From Paris we
drove along the Rhone River. We visited Dijon and Lyon before
proceeding to the Provence region. In Provence we used Arles as
a base to explore Avignon, Les Baux, Pont Gard, and numerous
Having a good GPS system is essential for driving
the main thoroughfares and tiny backroads of Provence. We
brought our own.
Dijon is one of the best preserved medieval towns
in France. The central Place Francois Rude is a gathering place
Pedestrian-only streets past half-timbered
buildings provide easy access to Palais des Ducs and Saint
Shops feature many varieties of mustard as well
as olive oils and wines.
From 1309-1377 Avignon served as Vatican
headquarters. The Palace Square is lined with the Popes Palace,
the Petit Palais and the cathedral.
St. Benezet Bridge is the Pont D'Avignon of
children's song fame.
The old town of Arles is a world heritage site.
Roman ruins and medieval landmarks lie in a tangle of streets
In Arles Republic
Square, citizens gathered to protest the government's new
austerity measures, a sight we were to see repeatedly in Europe.
The Church of St. Trophime built between the 12th
century and the 15th century is an important example of
The 2000-year-old Roman Arena in Arles was second
in size to Rome's Coliseum.