SAINTES MARIES DE LA MER,CAMARGUE's and ROMA capital.

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Map of Camargue located between the 2 main arms of river Rhône and Mediterranean

          As I had  there in Auberge Cavalière few km far from the village center of Saintes Maries de la Mer a  boring conference ,I shorted  the session (as often, when I'm in scenic areas) and we got plenty of time  during our weekend to visit again the capital of Camargue and to enjoy its streets,beaches,horses and bulls,traditions and  .......mosquitoes!

          CAMARGUE is a triangular area between Languedoc and Provence in the south of France,a river delta formed by the 2 branches of the river Rhône and the Mediterranean sea.This marshy area has an exceptional biological diversity:one can find there more than 400 species of birds including herons,aigrettes, pink flamengos,horses(an ancient breed of grey horses with a black skin underlying a white hair coat),bulls which are the center of many of cultural traditions.

Saintes Maries de la mer village @ Office de tourisme
....and mosquitoes!

          The SAINTES- MARIES -DE -LA -MER,is located 45 km from the first largest commune in France,Arles.With 2500 residents in Winter but over 50000 in Summer,it is a fishing village built around its unusual church,Notre Dame de la Mer and associated since the Medieval times with the Roma(Gypsies,in French Gitans).Every year in May,Gypsies from all over Europe gather here on pilgrimage to venerate their patron saint,saint Sarah.

         This village overcrowded in Summer,on the 24th 25th May.... has a pedestrian town center with countless souvenirshops along its narrow streets.Danielle bought 2 boxes of Fleur de sel sea salt.

Pink flamingos close to the village
Sea salt is with the rice the most important harvest of the Camargue.It offers also an interesting Museum,The Baroncelli Museum dedicated to the hero of Camargue and where people can learn a lot about the local traditions.

         Sandy beaches and the large marshlands around the village are very touristy(don't worry there is a lot of space).One can meet there the white horses and black bulls of the manades(ranch) and its gardians(cowboys).We did an interesting cruise on the Rhône river to rediscover the rich fauna of Camargue.

bernard69 says:
thanks for yr continuing congrats!u have to wait for more info cos before posting about the 3 saints I have to engage in private prayer...
Posted on: Jun 25, 2009
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Map of Camargue located between th…
Map of Camargue located between t…
Saintes Maries de la mer village @…
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Pink flamingos close to the village
Pink flamingos close to the village
the fortified church
the fortified church
beach
beach
all is sold in the Saintes Maries…
all is sold in the Saintes Maries…
even sausages
even sausages
closer
closer
traditional jams and honey
traditional jams and honey
confiture de gratte-cul,literally …
confiture de gratte-cul,literally…
Camargues horses,an ancient breed…
Camargue's horses,an ancient bree…
pink flamingo
pink flamingo
pink flamingo
pink flamingo
Camargues bulls
Camargue's bulls
Saintes Maries de la Mer
photo by: bernard69