Rick Steves Tour of Southern France
September 13–25, 2015

  • After we took a spill in the river. See our blog for details. All turned out well.
  • Market day in Sarlat. Hundreds of stalls, thousands of locals.
        • Lunch in Sarlat, fois-gras, of course!
        • Cocktail party provided by Toni.
          • Sarlat that night was lit by votive candles for a French holiday—fire codes be damned!
          • A crowd watching performers.
            • Carcassonne, Europe's largest fortified city.
              • The ramparts of Carcassonne were "updated" in the 19th century to attract tourists.
                      • Jeanne d'Arc in the Carcassonne cathedral.
                                      • Sylvie and her husband Serge took over and completely rebuilt an old winery that uses organic growing techniques.
                                        • Serge prepared this feast for our lunch.
                                            • Pont du Gard, the largest existing Roman aqueduct.
                                            • People on the bridge show how large it is.
                                              • Tunnel that fed water to the aqueduct.
                                                • Part of dinner.
                                                  • Our tour guide for Arles.
                                                  • Roman Thèâtre Antique
                                                  • Considered the best preserved Roman amphithèâtre. In better shape than the coliseum, it is still used today for performances and bullfights.
                                                  • Walkway around the amphithèâtre.
                                                  • The building has been restored to way it looked when Van Gogh painted it.
                                                  • Le Bistrot de la Mule, recommended by the tour guide.