|Posted by cameladventures on October 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM|
It's back to business as usual here at Valhalla Farm after our lovely riding and camping holiday last month.
First we explored the beautiful and rugged landscape of the Ardèche, rock climbing in the mountains and kayaking along the river in the Gorges d'Ardèche
Then we headed further south to Provence and the Côte d'Azur.
Below: Ready to move on..... this is what you call fully loaded !
Below: Near Arles (Côte d'Azure) - Darren in the chapel of an ancient monestary
which was carved out of solid rock. The first inhabitants were hermits, in the 5th Century, living in small caves. The monks arrived about one hundred years later and began to build what, over the years, became quite an elaborate and huge building with the chapel, cells, a common room and a wine making room, all of which can be seen today.
Walking around where a whole community of people had lived more than two thousand years ago was amazing.
The town of Arles has been built around the remains of a Roman amphitheatre. The mixture of old buildings and new, quaint little shops, restaurants, large squares and tiny residential streets makes for a unique atmosphere.
We liked this town a lot and enjoyed a long, lazy lunch while watching the world go by from our spot on the busy main square.