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Published: September 15th 2016
We’ve been to the Camargue before but never to Arles so an obvious place to visit on this trip.
According to the forecast, subsequently proved correct, this is the last day of this fantastic hot dry weather. Been very little rain here in Southern France since May.
Didn’t want to waste the sunshine so took the tolled motorways all the way from Cannes to Arles so we got there quicker. It’s a lovely run, especially along the Provencal which follows the coastline but well away from it. We recognized Le Rocher de Roquebrun as we’ve stopped at Roquebrun sur Argens a couple of times. Changed motorways to L’autoroute du Soleil for a while then turned West towards Arles.
Weather sure enough was glorious so once at the campsite we had a swim in the lovely big pool and dried off in the sun.
After dinner Kisbee took us for a little run into Arles to see what was there in case it was our only chance.
Weather forecast was for some pretty atrocious weather, storms, next day and possibility we might be stuck in Tandy all day. We stopped just for coffee then scootered back before
This campsite has some very bitey mini mossies as Bob found to his cost so he didn’t sit outside for long. They attach themselves firmly whilst drawing their vampire blood and are very hard to knock off. They got me next day as well.
Weather forecast was good. Well good in that is was pretty accurate. Fortunately its timing was a bit off and it was reasonably fine when we got up so we decided to risk a trip in to Arles to see what we could see before the rain started.
Lovely town. Full of old buildings but most noteworthy the Roman Ampitheatre and the Theatre. 2000 years old and amazing.
We visited both and I stood on the stage at the Roman Theatre and sang “lost in France” (but not too loudly as there were a few people on the stone benches in the audience And I wasn’t sure of all the words).
We did do a bit of a whirlwind tour of the town and just saw the older section not the rather interesting narrow shopping streets as by noon the drizzle had started to turn to rain. We made a
quick visit to the river Rhone just to say we’d been then hopped back on Kisbee for a hasty retreat to the campsite. We had planned to visit the market but only found that as we were driving away in the rain and much better to have seen this unique Unesco town as there are markets everywhere.
Perfect timing. I changed, went to the pool and swam 10 lengths. The last rather faster than normal as big rain drops were landing on the water and I didn’t want to wait for the lightning. First clap of thunder just as I got under Tandy’s awning and they’ve carried on, on and off for the rest of the day.
There’ve been a couple of very heavy downpours with the storm overhead, great flashes of lightning lighting up the pool 50 metres away. Managed to put the awning in after the first storm as the wind was lifting it very roughly.
I’m now typing on my battery run laptop as last 30 minute storm at 8pm took the campsite electrics with it. Very little chance of posting this tonight as no electric means no wifi.
will be lovely again according to Meteo France and we will do a day trip to Marseille by train. Good thing I’ve already looked up the train times.
Campsite is Camping L’Arlesienne and is excellent being convenient for Arles and having a super big pool. Not so good on sanitaires which are, what can I say but, limited, unless you use those up by the pool – which means walking past people sitting at the bar. There are foundations for another block which will be a great improvement.
Also worth noting is that ACSI says pool closes 15th
September. No open to end of the month as long as weather is warm enough.
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