The exterior wall of the arena, with tourists scrambling up the steps
In the Middle Ages, its walls were used as ramparts, and a small medieval town grew inside.
But in 1825 it was decided to demolish it and restore it to how it had been. I rather regret that. The arena is used for bullfights nowadays. Modern version of gladiators fights?
The interior now.
The other place to visit in Arles is definitely St Trophime
First the front
Glimpse of the cloister
One of the many carvings: Daniel in the lion's den
A stained glass window
In 1889 Van Gogh left Arles and had himself committed to a hospital not far away at St Paul de Mausole, near St Rémy de Provence. He lived there for a year and painted many pictures. It was housed in a former monastery.
The cloister at St Paul de Mausole
After visiting there briefly, we made a quick stop at St Rémy, a charming old town with pretty houses and many artists.
Well, almost the end!
We left our river boat, boarded a bus, and drove on down to Nice, where it was time to fly home the next day. I have to confess that I went to France because I was homesick. However, this trip just made me want to go back again soon! Had not realized how much I missed the wonderful ripe fruits, the food and just the atmosphere.