Bonjour a tous!
I spent last weekend with other AIFS students on an excursion to Provence. Provence is the south eastern region of France, the French countryside. Think: herbes de Provence, fields of lavender and salts (the closer you are to the ocean). We visited Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Avignon, Arles, Tarascon, and Sainte Maries de la Mer.
We spent a few hours having a pique-nique by le Pont du Gard, a famous, ancient aqueduct built over 2,000 years ago.
When we arrived in Avignon we had a tour of the Palais des Papes then dinner ensemble. The second day was we visited the fortified chateau in Tarascon, and lunch was spent browsing the market and visiting the bull fighting arena a sort of mini Colosseum built by the Romans. Unlike in parts of Spain however bulls are rarely killed in France.
From Arles we visited Les Baux de Provence, an old chateau from the Middle Ages, with plenty of medieval weaponry and activities.
And finally, just in time for dinner, we made it to Saintes Maries de la Mer. Sunday morning included horseback riding and spending the afternoon browsing the local shops and laying in the sand on the beach. Overall this trip allowed me to see so much of Provence, that it was the perfect mini sampler of all the region has to offer.