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France and Italy, 2004

Uzès, Part 3

Uzès provided a very good base for visting western Provence.

This is the bridge at Avignon. It used to have 22 arches, but now has only four. This view is taken from the island in the middle of the River Rhône, which is where people used to dance: not on the bridge (sur le pont) but under it (sous le pont).

The Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace) in Avignon. It is huge and, even though it is now mostly empty, one can only marvel at the lifestyle of the Popes.

Further down the Rhône, the towns of Beaucaire and Tarascon have castles facing each other across the river. The castle in Beaucaire is locked up and accessible only to those going to watch performing eagles, but near it is this unusual watch tower.

The castle in Tarascon is less grim, and open to the public.

Nearby Nîmes has a number of Roman relics, including its Arena which is still used for plays and bullfighting.

Memorial to a bullfighter outside the Arena.

The oldest building in Nîmes is the Maison Carrée, a Roman temple which has been used for many other purposes over the past 2000 years.

Further east, in Provence proper, is the hilltop villages of Gordes. This is the view of Gordes from the approach road.

And this is the view of the Provençal plain from Gordes.

Near Gordes is the Abbey of Senanque, where the monks grow lavender. It was not in full bloom when we were there, but you can get an idea of the effect.

A typical Provencal bell tower. Each town has its own design.

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