A Roman Coliseum on the Road to Nice

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Cafe Van Gogh. One of Vincent's hangouts.
     We departed Paris and flew into Marseille for the drive to Nice.  As a side trip, we headed to Arles which had been settled by the Romans.  As the bus slowed down, our middle-schoolers started cheering and getting excited.  Yes, I thought.  They are finally seeing the relavence of history and geography.  Nooooo, they spotted a McDonald's Restaurant!  How can you be in France and waste your appetite at McDonald's?

     After lunch we walked up a sidestree into a small square and saw the Cafe Van Gogh.  Vincent lived in Arles for a while and reportedly frequented this spot quite often.
No gladiators to be found.
  I don't think a "Happy Meal" was part of their menu.  Up the street a few more blocks was a small coliseum built by the Romans.  In the past century it had been used mainly for bullfights.  It cost a small fee to enter, once inside we saw no security or employees and were free to wander the entire facility, except onto the arena floor.  Attempts to renovate the outside were underway, and one of my pictures illustrates the work in progress.  For you movie buffs, Robert DeNiro and Jean Reno made a movie in France called "Ronin".  The coliseum in Arles and surrounding neighborhood figures promiently in the movie.

     This was quite a worthwhile side trip and I recommend it.  There were several mom and pop type shops on the streets around the coliseum and the citizens were quite warm and friendly.
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Cafe Van Gogh.  One of Vincents h…
Cafe Van Gogh. One of Vincent's …
No gladiators to be found.
No gladiators to be found.
Can you tell which side has been r…
Can you tell which side has been …
A quiet lunch.
A quiet lunch.
Old Roman ruins.
Old Roman ruins.
Waiting for someone?
Waiting for someone?
More than beaches make the south o…
More than beaches make the south …
Old town square.
Old town square.
My wife likes doors.
My wife likes doors.
Sheila also likes shutters and win…
Sheila also likes shutters and wi…
Directly across from the coliseum.
Directly across from the coliseum.
An answer to the gas crunch.
An answer to the gas crunch.
And I traveled thousands of miles …
And I traveled thousands of miles…
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