Tour de France–Arles

On our way back from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence, we stopped in the late afternoon in the town of Arles.  The city sits by the river Rhône and has a long Roman history.  There are many Roman remains that are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

The Arles Amphitheatre.

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Roman Theatre of Arles.



It was still to early for dinner and too late that shops were already closed, so after strolling around the streets, we stopped for an aperitif.

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Although, we will probably not remember Arles for the Roman history.  We will remember it for the best dinner on our Tour de France!  Our tour book recommended Le Jardin de Manon, as a dinner spot.  It sits a little outside the historic city center, so not many tourists (except for those of us that read the Ralf Nestmeyer Provence & Côte d’Azur tour book) visit the restaurant.  We sat outside in their back garden & had a delicious meal.  I tried things that I wouldn’t normally eat, especially since I didn’t understand the menu & Christian was only able to give rough translations.  When it got dark, they lit lanterns at every table and in the trees to create such a lovely summer night.  Give this restaurant a try if you are in Arles!!


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