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Good bye St. Rémy
We had our usual French breakfast of chocolate cereal (think chocolate, not sugar), meats, cheeses, dried fruit, yoghurt, and, of course, bread. The French know how to make bread, and the butter is to die for. The little 2 star hotel is a place I would return to. Hotel l'Armendiere has a pool open in the summer, and lots of outside seating. 2 stars in France is an acceptable level of hotel and we certainly didn't have any complaints. They might have complained about me, had they known, because I accidentally knocked out all the lights on the 2nd floor in the hotel. Don't ask. Down one piece of electronics.

Our day in St. Rémy was warm and pleasant. Shops tend not to open on Mondays, so I didn't have to wait for Corinne outside of clothes/shoe shops. We did sample some olive oil though, and there certainly are incredible differences.

Vincent Van Gough lived in St. Rémy for a spell and some of his iconic work is from the town and surrounding area. We saw some of the places he painted, very different today, but interesting to see nonetheless. Time was of the essence and so we had to hit the road to get to Les Baux.
Les Baux is an ancient fortress city in the mountains overlooking plains. You could spot a Moore attack for miles. Various war engines could hurdle rocks or flaming substances quite the distance to thwart attacks, or, alternatively knock down fortress walls. This was a fascinating place to visit, one we will return to with students.
A quick bite to eat and a short walk to the next site brought us to a spectacle, the like of which I have never experienced. Carrières de Lumières was a visual/auditory extravaganza. Picture a giant cavern with smooth, flat walls and pillars of limestone with boulders sticking out here and there, and parts tapering off into dead ended caves. Now add a whole bunch of projectors and speakers, project digital artwork of well known paintings, or silent movies, onto any available surface (walls, floor, ceilings) and add music. Unbelievable. www.carrieres-lumieres.com. Check it out. The images on the website are from other exhibits but it will give you an idea of the scale of the place and projections. Best part for me: Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven, live as the last presentation. Animated butterflies were very cool. All images are from paintings, so the animation is slightly Gillianesque, as in Terry Gillian of Monty Python fame. Loved it. Till next time...

Posted by MadameBallam 14:38 Archived in France

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