We have enjoyed 3 wonderful days at this excellent 4* campsite just 10 minutes walk from the town centre of St Remy. We were initially thinking of stopping here just 2 days, but then Adonis noticed there was a market in town today, so we extended our stay an extra day as we didn’t want to miss it.
And what a market it was! We got there for 10.30 am, as we had to change pitches at the campsite before we left because ours had already been booked for the day, so the market was already heaving with people. We found exactly what we were hoping to find: lots of lavender-related products, which make perfect presents to take back home, as well as other local specialities, such as cheese and saucissons and I musn’t forget the delicious lavender ice-cream, which I’d never seen or heard of before! There was even a Spanish couple selling paella, so we had a kg of that too for our dinner (we simply couldn’t leave it behind).
It was a real treat to enjoy all those different market stalls, as often we miss market days quite simply because we’re not in the right place at the right time.
Yesterday, we went to visit the Monastère de St Paul de Mausole (Cloître St Paul), just out of town, where Vincent Van Gogh spent a year after cutting part of his ear off and where he completed more than 150 paintings! The place is still a rest home and patients are still using painting and other art forms as part of their therapy. I found it most touching, especially Van Gogh’s bedroom, so poor and desolate-looking, with bars across the window overlooking the hospital’s garden with its sunflowers and irises. There are over 20 reproductions of his paintings at the very place where they were created, according to our guide. It certainly is a very special place, full of emotion and beauty. The entry ticket was only ₤4.50.
The rest of the time here, we have divided between exercising in the campsite’s fabulous swimming pool, chilling at the bar (lovely alcohol-free mojito!) and relaxing in the shade of our pitch, as it is still very hot down here (34 ºC). Having said that, there was a storm early in the morning and we’ve had some very heavy showers, so today it is only a mere 24 ºC, mercifully!
Tomorrow we are off to the Mediterranean coast, heading for Martigue and then Carro.