... as August rolls on ... the hottest time of the year in Provence, referred to as "la canicule" has everyone running for shade and cool places, and it's the time when your mind turns to water ... lots of it! Whether it's the pool, the beach, a river is immaterial. We decided it was time to visit the Camargue that we had heard so much about. Early one morning, we pointed la petite coccinelle (as our little new Beetle convertible is known as in our village), in the direction of the Camargue.
|Blue on blue - beach umbrellas and the blue Mediterranean|
|Wildlife on the beaches and grassy fields of the Camargue|
|Provence - Camargue - Saintes Maries de la Mer - a pretty little seaside town|
|Saintes Maries de la Mer - Place des Gitans|
|Trainees of the school for Raseteur in Arles, Bouche du Rhone, France|
By now the temperature was climbing, (although it was still much cooler than the temperature we had left), and it was time for a short drive of a few kilometers down the D38 from Saintes Maries de la Mer, to the docking point for our paddle boat - the Tiki lll.
|Paddle boat rounds the corner on its way back to Saintes Marie de la Mer|
|The paddleboat - Tiki lll|
|Gardien watches as the cattle and horses graze|
|Camargue wildlife on the Petit Rhone|
|Homes on the banks of the Petit Rhone|
|Camargue Flamingos always elegant|
|Colorful pottery of the Camargue|