Friday, July 19, 2013

France -day 5-Les Baux/Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Continued from France -day 4-Arles/visiting sites of Van Gogh.

Today we visit Les-Baux-de-Provence and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
Available transportation is a bus or a car.
I have an abroad driving license but I am not familiar with the driving rules in France. Then I chose a bus.

The bus to Les-Baux-de-Provence leaves at the railway station, not downtown.
The railway station is a little far and it is annoying to get there.

The bus #59 leaves at 7:45am at the station. There are only few buses to Les-Baux and well-planning is really required.

The seats are comfortable.

Very refreshing view in the morning light.


The mountains are approaching.


Arrived at 8:20, about 35mins riding.


Chateau des Baux-de-Provence is just in front of us.


Walking on the road and reached to the village.


The castle opens at 9am, and we had plenty time to look around the village.
Most of stores were not open yet.

The pavement leads straight to the castle.

The gate of the castle. It was not opened yet.


At 9pm the gate was opened. We were the first guests.

There are catapults and missiles.

In weekends there are some shooting shows.

The view from here is good, but


We must go to the castle.

The castle was destroyed in 17th century, and remnants remain.


Climbing beyond this board is at your own risk.


Climbing the steep stairs to...


This awesome view!

Feeling like a lord of the medieval period.

The other side was also good.


Later hours the stairs shall be crowded with people going up and down.
Then visiting in early time and just going straight to the castle is recommended.

It took almost 2 hours to look around.

After 10am the gate was getting busy.


At the bust stop.
The next bust to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is at 10:50, which give enough time to look around the castle.

Many bike riders were passing through.

I heard this is one of the routes of Tour de France.
It is not too steep, but still challenging.
Riding on bicycle from town to town sounds nice to me, in such a nice view.

It takes 15 minutes to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence by bus.

Lunch.

We skipped breakfast in the morning, so this volume can be acceptable as my excuse.

After lunch we walked up to Saint Paul De Mausole in 1km away.

There used be a hospital where Van Gogh was staying.

The walk up to here was somehow hot. We should take rent-a-car.

After the gate we see the building.


This path was also drawn by him.

In the building his room is rebuilt.

Nice view of the atrium.


And this lavender field.

It is hot, but we came in the right season.

We walked around Saint-Rémy-de-Provence before riding the bus.

There are many nice paths.

This is the house Nostradamus was born.

I am grad we can be here in 21st century.

Dinner at a brasserie in neighborhood.


Continued to France -day 6-Morning market in Arles and Montpellier.

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