Monday, October 27, 2008

Mediterranean Sea and Arles

9-25-08 Carcassonne to Arles via the Mediterranean

We decide to pass on the hotel breakfast at 8E each and instead stop at a patisserie for fresh croissants to eat on the road, mmmmmm. More country roads for about 2 hours until we reach the Mediterranean. We have now driven the whole country from north to south. We stop at a deserted beach for a short walk and rest. The sand is very fine and white, with seashells in abundance. Of course, I have to stop and collect a few.

Mediterranean shell booty!

We continue along the coast for about 15 more minutes, head inland to Arles. We pass through a medieval gate wall and our Hotel Regence was right around the corner, next to the Rhone River. It is about 1pm, and our room is not ready, so decide to eat a nice lunch today. Our hotel clerk speaks perfect English, so we ask him where HE would eat. He pulled out a map and circled 4 restos to choose from, we chose the closest around the corner. We order their plat du jour specials again, which are actually a very good buy at 12E and it fills us for the rest of the day. Terry got a white fish in provencial tomato sauce, rice, green beans and salad. I got a chicken breast with mushroom herb white sauce, baby white potatoes, green beans and salad. Again we ate every bit – so good! For dessert, Terry got apple cake and me fresh blackberry sorbet. We were stuffed and very happy with our meal.

Laundry time! We check in and walk to the Laundromat just 3 blocks away, and chat with a nice couple from Montreal. After laundry we stroll the medieval streets until dusk.

Arles street

Arles photos

We enjoy Arles immensely, such a quaint, great walking town. It had some interesting streets, intact Roman ruins, and pretty churches. We really wish we had extra time to explore more of Arles. It is a nice, old medievel town with a Roman twist. We return to the Hotel and retire for a good nights rest – we are exhausted!

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