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“No bull”

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer beach
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Sydney, Australia
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“No bull”
Reviewed 24 July 2013

We took the bus from Arles to Stes-Maries de-la-Mere. The drive was through marshland and cereal growing fields. The notion of seeing the 'wild' side France was exciting. Pink flamingos,wild bulls,nasty boars and even nastier mosquitoes. Nature lovers rejoice!
Then you reach the white washed,spanish-feeling, seafront town with acres of white horses and black bulls at its doorstep. Its like coming to a French coney island with trinkets everywhere.
Take note it gusts regularly. Its not only the migration place for birds and flamingos, it also attracts the Roma gypsies when they pile into their caravans and migrate here to venerate the statue of Saint Sarah.
The town is short on things to do except its beach , promenade,bullring and towering five-belled fortified church. However it is the jumping point for cyclists,horse riders and jeep adventures.
I recommend hopping onto the boat tours which ply their way through the estuaries,giving you a scenic opportunity to spot birds,fish, black bulls and white horses.
We stopped at L'Hostellerie du Pont de Gau for lunch where we sampled Riz de Camargue,a red,chewy,nutty-tasting rice and Taureau(bulls meat),as well as,spicy picodon and the native goat cheese
For bragging rights back home...try bulls testicles!!......hhhmmmm?

Visited September 2012
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“Nice beach!”
Reviewed 15 July 2013 via mobile

This beach is not like the others in Provence. Not so azur. Send is black and water is quite cold.
There are no showers on the beach. But it's nice, in the city centre, water is shallow. You can walk around the park of Carmarque. I think this beach is great for children.

Visited July 2013
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Westchester County, New York
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“For Vincent fans, another opportunity”
Reviewed 27 June 2013

I have had a lifelong hobby (aka mini-obsession) with visiting sites associated with Van Gogh's work, most particularly in France. While staying in Arles for six weeks, I made a side trip to Saintes -Maries where he painted sailboats and the like at sea. It's a very different environment for Vincent, so out of character with the environments in which he otherwise painted. It was a most pleasant trip and fun to imagine him working just here on the shore.

Visited July 2012
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Meyreuil, France
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“A wide sandy beach”
Reviewed 10 May 2013

The beach he is wide, very white and bright, the water calm and clear. Just watch for mosquitoes in the high season.

Visited May 2013
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Bassoues, France
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“Such a beautiful place”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Drive through the camper van area and as far as you can along the dune roads to the small car park at the end of the road. Then walk along the most spectacular stretch of beach. We were there in wild and blustery conditions with our dogs who just thought it was wonderful, the waves crashing on the beach and the stormy seas just had to be seen against the blackening sky - it was magic. In complete contrast on a lovely sunny but not too warm day it was joyful to sit sheltered by the dunes and watch along the endless beach as the waves rolled in. A wonderful place for walking and I imagine in the summer swimming. It was filling up for Easter when we were there and I could imagine is a very popular place in the Summer. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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