April proved to be a very friendly month…two of my friends came to spend time with me! It takes quite a bit of devotion to give up more than a week of time and work, and a sizable chunk of weak dollars to come all the way over here to share France with me, but they did it! The first was Sherry, one of my dearest friends.
Her first morning with us was April First, which in France is Poisson d’Avril. This is a time of practical jokes, consisting almost entirely of children attaching drawings of fish to adults, accompanied by many giggles. Chocolate fish are also frequently given to kids at this time, invariably filled with, well, more fish.
Sherry and I spent some girl-time visiting Arles in Provence. It was a little early for the stereotypical lavender and sunflowers, but it was still lovely. Arles was one of the dirtier, more run-down cities I’ve visited, but it was still charming, and the hunt for Van Gogh sites was a lot of fun.
The hotel proprietor was very friendly and helpful, and the breakfasts were great, as deluxe continentals. I didn’t take any photos from the room window, though, as I am accustomed to, because it was a very unprepossessing alley. Come visit Arles with us!
I really enjoyed the windows in Arles, and have a bit of a collection. I am considering a series of windows in acrylics.
What actually surprised me in Arles was its Roman roots. I was really impressed with how the medieval city was built onto and incorporated the Roman city, and how much is left to see. Well, the scope of it was pretty amazing.
We started out at the museum, whose models of the old Roman landmarks were eye opening.
And then, of course, there was the amphitheater, still in use for concerts, bull games and a couple of times a year, bull fighting.
Our stay in Arles was short and cloudy, but we next visited Toulouse and Barcelona. It was wonderful to get to share some of my favorite places with my friend!