Awaken To Arles in Provence, France

Bonjour mes amis,

Thankyou all for the flood of kind sentiments having lost our precious dog and so the order of the day is recuperation which makes me want to take you all to sunny Arles in beautiful Provence.

Be greeted by this intricate religious mosaic on the wall of the Old Town as we walk through.

Arles has history and intrigue from the 7th century (with an amazing Museum), markets selling organic produce and wonderful olive products, tablecloths, fabrics and textiles for quilting and other sewing needs…

galleries and exhibitions, boutiques and cafes, fabulous restaurants serving succulent meals to remember…

and later even a Moroccan steam bath if you prefer to totally unwind and rejuvenate the joy.

All this nestled into a back drop of Roman ruins and an amphitheatre (Les Arenes) where the sounds of bull fighting can be heard right across the city.

And did I mention catacombs?

Look no further than Arles.

Home of the famous Vincent Van Gogh for a long while (he also thought recuperation necessary here) and todays residents include of plenty of friendly artisans who are not only painters, poets and potters, but chocolatiers, bee keepers, photographers and entertaining musicians performing in regular festivals for us to enjoy throughout the year.

One of the locals told me that the oldest person in the world (who lived until she was 122 and died in 1997) was born in Arles.Yes, Jeanne Louise Calment obviously knew the secrets of longevity. Perhaps it was the diet, the exercise (she rode a bicycle until 100 years of age) or maybe it was the climate, her sense of humour or even her bravery.

One things for certain, Arles has something really special that it makes you want to live forever (well almost!).

You’ll love Arles.

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Au Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

copyright@2010 Therese Waddell


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