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Arles to Castelsarrasin


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We managed to make some pretty good headway last night, travelling three hours from St Tropez to Arles. We chose this place after consulting our camperstop book as it sounded like a beautiful, historic old town. We arrived after midnight and parked, as guided, in a carpark outside the old city. When we woke the following morning, our empty carpark was a hub of activity and we tentatively peeked outside, almost expecting to have received a ticket for parking here but thankfully we were ok!

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The city was absolutely gorgeous, situated on the Rhone and with an impressive Colosseum, apparently the 20th largest in Europe. The city was full of tiny cobbled streets that interlaced with each other and often hid huge feasts of architecture until the last moment.

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We treated ourselves to a "Rhum baba" which is like a fruit sponge served with a shot of rum (11am? Yes please!) and a profiterole for Mylo.

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After a few hours of exploring we returned to the van for lunch and set out again, wanting to get as close as possible to Bordeaux.

We broke up the journey by stopping just outside of Carcassone beside some terraced playing fields where the boys burnt off some energy while I prepped dinner. We trecked on and Jeremy put in an epic effort, making it to Castelsarrasin where our Camperstop book guided us to a fantastic (and free!) camping spot on an illuminated street right on the canal.

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As always, it was exciting for us all to open the curtains and see where we were.

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A new day

We enjoyed a morning bike ride after a croissant breakfast.

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According to our sat nav we were now only 2 hours from Bordeaux which was a relief as we were both sick of marathon drives.

Posted by bywaterbyland 21:22 Archived in France

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