Aigues Mortes….Back to the Camargue.

Marseillan Plage to Aigues-Mortes

Marseillan Plage to Aigues-Mortes

Today (Thursday 16th) we returned to the aire at Agues Mortes ( N 43.565712 E 4.19593). We were here a few months ago en route to Arles. This is the fabulous thirteenth century walled city which was built by Louis IX (Saint Louis) as a departure port for the crusades.

Mavis outside the east wall.

Mavis outside the east wall.

The aire is a large car park with water and drainage facilities. It was free to stay here when we visited this time; normally it is a few euros but the ticket machine was broken and the entrance and exit barriers had been removed.

The Aire from the Ramparts

The Aire from the Ramparts

Porte de la Reine

Porte de la Reine

This is one of the tower gates on the east wall. These were often used as places of refuge, in the fights between the catholics and the protestants. The towers still bear marks left by missiles.

Saint Louis

Saint Louis

We paused at the Place St Louis under the gaze of the man himself. He has acquired a bottle of wine since we were last here.

Jane

Jane

Butterfly perched on Jane’s hat. Must be a good omen.

The local hat shop

The local hat shop

Keith tried on a few hats but couldn’t be persuaded to buy one.

The Ramparts

The Ramparts

We took a stroll around the ramparts. About a mile around and at only €7.50 well worth the money. Dogs not allowed; we left Penny and Colin guarding the motorhome. Or possibly snoozing…

The North Wall with the Constance Tower at its western end.

The North Wall with the Constance Tower at its western end.

Inside the  Constance Tower

Inside the Constance Tower

Built in 1248 this tower is all that remains of the castle built in Louis IX’s reign. The upper room was used to imprison protestants in the 18th century, amongst them Marie Durand, a famous figure in the history of protestant resistance. She was imprisoned for 38 years in an attempt to force her brother, a pastor, to give himself up.

Saint Louis

Saint Louis

Saint Louis kept popping up on the tour of the Ramparts.

Canal du Rhône à Sète

Canal du Rhône à Sète

There is a good view of the canal from the tower.

Rooftop Gardens

Rooftop Gardens

Looking over the city to the salt pans beyond.

Looking over the city to the salt pans beyond.

Large amounts of salt are still harvested from the extensive salt pans around here.

Looking west along the south wall

Looking west along the south wall

The south wall

The south wall

Walk to the south of the city

Walk to the south of the city

After the ramparts we took the dogs along a duck boarded walk to the south of the city.

La Pignata

La Pignata

We ate at this friendly restaurant just off the Place St Louis.

Sunset over the city

Sunset over the city

View from the aire

View from the aire

On Friday morning we separated from Keith and Jane, who are heading back home. We are heading towards Saintes-maries-de-la-Mer and points east.

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

Posted in - France, 2013 Spring, 2014 Autumn, Aigues Mortes, Languedoc-Roussillon

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