There are castles, and then there are castles. This one dates back to the 1700s, which explains its unusual Italianate style, and only became a hotel in 2017, after three centuries as a private estate. Its setting, just to the north of Aix-en-Provence, endears it to wine lovers, as does the Fonscolombe winery itself, which produces organic reds, whites, and rosés. But key to its appeal is that it’s quite simply a very nice hotel – Château de Fonscolombe, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence, France
Aix-en-Provence is all class: its leafy boulevards and squares are lined with 17th- and 18th-century mansions or are laced with polished pavement terraces where you can sip espresso… A landmark in the city is “La Fontaine de la Rotonde”. The fountain was built in 1860 as the centrepiece to the place de la Rotonde, the roundabout at the western edge of Cours Mireabeau, this magnificent fountain is adorned by sculptures of lions, swans, mythical creatures, and three women, representing justice, agriculture and the arts – Place de la Rotonde, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence, France.
The Camargue is the place where the Petit Rhône and Grand Rhône meet the Mediterranean. The Camargue is 930 sq km of salt flats, small saltwater lakes with lots of mosquitos, and marshlands, again with lots and lots of mosquitos. The whole is interspersed with farmland. On display is the salt production from a salt pan observation mound – Camargue, Provence, France.
Three lighthouses were built in the Camargue to warn against shipwrecks -- sailors were afraid of the Camargue coastline be- cause it is completely flat and constantly changing -- the Faraman lighthouse, visible from 55 km away, the Beauduc and Gacholle lighthouses. Gacholle is 17 meters high and produces its electricity with a wind turbine. Sailors recognize its green, white and red light - Phare de la Gacholle, Camargue, Provence, France.
Wandering through the wetlands of the Camargue, the natural habitats of birds and fish at the Domaine de la Palissade, a remote nature centre, 12km south of Salin de Giraud – Domaine de la Palissade, Camargue, France.
People playing pétanque just outside Arles Amphitheatre (Les Arènes). In Roman Gaul, every important town had an amphitheatre, where gladiators and wild animals met their usually grisly ends. Few examples have survived, but Arles has preserved its colosseum largely intact. Today the structure is used to host outdoor spectacles, concerts, races, etc. Les Arènes, Arles, Provence, France
The Camargue horse is said to have lived in the Camargue marshes and wetlands for thousands of years and has long standing historical ties to the local community, where families have worked with the breed for generations.With their characteristic grey colour and love of salt water, the white horses of Camargue offer a wildlife watching experience second to none. Not only are these horses strong and able to withstand extreme elements, they are also even tempered and although they are technically wild, their living among humans for thousands of years have made them friendly and curious of visitors and wildlife watchers – Manade Jacques Bon, Arles, Camargue, France
Arles is all about Roman treasures, shady squares, colourful sun-baked houses and cozy alleys filled with bars and shops.With one day in Arles, we had plenty of time to visit a few of the Roman monuments, take a Van Gogh walking tour, visit a museum, and wander around the charming streets - Arles, Provence, France.
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