by John Lane
Who would of thought that a Roman Ampitheater would be in the middle of Arles in Southern France? Arles, the southern most point of our Rhone River cruise, became a Roman colony in 49 BC when Julius Caesar took over the region. Arles is also known for Van Gogh. He settled here in 1888 and entered into his period of uniques light colors of the region.
Camargue, outside of the city, is Western Europe’s largest river delta and home of more than 400 species of birds including the pink flamingo. The famous Camargue black bull and the Camargue white horse are also found here.
A wonderful walking tour of the city in the morning and a “Tauck exclusive” afternoon at the ranch of the Laurent Family where we dined on a provencal lunch and watched the bulls and horses in action. It was a truly amazing day in Arles.
Note: John is onboard the Swiss Emerald with Tauck River Cruises this week, sailing from Arles to Lyon, France and will be posting blog updates as his time allows; check back for more!