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Provence 1

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 charming towns.
 


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 for travellers.

 

 

Pedestrian-only streets past half-timbered buildings provide easy access to Palais des Ducs and Saint Benigne Church.
 

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 and squares.

 

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 Romanesque architecture.
 

The 2000-year-old Roman Arena in Arles was second in size to Rome's Coliseum.
 

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