Today was a quiet day. It started out with a rather long breakfast in the hotel talking with a couple from Victoria, BC. They are on a fairly lengthy vacation as well. They started with a cruise from Florida to the Mediterranean, spent the last 5 days in Barcelona, and are now working they way slowly to Hungary where they will be visiting with relatives. She is a native of Vancouver Island. He is originally from Hungary, but moved to the Victoria area back in 1957.
Like many of the other folks I've met so far, this couple does a lot of travelling. Last year the did a coast to coast trip across Canada like I did, but they had an RV. In the past they've driven up to Alaska and down to Baja Mexico in there RV and they've been to Europe many times before with several interesting stories to tell.
After breakfast, I got caught up on a bit of booking, sorting through a couple weeks of receipts seeing how I'm doing compared to my budget. So far, so good. After that I went out to check on bike and car rentals for exploring the country side around Arles.
The bike rental place had a bunch of interesting looking bikes, from a chopper style to electric mountain bikes. However, due to the distances I need to cover and the hills in the surrounding area, I decided to go with a car. I'll pick it up in the morning.
On the way to the bike rental place I stopped by a cemetery which I spotted the first night I was here from up near the amphitheatre. The cemetery is quite different than those we are used to out in western Canada. All the graves are actually sarcophagi packed right next to each other just like all the buildings in the center of Arles.
While searching for a car rental, I was over at the train station so I also looked into my options for getting to my next destination, Cinq Terre, the Italian Riviera.
I also took in a couple places I missed yesterday, the Van Gogh Foundation and the Eglise Saint Trophine, before finding a patio for a beer.
After the beer I went off for some dinner at yet another place near the amphitheatre. This place may be small, but it sure has a good selection of places to eat. On my way to dinner I met up briefly with the couple from Kansas again. At dinner I sat next to a couple from north of Paris. They didn't speak much English, but we managed to carry on a short conversation away. They've been coming down to Arles for a vacation every year for the last 5 years.
Today was one of my quietest in terms of picture taking. Here's just a few.
One of the two bike rental places in Arles. The other was closed today.
One of their very cool looking bikes that resemble a chopper.
Their electric mountain bikes!
The cemetery not far from the amphitheatre.
A monument in the cemetery for local soldiers who lost their lives in WWI.
A monument in the cemetery for local soldiers who lost their lives in WWII.
A view inside Eglise Saint Trophine. This church had some nice stained glassed windows and other interesting features, however it was very damp and smelly inside kind of like the basement of an old house.
This is another picture of the Cafe made famous by the Vincent van Gogh painting. The angle of this photo is more in line with that used in his painting.