Saint Louis

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We spent a couple of days travelling down France, stopping at aires near Orleans and then in the Auvergne, then arrived at the medieval walled town of Aigues-Mortes, on the edge of the Camargue, in Provence.

We camped in the aire/car park just on the edge of the town.
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View of Mavis from the ramparts, almost on our own by the morning ‘tho it was quite a busy car-park when we arrived on Sunday afternoon.
AMScanalAigues-Mortes is surrounded by water on three sides and gained its name from the stagnant, or dead, waters where it was built, in the times when the Camargue was a collection of swamps and marshes.
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The town is of historical interest because it was the port from which Louis IXth, better known as Saint Louis, set sail for the 7th and 8th crusades. He was to die of disease shortly after disembarking in Tunisia in 1270.
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Plaque commemorating the crusades.
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Nia and Colin enjoying a rest in the Place St Louis.
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Peter on ramparts.
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Tower at one corner of the town..the walls and towers are all very well preserved.
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Boulangerie. Lovely tartlette au Pommes.
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Aigues-Mortes at night. We had a lovely meal at one of the restaurants just off the Place St Louis.
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Lion guarding one of the gate towers. Why is he winking?
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View looking to the South, over the Etang du Roi, from the ramparts. The white hills in the background are piles of salt, still a major industry here. In the past the area was ruled by the monks of Psalmody Abbey, who became wealthy from the sale of the salt harvested here by evaporation.
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The Burgundy tower in one corner of the town. Apparently the bodies of the Burgundian garrison killed in some long ago feud were salted down here.
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We moved on to Saintes Maries de la Mer, on the southern tip of the Camargue. It is packed with birdlife making the most of the extensive salt-pans and lakes.
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There is a long cycle ride along the dike to the east of Stes Maries.
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Camped on the beach at Stes Maries, overlooking the Mediterranean.
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The church at Stes Maries, catching the morning light.
A minor problem has arisen back in Cumbria, so we are now wending are way back up through France to return home for a few weeks…we will return to Provence at some stage.

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Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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4 comments on “Saint Louis
  1. Jim Palmer says:

    Peter and Nia,

    Thanks for a fascinating blog. Very sorry to hear you are having to return home ,not because we were pleased to see the back of you but because of the dent in your plans ! If we can help in any way let us know. We are away overnight on Saturday with the Watsons but other wise we we will be here. Safe travelling,

    Jim and Val

  2. Nikolos says:

    Hi P&N
    Hope “minor problem” is easily fixed. Too many French tartlettes is bad for Peter anyway at his age. Let me know when you are passing by again.
    Nick

  3. gareth says:

    Hi there

    Do you have the details of your beach campsite above at St Marie posted up anywhere? Ive had a look online but everywhere seems to say wild camping is not allowed and the only places to park up are in town? thanks and loving your postings!

    • Hi Gareth
      Its not quite wild, ‘cos a guy from the local council pitches up each morning and collects 10 euros or so from you. However its on the beach and it feels wild!
      http://goo.gl/maps/6zO3L
      this is the link to the position on google maps.
      If you look on google maps there is an aire on the seafront at Stes Maries (aire 108 in vicarious book) ….just drive past this aire heading east…sandy track but OK..and you get to the beach site in about 500 yards

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