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Visit to Sainte Marie de la Mer and Aigues Morte

Is about one hours drive for us.

Capital of the Camargue

This is the town hall, we bought some snacks at a small boulangerie/patisserie (pain au chocolat, quiche and fougasse), the prices were normal.

 

Notre-Dame-de-la-Mer fortified church with a fresh water well inside.

Three Marys

The town is named for two Marys — in French, Ste. Marie Jacobé and Ste. Marie Salomé — who are closely linked to Jesus in the gospels. The designation "de-la-mer" (of the sea) derives from a medieval tradition that after Jesus' death the two Marys traveled across the sea by boat and lived in the Camargue the rest of their lives, helping to bring Christianity to France. [2]

The town is also a pilgrimage destination for Roma (Gypsies), who gather yearly for a religious festival in honor of Saint Sarah. Dark-skinned Saint Sara is said to have possibly been the Egyptian servant of the three Marys. In another version, Sara was a local woman who welcomed the three Marys on their arrival. A statue of Ste. Sarah is in the crypt of the church, which also encloses a 4th-century BC taurobolic altar once dedicated to the cult of the Indo-Iranian god Mithra,[4] although a likely Celtic origin is claimed.[5]

Roma Festival


Which is held each May and October. A 20 minute video.

Beach Boho Beach is adjacent to the town centre and there is free parking if you get there early.

That is us with the green sun shade, we arrived at 9.30.
More people arrived later nearly 100% French a couple of northern Europeans.
Flamingoes you see plenty of them here as well as white horses and black cattle.
 

Agriculture is also significant, and ranchers have raised horses and cattle unique to the Camargue; some of the bulls are used for bull-fighting and for the course camarguaise. Arènes des Saintes Maries de la Mer is a prominent bullfighting ring, staging festivals throughout the summer.[6][7]

Vincent Van Gogh


In June 1888 he spent a week here and made several seascape painting and some sketches. At that time it was a small fishing village with less than 100 houses.
 

In the early 20th century, the town was a literary and artistic center, with visits inter alios from such figures as American writer Ernest Hemingway and Spanish painter Picasso. The vicinity was used as a setting for various films.

Bob Dylan isclaimed to have composed the song "One more cup of coffee," included on his album Desire, while visiting the Roma festival in 1975 on his 34th birthday.[10]

 

 

Aigues Mortes


Is a 50 minute drive for us.

Is completely walled in very good condition.

We had to pay to park here 2.90 euros fro 3 hours.
This is a statue of Louis IX who was responsible for the 7th and 8th crusade which set off from Aigues Mortes.
It is very handy having your letterbox here you do not need to go to the door to collect your mail!
We bought some ice cream the price was normal. nearly all french again we saw one car that had a Belgium registration.

Ernest Heminway spent time at Le Grau-du-Roi in 1927 and 1948 which is was a small fishing village then and his book The garden of Eden takes place in Aigues Mortes.

I spent some time there in 1984.

 

By Happolati - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Offer

We have an offer of 5 pounds off a carton of Blanc 2016 and Assemblage Deux 2015 collected at the depot which is only available through our app. it expires on the 31st of July.

We plan to have regular offers through the app which is very easy for me to organise, if you have push notifications you will informed.

You should always close the current tab to see the new version of the app.

The app is free to download.
Yours sincerely,

Arthur Cook



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