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The Rhone through Provence

Arles

sunny 70 °F

We boarded the TVG train to Arles at noon for the 4 hour 15 minute ride to Arles. Because of its speed, the countryside flew by. When we got to Arles, the AMAKristina was tied up right across the parking lot from the train station - a short walk!
The TGV ( high-speed train acronym) is a French- designed self-propelled train powered by catenary and powered by electric motors , regularly reaching a cruising speed of 320 km/h on high-speed lines. Late in the afternoon, we had our welcome reception and safety briefing and then a wonderful welcome aboard dinner.

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We spent the night in Arles and set out on our first tour of the day - a walking tour of Arles where Van Gogh spent a year painting.
Arles is a coastal city and commune in the South of France, a subprefecture in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, in the former province of Provence. The city has a long history, and was of considerable importance in the Roman province of Gallia Narbonensis. The Roman and Romanesque Monuments of Arles were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981 for their testimony to the history of the region. Many artists have lived and worked in this area because of the southern light,[further explanation needed] including Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Jacques Réattu, and Peter Brown. The Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh lived in Arles from 1888 to 1889, and produced over 300 paintings and drawings during his time there.

The Arles Amphitheatreis a Roman amphitheatre in the southern French town of Arles. Two-tiered, it is probably the most prominent tourist attraction in the city which thrived in Ancient Rome. The towers jutting out from the top are medieval add-ons. Built in 90 AD, the amphitheatre held over 20,000 spectators of chariot races and bloody hand-to-hand battles. Today, it draws smaller crowds for bullfighting during the Feria d'Arles as well as plays and concerts in summer.nnIn 1981, Arles Amphitheatre was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with other Roman and medieval buildings of the city, as part of the Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments group. We set sail for the 41km cruise to Avignon at 6:00pm tonight.

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Posted by rpickett 13:47 Archived in France Tagged arles

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Beautiful sites Rusty, have fun.

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