Sunday, June 9, 2013

Market Day in Arles

We spent three full days in Arles, France, with side trips to Avignon and the Pont du Gard (separate posts coming!).  Arles has some ancient Roman ruins including an amphitheatre that is used for bull fights, mostly of the nicer variety where the men in the ring are merely trying to pull a ribbon from between the bull's horns.
In this shot, you can see the metal bleachers that have been added inside.  I love when these ancient structures are still in use:
Arles also has a regular theatre (of the non-amphi variety):
However, my favorite part was the market (held on Wednesdays and Saturdays) where you can buy fruits and vegetables, looseleaf tea and spices:
Mattresses!  I guess you never know when you are going to get the urge to buy one of those?
A hacksaw and cleaver set... for the butcher-in-training?
And let's not forget Nutella crepes:
Paul and I also purchased some tomatoes, bread, cheese, olive tapanade, and other such goodies for a picnic.  That scary looking bottle of Coke in the picture below is actually iced tea made from some looseleaf tea we picked up:
On another picnic, we enjoyed a fabulous three chocolate cake.  I may not speak much French, but I can interpret a sign that says "trois chocolat" when I see one (never mind the gorgeous cake sitting next to it that is a dead giveaway):
One might say that we are eating quite well on this trip.

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