tasting is preferable. www.cuveeduvatican.com

Booking for a wine tour and tasting is preferable.

There are a few wine tours that can be booked. These are guided tours. Talk to the above people, all of whom have their own small wineries very close by. They can suggest where to go for tastings or they can offer this service themselves for a small fee.

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La Gramière –Amy Lillard English & French - 1 Place des Platanes, Vers Pont du Gard Tel: 06 89 38 08 29 - www.lagramiere.com Amy is a young American Winemaker. She is perfectly positioned on the Square in Vers Pont du Gard. Pop in to taste & glass of wine and sample a snack at the Tapas Bar alongside. You can purchase wine here as well. La Cabbotine Winery – Nathalie Waltherscheid Collias English, French, Dutch & German Tel: 06 85 26 78 86 Nathalie forms part of an all-women winemaking group. Phone for an appointment to taste or purchase their wines. Their red wine is excellent! St. Quentin la Poterie – Joe McClean French & English Tel: 06 73 08 23 97 Joe will take you on a wine tour of the region. He will also do group cooking demonstrations, cook at the house or take you on a gastronomic tour. Minnimum 6 people. Winery: St Hilaire d'Ozilhan – Les Vignerons Tel: 04 66 37 67 44 Rond Point les Croisées, Route de Bagnois S/Cèze Wine Tasting & purchase

Collines du Bourdic Wines – which falls under the Duchy of Uzès – is just around the corner, on the main road to Uzès. Pop in for a tasting.

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An essential part of the Proven莽al landscape, vinyeyards have grown in the Luberon since the Romans settled here. Official deeds dating from the Middle Ages describe the presence of vineyards on both sides of the Luberon mountain slopes, particularly in the Aigues area. In the 14th century, when the Popes established their residence in Avignon, the areas planted in vineyards expanded. The popes appreciated good wine and influenced the spread of wine-growing and wine-making, which prospered up until the 19th century, when the phylloxera disease made its appearance and destroyed vast areas of vineyards. Today, the Luberon vine growers deliberately produce very low yields, placing their emphasis on high quality wines. The vines grown in the Luberon park benefit from outstanding sunshine and highly contrasted topography. Luberon vines feature a wide range of grape varieties which enable production of very diverse blends. The wines made from the lands in the Luberon Regional Park are full of character. The territory covers three different appellations: Cotes du Ventoux, Cotes du Luberon and Coteaux de Pierrevert.

C么tes du Rh么ne Wineries Wine France, Rhone - The Rhone river valley in southeastern France is a wine producing area known for its red wines. The Rhone wine region is just under 150 miles long from north to south. The Rhone wine region is located between the cities of Lyon in the north and Avignon in the south. There are 16 specific appellations that cover the Rhone wine region. All qualities of wine are produced from the Rhone, from Appellation Controllee to Vin de Table. Rhone wine appellations include: Beaumes-de-Venise, Chateau-Grillet, Chateauneuf du Pape, Chatillon-en-Diois, Clairette de Die,Condrieu, Cornas, Cote Rotie, Cotes du Rhone, Coteaux de Tricistan, Cotes due Rhone Villages, Costieres de Nimes, Cotes du Ventoux, Cotes du Luberon, Crozes-Hermitage, Gigondas, Hermitage, Lirac, Rasteau, Saint Joseph, Saint Peray, Tave and Vacqueyras. Wine production is mainly red and rose, with only two percent of white wines. Wines from the Rhone achieve outstanding quality. There is opportunity to achieve greater value in the purchase of many Rhone wines versus those of Bordeaux or Burgundy. Some of the vineyards here are very rocky. Chateauneuf du Pape and Cotes du Rhone are the two best-known wines to come from this region. A wide variety of wine grapes are grown and blended in this region but the two most commonly used are Syrah and Grenache.

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Wine Quality Levels in Côtes du Rhône The wines of the Rhône Valley are divided into four levels: • Côtes du Rhône AOC Accounting for 50% of the valley’s production, this is the ‘entry level’ classification. Most are red blends based on Grenache or Syrah and the vineyards are planted on a variety of different soils. Production rules are not as strict as other levels but wines must have a minimum of 11% alc. and be made from the 21 sanctioned grape varieties. These wines are easy drinking, food loving wines that are perfect for everyday. The white blends and rosés are equally delicious too, even if a little harder to find. • Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC The next step up the wine ‘pyramid’, the village wines are a bit more complex with lower yields and slightly higher alcohol. These wines are great for aging. • Côtes du Rhône (named) Villages AOC Keep an eye out for labels bearing one of the eighteen villages that are allowed to declare their names. In no particular order: Cairanne; Visan; Puymeras ; Séguret; Saint-Gervais; Valréas ; Vinsobres; Roaix; Sablet; Rochegude ; Chusclan; Rousset-les-Vignes; SaintPantaléon-les-Vignes; Saint-Maurice-sur-Eygues; Bagnols-sur-Ceze; Laudun; Massif d’Uchaux; Plan de Dieu • The Crus These eighteen distinctive regions – 8 in the north and 10 in the south – truly express their individual ‘terroir’ and are responsible for a miniscule 20% of the Rhône’s production: Beaumes des Venise AOC; Gigondas AOC; Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC; Lirac AOC; Tavel AOC; Rasteau AOC (changed in 2009); Vacqueyras AOC; Cornas AOC; Condrieu AOC; Château-Grillet AOC; Côte-Rôtie AOC; Crozes-Hermitage AOC; Hermitage AOC; SaintJoseph AOC; Saint Péray AOC; Diois AOC

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Restaurants in the Area Le Chardonnay Tel: 04 66 58 06 15 Place de la Madone, Argilliers (village next door). Best to book. Pleasant setting in the old rectory. Friendly service. Run by a husband and wife team. Large portions, good food.

L'Alpha'B Collias Tel: 04 66 59 02 23 35, Grand Rue lalphab@orange.fr Nombre de couverts int: 20 - Ext : 14 Tarifs mini/maxi: 13/48€ Menu enfant à 15€ Open from Tuesday Evening – Sunday afternoon. Traditional cuisine. Credit cards & cheques accepted

La Table d’Aude Tel: 04 66 81 90 47 Mas du Chateau, St Victor des Oules Booking essential. A fine dining experience in a beautiful setting.

Le Tracteur Tel: 04 66 37 19 31 Route d'Uzès, Argilliers Small menu. Pleasant setting under the trees or inside the "arty" interior.

La Bégude Saint Pierre Tel: 04 66 02 63 60 Route d'Uzès, Rive Gauche, Vers-Pont-du-Gard Newly renovated hoTel: and restaurant with resident chef. Nice bar to pop into for a drink, even if not staying for dinner. Best to book.

Table de Julien Tel: 04 66 03 75 38 12 Route d'Uzès Montaren St. Mediers Monday - Staurday *TripAdvisor: Best Restaurant in GARD region

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L'huitre et la Vigne La Maison your owner-chef) (Anne-Sophie 66 39 1 04 Route de33St.08Hilaire, Pleyre Plantade, du Plesbytere, St.Rue Hilaire d'Oz. Gaujac Tel: 06 08 05 63 57 Booking Essential. Beautiful setting amidst the vines. A most unusual and pleasurable dining experience. Book Mas de Jarres ahead 04 66or 72order 91 57 platters to take away! Lussan (A hilltop town worth a visit)

La Maison Hotel 04Castellas 66 39 33 08 and Restaurant Collias Rue du Plesbytere, Gaujac

Mas de Jarres Tel: 04 66 72 91 57 Lussan (A hilltop town worth a visit) Booking essential.

Castellas HoTel: and Restaurant Collias Two star Michelin rated. Pricey and somewhat pretentious, but is a fiine dining experience. See booklet in house.

Good French food. Two staressential. Michelin rated. Pricey and somewhat pretentious. See booklet in house. Booking

Catering:

Catering: Les Jardins de la Gare in Vers Pont du Gard does catering at their premises or yours.

La04Petite 66 03 Gare 40 67 in Vers Pont du Gard will cater food for you. To be fetched from them. Tel: 04 66 03 40 67 Suzy Loret Catering

Joe Pro Vinum Pre-booking essential. Tel: 06Organises 73 08 23picnic 97 SheMcClean will cook -for you, in thecookery house orclasses. hers, deliver the meal ready for serving. baskets, cocktail parties etc. Contact 06 31 20me 92for 31 catering at the house – high-end or special occasions can be provided for. 06 31 20 92 31 (portable) suzyq0078@hotmail.com

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Village Velo

The shop is located at the back of the shop “Imagine Ceramic” on the main road to Uzès from Saint Quentin la Poterie, the address is:

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371 Route d’Uzès St Quenin la Poterie, 30700 Tel: 06 86 45 13 10 Website: www.villagevelo.org – It is a good idea to book bicycles via the web. Very good service.

Village Velo Opening Hours: Summer (May to October) Monday 9,30h - 12,30h Tuesday 9,30h - 12,30h Wednesday Closed Thursday Closed Friday 9,30h - 12,30h Saturday Closed Sunday Closed Bike Renting : Uzès Tel: 06 20 94 71 82 Chemin du Pas du Loup-Mas d'Azur, Uzès olivier.fontanille@hotmail.fr

Michael Whitehead

FLS Cycling Tours M: + 33 681 992893 10 Fbg de L’Hopital, 2001 Switzerland www. flscyclingtours.com

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Castillon Gard Castillon du Gard Thisexquisite exquisiteMedieval Medieval village a hilltop justjust 2 km’s from VersVers PontPont du Gard. It has This villageisisperched perchedonon a hilltop 2 km’ s from du Gard. beautifully restored, and is worth visit, just wandering around thearound labyrinthine streets. There It been has been beautifully restored, and isaworth a visit, just wandering the labyrinthine streets. There is a view point from where one can see the Pont du Gard (in winter) when is a view point from where one can see the Pont du Gard (in winter) and when it is lit up and (in sumit mer). is lit up (in summer).

This village is a short bike ride away, so consider riding there by bike, having lunch, and riding backthe through vineyards. Pop into Relais &the Chateaux Le Vieux Castillon hotel and ask to have a drink on the terrace. There is a magnificent view over the valley. There is also a restaurant and look out for musical evenings held here. 04 66 37 61 61.

There are a number of casual lunch spots, and a few restaurants:

This village is a short bike ride away, so consider riding there by bike, having lunch, and riding back

Pop into the Relais & Chateaux Le Vieux Castillon hoTel: and ask to have a through the terrace. vineyards. drink on the There is a magnificent view over the valley. They have a very good restaurant and look out for musical evenings held there. There are37 a number Tel: 04 66 61 61 of casual lunch spots, and a few restaurants: Le Vieux Castillon 10 Rue Turion Sabbatier, Castillon du Gard. Le Clos des Vignes 66 37des 02 Vignes 26 Le04Clos Tel: 04 66 37 02 26 Provencal Cuisine

Provençal Cuisine

L’Amphitryon L’Amphitryon, 04 66 37 05 04Place du Vieux Village, Castillon du Gard Tel: 04 66 37 05 04 Gastronomic

Gastronomic

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Uzès Uzes

There are information about the the FirstFirst Duchy of France in the in house. Also, more informaThere informationbrochures brochures about Duchy of France the house. Also, more information can be obtained from the Tourist Office, at 1Place Albert 1 er,the Uzès, behind tion can be obtained from the Tourist Office, at Place Albert er, Uzes, behind fountain. Tel:the 04 fountain. Tel: 04 66 22 68 88/ www.uzes-tourisme.com 66 22 68 88/ www.uzes-tourisme.com

AAvisit the Saturday Saturdaymarket market a must. early, and in park the Parking Gide,toaiming to visit to the is aismust. Go Go early, and park thein Parking Gide, aiming be there be there by 9:00am at the latest. There is a map of Uzès in the house. Please return it. Once by 9:00am at the latest. There is a map of Uzes in the house. Please return it. Once in the market, instart thethe market, day off withand some and the orangewhich flavoured day offstart withthe some croissants, thecroissants, orange flavoured fougasse, is cut fougasse, into pieces which is cut into pieces with a pair of scissors! Take this along to “l’Oustal“, under the coffee arches, with a pair of scissors! Take this along to “l’Oustal, under the arches, and enjoy your morning and enjoy your morning coffee with something to eat. They expect you to come there and with something to eat. They expect you to come there and order coffee only. order coffee only while you eat your purchase.

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On Wednesdays from 7h – 13h there is a and draws visitors from across the globe. food market only, on the Place aux Herbes. Visit the Duke’s Palace, the Medieval The square is nice to visit on a week day, Garden, and the museums and churches. On Wednesday’s from 7h is athe food market only, on the Place aux Herbes. The square is having a glass of wine or -a 13h mealthere under nice to visit a week day, havingnear a glass underr the trees, and the children playing trees, and theonchildren playing theof wine or aIfmeal you are lucky, and in St Theodorit near the fountain. fountain. Cathedral over lunch, you may hear the organist practice! Thistown town is is best best appreciated one walks the winding streets and along the ramparts. It is a This appreciatedwhen when one beautifully restoredstreets town and visitors the globe. Visit the Duke’s Palace, the Mewalks the winding anddraws along the from across If you have children, do not miss the dieval Garden, the museums and churches. ramparts. It is aand beautifully restored town Haribo factory tour in Uzès.

Worth a visit Le Moulin d'Uzès You can taste & buy olive oil. Lovely shop Chemin du Mas-de-France • Tel: 04 66 01 62 39 Museum Georges Borias A museum of art, traditions and local history. In the old deaconry. Tel: 04 66 22 58 64 • www.jouetmusee.com Les Montgolfiers du Sud Hot air balloon rides over the area. Book well in advance! ±€230 p/p Tel: 04 66 37 28 02 • www.sudmontgolfiere.com

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Restaurants Taxi:

Cathy di Nezza

06 17 44 59 01

Pharmacy:

Tel 04 66 22 87 08. Open daily 9h-12h/ 14h-19h and on Saturdays 9h-

Le Comptoir du 7 Gerald Feuillatre 06 86 26 74 15. They can drop you at Chic & not expensive. Bistrotthestyle food. station in Avignon, Airports Nimes, Monpellier etc. 5 Boulevard Charles Gide, Uzès. Could be useful in an Emergency. Tel: 04 66 22 11 54 Le Bec a Vin 12h only. Great food from the resident chef. Well priced. Office: 6Mayor’s Rue entre les Tours, Uzès. Open 9h-12h. They have maps of the village, bus timetables, and general historical information. Also, posters and brochures of what is Tel: 04 66 22 41 20 happening socially in the village.

Chez Cerise Salon du Thé Wine: meals, cakes Domaine de la Valseniere, a short walk away. Their red, white Light 2 Place Dampmartin, Uzès and rosé is excellent. They also sell the same wine in boxes. Very inexpensive. The champagne they promote is also very good. Tel: 04 66 03 30 57 The Wine Co-Op is near the Old Station. Their wines are also very Via Curti Family food, Italian style. good, the Sauvignon Blanc really nice if you can get any - limited Quartier des Arts St Julien supply! 30 Boulevard Charles Gide Tel: 04 66 22 25 65

La Maison d'Uzès Rue Dr. Blanchard, Uzès Hotel/Restaurant A fine dining experience Tel: 04 66 20 07 00 Terroir Owner: Tom Graisse – speaks English Marvellous salads, well stocked deli Tel: +33 4 66 03 41 90 5 Place aux Herbes, Uzès

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Touristic Sites in the Area Touristic Sites in the

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Le Musee 1900 et des Jouets A collection of toys, objects and miniature railways. 1. 22 58 Le 64 MusĂŠe 1900 et des Jouets 04 66 A collection www.jouetmusee.com of toys, and miniature railways.

Tel: 04 66 22 58 64 www.jouetmusee.com

Musee de la Poterie Mediterranean A collection of Mediterranean ceramics. 2. MusĂŠe de la Poterie Mediterranean 04 66 03 65 86 A collection of Mediterranean ceramics. www.musee-poterie-mediterranee.com

Tel: 04 66 03 65 86 www.musee-poterie-mediterranee.com

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Le Musée du Bonbon HARIBO – Uzès The delicious story of traditional confectionery. Tel: 04 66 22 74 39 www.haribo.com

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Le Musée de la Soie The story of the silk production in the Cevennes. Silkworm raising, videos in French, activities for children. Tel: 04 66 77 66 47 www.Muséedelasoie-cevennes.com

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Le Prehistorama The fascinating - Prehistorama - a museum devoted to the origins and evolution of life and man. Tel: 04 66 85 86 96 www.prehistorama.com

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Le Musée des vallees Cevenoles This museum located in a seventeenth century inn, is dedicated to the history and culture of the Cevenol people. Tel: 04 66 85 10 48 www.Muséedescevennes.com

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Le Conservatoire de la Fourche Tradition since the 12th century an ancestral techniques. Tel: 04 66 80 54 46 www.lafourchesauve.com

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Le Musée du Desert Find out how the soul of the Cevennes was formed by the history of the Hugenots and the Camisards. Tel: 04 66 85 02 72 www.Muséedudeserts.com

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Le Musée des enfants et le Musée Moto History bicycle museum. Tel: 04 66 57 65 11 www.chateaudebosc.com

10. Le Musée du Scribe The world of writing with a variety of writing implements showing a 1920’s classroom. Audio guide English/ French. Tel: 04 66 60 88 10 www.Muséeduscribe.com

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11. La Grotte de la Cocaliere One of the most beautiful caves in France. Tel: 04 66 24 34 74 www.grotte-cocaliere.com 12. L’Abime de Bramabiau Tourists are privileged to visit such a special and extraordinary site. Tel: 04 67 82 60 78 www.abime-de-bramabiau.com 13. La Grotte de Trabuc The Trabuc caverns are amongst the most famous in Europe. They are recommended by the best Tourist Boards, Hotels and Campsites. Tel: 04 66 85 03 28 www.grottes-de-france.com 14. La Bambouseraie de Prafrance Created in 1856 the Bambouseraie provides visitors with a thousand things to smell, see and discover. Rare flowers, trees from all over the world, dwarf size to giant and bamboos, typical Laotian huts. Tel: 04 66 61 70 47 www.bambouseraie.fr 15. Le Haras national d’Uzès The stud farm of Uzès offers you its visits and the shows of Lucien Gruss. Tel: 04 66 22 68 88 www.haras-nationaux.fr 16. Randals Bison Stock raising history of American bison. Tel: 04 67 82 73 74 www.randals-bison.com 17. Les Aigles de Beaucaire Musical show with birds of prey in free flight. Tel: 04 66 59 26 72 www.aigles-de-beaucaire.com 18. Le Seaquarium Giant aquariums for Mediterranean and tropical fish, sharks, seals and sea lions. A sea centre dedicated to sea turtles. Tel: 04 66 51 57 57 www.seaquarium.fr

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19. Le Vieux Mas, a farm like in 1900 An old farm house styled as living in the early 1900's. Tel: 04 66 59 60 13 www.vieux-mas.com 20. L’Abbaye troglodytique de Saint-Roman Underground abbey founded in the 5th Century. Tel: 04 66 59 19 72 www.abbaye-saint-roman.com 21. Le Chartreuse Pontificate du Val de Benediction Carthusian monastery founded in the 14th Century by Pope Innocent VI. Tel: 04 90 15 24 24 www.chartreuse.org 22. Le Fort Saint Andre The Fort of Saint-Andre exemplifies the degree of perfection attained by military architecture of the 14th Century. Tel: 04 90 25 45 35 www.fort-saint-andre.monuments-nationaux.fr 23. Les tours et remparts d’Aigues-Mortes Impressive fortifications surrounding the city. Tel: 04 66 53 61 55 www.aigues-mortes.monuments-nationaux.fr 24. Le Pont du Gard A unique archaeological historical and natural heritage site. A must visit! Tel: 08 20 90 33 30 www.pontdugard.fr 25. Le Mas galio-romain des Tourelles Exceptional reconstruction of a gallo roman cellar and wine tasting. Tel: 04 66 59 19 72 www.tourelles.com 26. Les Arenes de Nîmes Explore the roman world’s preserved amphiteatre. The self guided tour and multimedia areas devoted to gladiators and bullfighting enable you to immerse yourself in the fascinating atmosphere of the amphitheatre. 27. Le Parc aquatique La Bouscarasse Water park. Tel: 04 66 22 50 25 www.bouscarasse.fr

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28. Le Parc d’attractions Amazonia Adventure park specially dedicated to children. Tel: 04 66 82 53 92 www.parcamazonia.fr 29. Le train a vapeur des Cevennes The Cevennesstream Railway: enjoy both a trip behind a steam locomotive and the fine land scape of the Garden valley. Tel: 04 66 60 59 00 www.trainvapeur.com 30. Les Peniches Isles de STel: Croisiere de Camarque a Aigues-Mortes Discover the fauna and flora of the Camargue from the canalboat. Tel: 04 66 53 60 70 www.islesdestel.camargue.fr 31. Le Salin d’Aigues Mortes Visit the Aigues-Mortes salt works on board a mini train and discover a product anchored in tradition. Tel: 04 66 51 04 29 www.salins.fr 32. Le Mine Temoin d’Ales en Cevennes An underground discovery tour of a coal mine. Tel: 04 66 30 45 15 www.mine-temoin.fr 33. Le Visiatome Discovery centre on radioactivity and its future. Tel: 04 66 39 78 78 www.visiatome.fr 34. Decouvrez la Source Perrier Discover the Perrier source through three essential topics. Tel: 04 66 87 61 01 www.perrier.com 35. L’Academie du vin et du gout Discover the castle, the museum and the Clary’s forest. Wine and mediterranean products tasting. Tel: 04 66 33 04 86 www.sites-touristiques-gard.fr

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Kid’s Sites Kid’s Sites Grotte La Cocaliere Grotte La Cocalière One of the most beautiful caves in France. One of the most beautiful caves in France. Tel: 04 66 24 34 74 04 66 24 34 74 www.grotte-cocaliere.com www.grotte-cocaliere.com

Aqualand Cap d’Agde

Aqualand Cap d’Agde Waterpark Waterpark Tel: 04 67 26 85 94 04 67 26 85 94 www.aqualand.fr www.aqualand.fr

Kart a pedales

Kart a pedales Go karting circuit Go karting circuit Tel: 04 42 22 19 15 04 42 22 19 15 www.labyrinthe-geant.fr www.labyrinthe-geant.fr

Canoe Kayak Vert – Collias

Canoe Kayak Vert Tel: 04 66 22 80 76 04 66 22 80 76 www.canoe-france.com/gardon www.canoe-france.com/gardon

Musée du Jouet – Arpaillargues

Musee du Jouet The only one of its kind in France. Giant lifeanimated size models made lego.made of lego. The only one of its kindanimated in France.and Giant and life size of models Tel: 04 67 39 13 53 04 67 39 13 53

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OK Corral - Silver Dollar City Theme Park 04 42 73 80 05 OK Corral - Silver Dollar City www.okcorral.fr

Theme Park Tel: 04 42des 73Baux 80 05 Chateau de Provence www.okcorral.fr Load up the largest rebuchet in France and discover and discover the fascinating history of seige machines.

Chateau des56Baux de Provence – Baux 04 90 54 55 Load up the largest rebuchet in France and discover the fascinating history of siege www.chateau-baux-provence.com machines. Do not miss the "Son et Lumière" shows: the monumental "Carrières de Lumières" host extraordinary multimedia shows which are unique in the world, and in which spectators Aquarium Mare Nostrum are totally immersed in images projected onto all the surfaces of the rock and ground. Wonders Tel: 04 90of54the55seas 56 and oceans with more than 300 species from the 4 corners of the world. 04 67 13 05 50 www.chateau-baux-provence.com www.aquariummarenostrum.fr

Aquarium Mare Nostrum – Montpellier Chateau des Roure Wonders of the seas and oceans with more than 300 species from the 4 corners of the world. A castle museum Tel: 04 67 13 05 built 50 in the fifteenth century. 04 75 38 61 13 www.aquariummarenostrum.fr www.chateaudesroure.com

Chateau des Roure Buggy Domaine AQuad castle museum builtNatura in the fifteenth century. Quad trail. Tel: 04bike 75 38 61 13 www.chateaudesroure.com 04 66 72 82 72 Le Musee du Bonbon HARIBO Quad Buggy Domaine Natura Quad bike trail. The delicious story of tradional confectionary. Tel: 04 66 72 04 66 22 74 3982 72 www.haribo.com

Le Musée du Bonbon HARIBO – Uzès The delicious story of tradional confectionery. Tel: 04 66 22 74 39 www.haribo.com

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Avignon Beaumes-de-Venise Caderousse Caromb Cucuron Fontaine-de-Vaucluse Gordes Lacste Lapalud La Tour d'Aigues Mondragon Montfavet

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Avignon Chateauneuf-de-Gadagne Entraigues-sur-Sorgue Gargas Jonquieres Le Thor Malaucene Malemort du Comtat Merindol Morieres Puymeras Sault Serignon-du-Comtat Valreas

Boulbon Les Milles Luynes St Etienne du Gres Stes Maries de la Mer La Motte Chalencon Tulette • Ales • Nîmes • Forcalquier • • • • • •

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Mormoiron Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt Vedene Vaison-la-Romaine Aix-en-Provence Alleins Aubagne Cabannes Eguilles Eyguieres Raphele les Arles Rognes

Velleron Villes-sur-Auzon Violes Aix Arles Meyrargues Molleges Mouries Orgon Peyrolles Port St Louis du Rhône Salon-de-Provence St-Remy-de-Provence Aigues-Mortes

Rognonas Tarascon Salle Sous Bois Saint Paul les 3 Chateaux • Aigues-Mortes • Le-Grau-du-Roi • Nîmes • Montfrin • Roquemaure • Saint-Jean-du-Gard • • • •

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Avignon Cairanne Caumont sur Durance L'isle sur la Sorgue Le Pontet Les Beaumettes Orange Robion Rousillon St-Christol-d'Albion Vacqueyras Villelaure Aix-en-Provence Aurelle La Roque d'Antheron

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Lambesc Mallemort Molleges Saint Andiol Stes Maries de la Mer St-Martin-de-Crau Salon-de-Provence Barjac Bellegarde Nîmes Remoulins Saint-Quentin-laPoterie • Chamaret • Pierrelatte • Mirabel-aux-Baronnies • Suze la Rousse • Taulignan

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L’Isle sur sur la la Sorgue Sorgue L’Isle The town of L’Isle sur la Sorgue, built in the 12th century on piles of marsh, is also named The town of L’Isle sur la Sorgue, built in the 12th century on piles of marsh, is also named the Comtathe Comtadine Venice: Comtadine because it was for many years the most important dine Venice: Comtadine because it was for many years the most important town of the Comtat town of the Comtat Venaissin and Venice because of its shared features with the Italian Venaissin and Venice because its shared Italian splendour. The old town, in which splendour. The old town, in of which manyfeatures canalswith run the through, has preserved a few traces of many canals run through, has preserved a few traces of its past thanks to its hydraulic system where its past thanks to its hydraulic system where water wheels are still working. The Sorgues waterdoesn’t wheels look are still working. The river Sorgues riverwith doesn’t look like any other either with its parriver like any other either its particular type of river resurgence of mystery ticular type of resurgence mystery origins water. nor its refreshing and transparent water. origins nor its refreshingofand transparent The exceptional exceptional church dame desdes Anges was was builtbuilt in 1222. It is one of one the most beautiful The churchNotre Notre dame Anges in 1222. It is of the most representation of Baroque artof in Baroque Provence art area. 1974 its organ been1974 classified as an has “historical beautiful representation inSince the Provence area.has Since its organ been classified as an “historical organ”. organ”. The ancient ancient Hotel Donadei de Campredon was selected as an historical monument, nowadays it is an The HoTel: Donadei de Campredon was selected as an historical monument, nowadays is an exceptional centre where collections from renowned exceptionalitcultural centre wherecultural many collections from many renowned artists can be looked at. artists can be looked at. Antiques and secondhand goods dealers, 300 every week-end, gathered in seven villages, open from 10am to 7pm Saturday,goods Sunday and Monday. Moreweek-end, than forty shops exhibit variousvillages, objects of Antiques and every secondhand dealers, 300 every gathered in seven open from 10am to 7pm every Saturday, Sunday and Monday. More than forty shops decoration.

permanently exhibit various objects of decoration.

Typical Provencal markets are held on Thursday and Sunday morning where you can find all the natuTypical Provencal markets heldofon Thursday Sunday morning youmarket can find ral goods and products from are the soil Provence. Theand “Brocante”, or outdoorwhere antiques starts all the natural goods and products from the soil of Provence. The “Brocante”, or outdoor at 9am every Sunday on the Avenues des Quatre Otages. The natural food market of the village Petit antiques market starts atmorning 7am every the Avenues des Quatre Otages. The natural Palias is held on Saturday fromSunday May toon October.

food market of the village Petit Palias is held on Saturday morning from May to October.

Restaurants Le Carre d'Herbes 13 Avenue les Quatre Otages Tel: 04 90 38 23 97 Pricey

Le Jardin du Quai 91 Avenue Julian Auigue Tel: 04 90 20 14 98 Pricey

La Marmite Bouillonnante Passage du Pont L'Ile aux Brocantes Tel: 04 90 38 51 05 Reasonable

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Avignon Avignon

For thePalace Palace Popes, in “Parking the “Parking des Palais”. is situated For visiting visiting the ofof thethe Popes, parkpark in the des Palais”. This is This situated along thealong river the river Rhone built into the ramparts of the old wall. You will come up directly onto Rhone built into the ramparts of the old wall. You will come up directly into the Place des Papes.the square in front of the Pope's Palace. Walking the streets is a good way of getting to know this old town. There are many restaurants. Try

Walking theobvious streets tourist is a good of getting toexpensive. know thisVisit old Les town. There are hall many to avoid the spotsway as they are more Halles, a food with a restaurants. Try to avoid the obvious tourist spots as they are more expensive. Visit Les wonderful vertical garden on the facade, it is great for your food shopping. Halles, a food hall with a wonderful vertical garden on the facade, it is great for your food shopping.

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Apart from the famous bridge and the Palais des Papes, the walled medieval centre of Avignon is packed with marvellous art galleries. The Musée Calvet is worth visiting as much Apart from the18th famous bridgebuilding and the Palais the walled medieval centre is for its elegant century as fordes itsPapes, collection of works. Better yetofisAvignon the Musée packed withwhich marvellous art galleries. The Musee Calvet is worth visiting as much for its collector elegant 18th Angladon, occupies the former home of the heir to the Parisian courtier, century building as for its collection of works. Better yet is thefruits Musee which- occupies and moderne Jacques Doucet. Unfortunalty the greatest ofAngladon, his patronage Picasso’sthe former home d’Avignon, of the heir toRouseau’ the Parisian courtier, collector and moderne JacquesVan Doucet. UnfortunDemoidelles s Snake Charmer, Manet’ s Sur la plage, Gogh’ s Irises and lotgreatest of Eileen Gray furniture are- now in the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay inSnake Paris Charmer, or have alty athe fruits of his patronage Picasso’s Demoidelles d’Avignon, Rouseau’s been sold. half aVan dozen Picasso’ paintings by are Degas, Derain, Van and Manet’s SurBut la plage, Gogh’s Irisess remain, and a lot as of well EileenasGray furniture now in the Louvre Gogh, Manet, Cezanne and Sisley. And their sumptuously decorated upstairs rooms, their Musee d’Orsay in Paris or have been sold. But half a dozen Picasso’s remain, as well as paintings by walls lined in gorgeous patterened silks, are a treat. Degas, Derain, Van Gogh, Manet, Cezanne and Sisley. And their sumptuously decorated upstairs rooms, their walls lined in gorgeous patterened silks, are a treat.

Afficionados of Renaissance painting should seek out the Petit Palais, a former archbishop’s palace on theofPlace du Palais, next should to the seek papal which world classpalace on Afficionados Renaissance painting outpalace, the Petit Palais,contains a formeraarchbishop’s collection of Italian works, including a transfixing Botticelli. the Place du Palais, next to the papal palace, which contains a world class collection of Italian works, including a transfixing Botticelli.

And contemparary art forms the core of the Collection Lambert, a fine hoTel: particulier with interiors by Andree Putman and artwork by Carl Andre, Anselm Kiefer, Christian And contemparary art forms the core of the Collection Lambert, a fine hotel particulier with interiors Boltanski, Douglas Gordon, and the only pieces by Nan Goldin and Cy Twombly on public by Andree Putman and artwork by Carl Andre, Anselm Kiefer, Christian Boltanski, Douglas Gordon, display in France. and the only pieces by Nan Goldin and Cy Twombly on public display in France.

Avignon has good shopping and boasts a Zara, H&M, Hermes and most of the popular Avignon has fabulous shopping and boasts a Zara, H&M, Hermes and all the popular European European brands. brands.

Praised abroad for its unparalleled feel of authenticity, La Mirande Hotel, has also been Praised abroad for its unparalleled feel of authenticity, La Mirande Hotel, has also been adopted by adopted by the people in Avignon to meet for afternoon tea or breakfast, a classic gourmet the people in Avignon to meet for afternoon tea or breakfast, a classic gourmet dinner, a cooking dinner, a cooking class or a Sunday brunch. This is worth a visit. As you step out of the class or brunch. worth a visit. As right you step out ofofthe Palace the Popes Palace ofa Sunday the Popes shop,This La isMirande will be in front you. Seeofbooklet in shop, houseLafor Mirande class will beschedules right in front of Marmiton". you. See booklet in house for cooking class schedules. cooking at "le www.lamirande.fr.

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Culture Festival ofAvignon (July) Bureau du Festival d'Avignon (Programs and tickets) Cloitre Saint Louis 20 Rue du Portail Boquier 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 27 66 50 festival-avignon.com

Avignon Office de tourisme 41 Cours Jean Jaurès 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 32 74 32 74 ot-avignon.fr

Museums & Galleries La Collection Lambert 5 Rue Violette 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 16 56 20 collectionlambert.com

Le Musée Calvet 65 Rue Joseph Vernet 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 86 33 84 musee-calvet.org

Maison .Jean Vilar 8 Rue de Mons 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 86 59 64 maisonjeanvilar.org

Le Musée Lapidaire 27 Rue de Ia Republique 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 85 75 38 musee-lapidaire.org

Opera Theatre Avignon Plade d'Horloge Apart from the famous bridge 84000 Avignon packed with marvellous art gal Tel: +33 4 90 82 42 42 century building as for its colle operatheatredavignon. fr

former home of the heir to the alty the greatest fruits of his p Manet’s Sur la plage, Van Gog Musee d’Orsay in Paris or hav Degas, Derain, Van Gogh, Ma rooms, their walls lined in gorg

Afficionados of Renaissance pa the Place du Palais, next to the Le Musée du Petit Palais including a transfixing Bottice

Place du Palais des Papes 84000 Avignon art forms th Tel: +33 4 90And 86contemparary 44 58 by Andree Putman and artwor petit-palais.org

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Notre Dame des Doms & Avignon has fabulous shoppin Le Jardin du rocher des brands. Doms Place du Palais des Papes Praised abroad for its unparalle 84000 Avignon

the people in Avignon to meet class or a Sunday brunch. This Le Louis Vouland ForMusée visiting Angladon the Palace of the Popes, Le parkMusée in the “Parking des Palais”. This is situated along the river Mirande will be right in front o 5Rhone Rue Laboureur 17 Rue Victor Hugo built into the ramparts of the old wall. You will come up directly into the Place des Papes.

84000 Avignon 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 82 29 03 Tel: +33 4 90 86 03 79 Walking the streets is a good way of getting to know this old town. There are many restaurants. Try angladon.com vouland.com to avoid the obvious tourist spots as they are more expensive. Visit Les Halles, a food hall with a wonderful vertical garden on the facade, it is great for your food shopping.

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Antiques Hervé Beaume 19 Rue de la Petite Fusterie 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 86 37 66 herve-baume.com

Yannerick Serignan 8 Rue de la Petite Fusterie 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 85 36 o4 antiquite-serignan.com

Martial Hanoun 14 Rue Carreterie 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 82 00 46

Homewares & Gifts La Boutique Desideco 17 Rue de Ia Petite Fusterie 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 85 90 32

Au Jardin de Provence 2 Rue de Ia Petite Fusterie 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 86 29 38

Cires et Senteurs 9 Place Saint Didier 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 16 05 48 cires-et-senteurs.fr

Souleiado 5 Rue Joseph Vernet 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 86 47 67

Fanny et Baptistin 9 Rue Rouge 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 32 74 27 89

Vox Populi 32, Rue Vieux Sextier 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 85 70 25 voxpopuli-deco.com

Flôshop 41 Rue Joseph Vernet 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 86 82 21 Original selection of objects and furniture – very ethnic / arty

Fashion Actuel B 11 Rue Joseph Vernet 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 82 91 61 Cacharel 8 Rue Joseph Vernet 84000 Avignon Tel: + 33 4 90 86 19 19

Chapelier Mouret (Hats) 20 Rue des Marchands 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 85 39 38 chapelier.com So'oh 46 Rue Joseph Vernet 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 85 74 66

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Food, Wine & Flowers La Cave du Bouffart 5 Rue de la Monnaie 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 82 24 3o

La Coupe d'Or 3 Place de Jérusalem 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 82 18 31

Comtesse du Barry 25 Rue Saint Agricol 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 82 62 92 comtessedubarry.com

Patisserie Mallard Chocolatier, patissier, a gourmet delight 32 Rue des Marchands, Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 82 42 38

La Petite Académie 23 Rue du Vieux-Sextier Avignon 84000 Tel: 06 63 92 02 64 Near the Utopia Cinema, interesting food & unusual décor

Hotel La Mirande - Le Marmiton

4 Place de La Mirande 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 14 20 20 la-mirande.fr Check out their cooking classes

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Markets Marche paysan (Food. market) Les Halles undercover each morning from Tuesday to Sunday Marche Ă Ia brocante (Flea market) Place Pie Tuesday and Thursday morning Rue Cabassole & Place des Carmes Sunday morning.

Marche aux fleurs (Flower market) Place des Carmes Saturday morning Marche aux livres (Book market) Cours Jean Jaures the first Saturday of the month

Restaurants Chez Francoise Place Pie Oposite Conservatoire of Music La Cour du Louvre 23 Rue St Agricole 84000 Avignon Tel: +33 4 90 27 12 66 www.lacourdulouvre.com *A little hidden gem! La Fourchette Restaurant 17 Rue Racine 8400, Avignon Tel: 04 90 85 20 93 Closed Saturday & Sunday

Cuisine & Comptoir 21 Place Corps-Saints, Avignon 84000 Tel: 04 90 82 18 39 Bistro style 1930's fresh produce cooked with talent & imagination La Petite Acedemie 23 Rue du Vieux-Sextier Avignon, 8400 Tel: 06 63 92 02 64 Near the Utopia Cinema Interesting food, unusual dĂŠcor Fou de Fafa 16 Rue des Troid Faucons Avignon Tel: +33 (0)4 32 76 35 13 Best to book. Ranked #3 in Avignon.

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Nîmes Nîmes Nîmes

The name of Nîmes is inescapably linked to two things – denim and Rome. The latter’s The name is ofhighly Nîmes is inescapably linked to two things – denim and Rome. The in latter’s influence influence visible in some of the most extensive Roman remains Europe, whileisthe The name of Nîmes is inescapably linked to two things – denim and Rome. The latter’s influence is former (de Nîmes), visible on theRoman backsides of the populace, manufactured highly visible in someequally of the most extensive remains in Europe, whilewas thefirst former (de Nîmes), highly visible inonsome of theand most remains in Europe, while former (dethe Nîmes), in the city’ s textile imported toRoman thewas southern USA by Mr Strauss in equally visible themills, backsides of extensive the populace, first manufactured in Levi thethe city’s textile mills, and nineteenth century to clothe slaves and mineworkers. It’ s worth a visit, in part for the ruins equally visible on the backsides of the populace, was first manufactured in the city’s textile mills, exported to the southern USA in the nineteenth century to clothe slaves. It’s worth a visit, in partand and, nowadays, for the city’ s in new-found energy and direction, enlisting the services a of a exported to the USA thecity’s nineteenth century to clothe slaves. It’s worth athe visit, inofpart for the ruins and,southern nowadays, for the new-found energy and direction, enlisting services galaxy of architects and designers – including Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel and Philippe for the of ruins and, nowadays, for the city’s new-found direction, enlisting the Starck. services of a galaxy architects and designers – including Normanenergy Foster,and Jean Nouvel and Philippe Starck. Adding to this collection will be the new and very modern Roman Museum situated galaxy of architects and designers – including Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel and Philippe Starck. across from the arena. This will be inaugurated in 2018. Apart from the Roman sites, there are many beautiful homes and gardens to be seen only by means of special entry with a guide. Check in at the Tourist Office for more information. Office de Tourisme Tel: 04 66 58 38 00 • 6 Rue August, Nîmes, 30020 • www.ot-nimes.fr

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The self guided tour of the Roman Amphitheatre is a must. Also visit Maison Carrée and the Temple of Diana. Also a visit to "Les Halles" food market, open every day until 1:00pm. If you can get a table/spot eating at the restaurant/bistro inside Les Halles is a must. Seriously regional food! - Look out for Feria's held in the amphitheatre – usually in July.

Restaurants Le 9 This courtyard restaurant in Nîmes has a relaxed, romantic atmosphere and serves excellent fish dishes 9 Rue de L'etoile, 30000, Nîmes Tel: 04 66 38 97 94 Le Grain de Soleil This terraced farmhouse restaurant in Nîmes is a top choice for organic & vegetarian food 16 Avenue de l'Ecluse, 30000, Nîmes Tel: 04 99 58 38 38

Bars L'Exaequo This inventive bar-restaurant in Nîmes is perfect for late-night mojitos & flamenco 11 Rue Bigot, 30900, Nîmes Tel: 04 66 21 71 96 Royal HolTel: Bar & Restaurant Visit the "Royal Hotel" Bar for a drink in sophisticated Nîmois company. Best vibe 8pm onwards! Also open for meals. Park at Maison Carrée on the square.L'imprevu Restaurant is a good choice.

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Arles is thethe tourist circuit, its fame sealedsealed by theby extraordinarily well-preserved Arles is aa major majortown townonon tourist circuit, its fame the extraordinarily well- Roman arena, Roman Les Arènes, at the heart, by an and impressive other stones and preserved arena, Lescity’s Arènes, at and the backed city’s heart, backedvariety by anofimpressive variety monuments, bothand Roman and medieval. was the and key city of the region Roman times, of other stones monuments, bothItRoman medieval. It wasinthe key city ofthen, the with Arles is a major town on the tourist circuit, its fame sealed by the extraordinarily well-preserved Roregion in base Roman times, then, with Aix-en-Provence, of the counts ofitProvence Aix, main of the counts of Provence before unificationmain withbase France. For centuries was Marman arena, Les Arènes, the city’s heart, and backed an variety other stones and before unification withatFrance. For centuries it wasby s only rival,of profiting from the seille’s only rival, profiting from the inland trade route upMarseille’ theimpressive Rhône whenever the enemies of France inland trade both route up theport. Rhône thekey enemies France were blocking monuments, Roman and medieval. It was when the ofof theput region in to Roman times,Marseille’ then, with were blocking Marseille’s Arleswhenever declined thecity railway an end this advantage, and its port. Arles declined when the railway put an end to this advantage, and it was an inwardAix, main base of the counts of Provence before unification centuriescentury. it was Marwas an inward-looking depressed town that Van Gogh came with to inFrance. the lateFor nineteenth Today looking depressed town that Van Gogh came to in the late nineteenth century. Today it’s seille’s only rival, profiting from the inland trade route up the Rhône whenever the enemies of France it’s a staid and conservative place, but comes to life for the Saturday market, which brings in throngs awere somewhat staid and conservative place, but comes to lifeput foran the Saturday market, which blocking port. Arles declinedand when the railway end toof this advantage, between and it of farmers fromMarseille’s theof surrounding countryside, during the various festivals tauromachie brings in throngs farmers from the surrounding countryside, and during the various was an and inward-looking depressed town frenzy that Van came inof theneighbouring late nineteenth century. Today Easter Saints, when the town’s forGogh bulls rivals to that Nîmes. festivals ofAll tauromachie between Easter and All Saints, when the town’s frenzy for bulls rivals it’s aof staid and conservative place, but comes to life for few the Saturday market, brings become in throngs that neighbouring Nîmes.However, in the past years, Arles has which once again farmers from the surrounding countryside, duringNewly the various festivalsbyofartists, tauromachie between aofproud city showcasing the patrimony ofand France. populated the city has Easter and All Saints, when the town’s frenzy for bulls rivals that of neighbouring Nîmes. become inspirational in termsof creativity, boasting new heritage sites, museums, galleries and restaurants. It is the new "place to go" for photography exhibitions every July.

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Museums and cultural sites Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles 35 Rue du Docteur Fauton, Arles Tel: +33 (0)4 90 93 08 08 fondation-vincentvangogh-arles.org LUMA Arles Parc des Ateliers Avenue Victor Hugo, Arles Exhibition changes all the time Le Musée Departemental Arles Antique Archeological discoveries beautifully displayed in this "Museum City". The most recent finds: a bust of Caesar, a statue of Neptune and a Roman Architecture in perfect condition. Not to be missed! Tel: 04 13 31 51 03 www.arlesantique.cg13.fr Musée Réattu This museum of Beaux Arts and Contemporary art was the home of Reattu – the famous painter. It is situated in the Priory of the Order of Malta 10 Rue du Grand Prieure Tel: 04 90 49 35 58 www.museereattu.arles.fr

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Lancé en 1969 par le photographe

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n'arrive jamais seul, voilà qu'un

arlésien Lucien Clerque, entouré

conférences, de lecture de portfolios,

énorme projet, confié aux architectes

d'une poignée de passionnés parmi

de débats et de stages. Depuis

Frank

lesquels l'écrivain Michel Tournier, ce

1982, la ville accueille également

s’apprête à renforcer encore les liens

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de

d'Arles avec le monde de l'image :

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sérieux, il donne rendez-vous aux

auteurs » aussi doués techniquement

métiers du visuel, regroupera bientôt

photographes du monde entier, aux

qu'artistiquement.

entreprises spécialisées, écoles et

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organise

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Chan,

salles d'exposition.

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Restaurants L'atelier de Jean-Luc Rabanel 7 Rue des Carmes, Arles Tel: 04 90 91 07 69 La Chassognette Route du Sambuc, Arles Tel: 04 90 97 26 96 Cuisine de Comptoir 10 Rue de la Liberté Tel: 04 90 96 86 28 www.cuisinedecomptoir.com

Le Jardin de Manon Stylish Provençal cuisine with a shady terrace • 14 Avenue de Alyscamps, Arles Tel: 04 90 93 38 68 Le Poisson Banane 6 Rue du Forum, Arles Tel: 04 90 43 93 90 Typifies the life of Arlesians. Filled with artists. Piano & revue bar, wine bar & regional food.

Places to stay Grand HoTel: Nord – Pinus 14 Place de Forum, Arles Tel: 04 90 93 44 44

Hotel: Jules César 9 Boulevard des Lices, Arles Tel: 04 90 52 52

La Maison d'Arles 32 Rue de la Liberté Tel: 04 90 96 15 87 Close to the arena, this 18th Century building has a shady courtyard serving designer food. Has clean freshly decorated rooms.

Le Calendal 8 Rue Porte-de-Laure, Arles Tel: 04 90 96 11 89 Diagonally opposite the arena – a Roman spa with a view, garden café serving gourmet snacks, and a well-run small hotel.

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Shopping Boutique Christian Lacroix (CL was born in Arles) 52 Rue de la Republique, Arles Tel: 04 90 96 11 16 www.christian.lacroix.com

Fanfantello 32 Rue de la Liberté, Arles Tel: 04 90 96 15 87 Paradise for children – antique toys, blankets & more

La Botte Camarguaire Hand made Camargue style cowboy boots 22 Rue Jean-Granaut • Tel: 04 90 96 20 87

Antiquités Maurin 4 Rue de Grille, Arles Tel: 04 90 96 51 57 You can spend hours browsing through this beautiful emporium

La Poule Blanche Sells all kinds of fabrics 55 Rue Victoire, Arles • Tel: 04 90 96 56 41 l'Atelier C Modern Ceramics with geometric morifs. Colour ful, fun & beautiful 6 Rue Molière, Arles Tel: 06 11 69 33 06 www.ceramique-atelier.com

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DISCOVER THE CHAUVET CAVE A prehistoric treasure like nothing you have ever seen before

Gilles Tosello a réalisé dans son atelier toulousain deux panneaux emblématiques de la grotte : le panneau des chevaux et la grande fresque des lions. Spécialiste de l’art pariétal et membre de l’équipe scientifique, il a utilisé les mêmes méthodes que l’aurignacien : fusains de charbon de bois à partir de pin sylvestre brûlé. © Carole Fritz

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Map to the Chauvet Cave Vallon Pont d'Arc

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Beaches Beaches Le Grau-du-Roi Beach Languedoc-Roussillon Best for: water-based activities Access: south-east of Montpellier on the D62 Facilities: public toilets, restaurants and bars, water-based activities Family-friendly: yes, the is a good deal to do and easy access to facilities Naturist: no La Grande Motte Beach Languedoc-Roussillon Best for: feeling like you’re in a 1970s Bond movie Access: south-east of Montpellier on the D62 Facilities: everything you could possibly need Family-friendly: yes, lots of activities, amusements and ice-cream, Blue Flag beach Naturist: no L’Espiguette Beach Languedoc-Roussillon Best for: quiet relaxation and feeling at one with nature Access: south-east of Montpellier on the D62, past the town of Grau-du-Roi towards Port Camargue, then take the road to St-Roman, then a 2 to 10 minute walk from the car park Facilities: none Family-friendly: yes, if your kids are happy to simply play and swim – bring your own parasol and water Naturist: yes, at the further end from the car park Frontignan Beach Languedoc-Roussillon Best for: kite surfing and wine tasting Access: just north of Sete, on the N112 Facilities: beach bars and restaurants, public toilets and showers Family-friendly: OK but there are more activities and things to do elsewhere Naturist: no

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Le Grau-du-Roi Beach LanguedocRoussillon Attractive old fishing village with harbour Best for: water-based activities Access: south-east of Montpellier on the D62 Facilities: public toilets, restaurants and bars, water-based activities Family-friendly: yes, the is a good deal to do and easy access to facilities Naturist: no L’Espiguette Beach LanguedocRoussillon Best for: quiet relaxation and feeling at one with nature Access: south-east of Montpellier on the D62, past the town of Grau-duRoi towards Port Camargue, then take the road to St-Roman, then a 2 to 10 minute walk from the car park Facilities: none Family-friendly: yes, if your kids are happy to simply play and swim – bring your own parasol and water Naturist: yes, at the further end from the car park La Grande Motte Beach Languedoc-Roussillon Best for: feeling like you’re in a 1970s Bond movie Access: south-east of Montpellier on the D62 Facilities: everything you could possibly need Family-friendly: yes, lots of activities, amusements and ice-cream, Blue Flag beach Naturist: no Frontignan Beach Languedoc-Roussillon Best for: kite surfing and wine tasting Access: just north of Sete, on the N112 Facilities: beach bars and restaurants, public toilets and showers Family-friendly: OK but there are more activities and things to do elsewhere Naturist: no Carmon Plage Just outside Montpellier en route to the airport. Long stretch of sandy beach and a perfect small marina with great restaurants fringing the water. Many really nice shops. The town has the physical advantages of Nice or Cannes but without the crowds. Quiet and Peaceful. Good family beach.

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La Camargue Nature in its pure form. The Camargue is situated right in the middle of the Rhône delta. It has been declared a World Heritage Site for its particular biosphere, consisting of wetlands, marshes, lagoons and an exceptional fauna and flora. This is the breeding ground of many bird speciesm flamingoes and the famous black bulls and white horses.

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i, avec ses 77 000 hectares,

but de perpétuer la tradition des

Arles est l'une des plus vastes

courses camarguaises! Surveillées

communes de France, c'est parce

pas

qu'elle englobe une partie du delta

montures blanches, les bêtes sont

du Rhône et de la Camargue. Parc

sélectionnées pour leur vivacité

naturel régional inscrit au Réseau

et leur pugnacité avant d'être

mondial des réserves de biosphère,

confrontées, durant tout l'été, dans

cet espace sauvage, composé de

les arènes des villes et des villages

marais et de lagunes, possède une

voisins, à une horde sautillante

faune et une flore exceptionnelles.

de jeunes hommes en blanc (les

En symbiose étroise, la ville vit

raseteurs) censés leur arracher

tourné vers cette terre de tradition

cocarde et pompons accrochés

où s'ancre sa passion pour le

aux cornes! Un exercice sportif

taureau. Car au cœur des grandes

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déroulent dans la ville à Paques et

liberté l'animal roi, le taureau aux

en septembre.

cornes gracieuses, dans l'unique

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To Visit: Aigue Mortes St Marie de la mer The Wetlands and salt marshes Rice Fields "Listel" Rosé wines grown in sand Le Grau du Roi: Old Fisherman's Village typical of the Camargue. Yachting harbour and lovely beaches Aigues-Mortes: In the Heart of the Petite Camargua stands the fortified city of Aigues Mortes. It has a spectacular setting boasting numerous cultural elements. St Gilles: The Gate of the Camargue, this city of Roman Art in which a famous abbey has been built. A UNESCO World Heritage site traversed by the routes of St Jacques de Compostelle is situated in the middle of rice fields, vineyards and canals.

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Exploring the Gard Region of France Written by Terri Fogarty for EuropeUpClose.com This summer, my husband Bill and I were guests of the Gard Tourisme Office for a five day tour of this beautiful, but mainly undiscovered region of France. Although we have traveled to the south of France numerous times, we had not spent much time in the Gard. The Gard is part of Languedoc Roussillon and is located just to the west of Provence. Oh, what a wonderful trip! We stayed at some great hotels and B&Bs that I will tell you more about in coming weeks. We began our visit in Beaucaire, a small town with a longstanding love affair with bulls and Frenchstyle bullfighting. We were there during a heritage celebration and enjoyed watching people dressed in the traditional garb of the region reenacting village life of long ago. We stayed one night in Le Grau du Roi and had our first Thalassotherapy experience. We had no idea that this area, set right in the Petit Camargue, is a major resort area; it reminded me of many of Florida’s beach resorts. The nearby walled city of Aigues Morts (dead waters) and its castle held lots of surprises. Built in about 102 BC, and re-built by King Louis IX of France in the 13th century; Aigues Morts was, at one time, France’s only Mediterranean port. Both the Seventh Crusade (1248) and the Eighth Crusade (1270) embarked from this historic town. This was also our first visit to the famous Pont du Gard. This well-preserved Roman aqueduct transported great quantities of water from a spring at Uzès to Nîmes, a popular retirement community for Roman soldiers. In an upcoming post, we’ll give you a little

history of the Pont du Gard and some littleknown facts. You’ll definitely want to visit yourself. Although we had visited Nîmes a long time ago, we were taken aback by how well the town preserved its Roman grandeur. We were also treated to wonderful meals and a fantastic lunch of traditional foods of the region; it was our first taste of bull. We had heard that Uzès would be a real treat, and it certainly was. From our gorgeous and authentic hotel, to the Duc’s palace to the open-air market, we were blown away by the extraordinary architecture and authenticity of Uzès. It is truly a must-see, and I’ll tell you why in a future post. The varied landscape of the Gard helps to define it. The low marshes of the Camargue are home to Pink Flamingos, Egrets, and migratory bird life of all kinds. It is also where black bulls roam freely before the gardians (cowboys) select certain bulls for bull fights throughout the region. The Camargue’s salt water marshes are also the site of the sea salt industry; special salts are harvested in this area. As you travel further inland, the terrain becomes hilly with distinctive geologic formations caused by the ancient rivers eroding the rocky land. In the northwest part of the Gard, you will find the Cevannes, an area of deep valleys and winding rivers, perfect for hiking and the exploration of the ruins of ancient abbeys and Roman artifacts. So, for the next few months, look forward to reading more about The Gard, this very special place in the South of France.

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Barclays Bank Mr Nicolas Loppin from Barclays Bank is very keen to meet you and offer a loan to anybody who might be interested in acquiring a property in France or simply to invest money. His contact details are as follows: Agence de Montpellier 7, place de la Comedie 34000 Montpellier Tel: 04 67 60 18 86 nicolas.loppin@barclays.fr

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