A Gîte in Arles, France


par lisafalour

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I rented this house, which can sleep six, in September, 2013 for 295 euros. The owner is a friendly, accommodating person who threw in free linens with the rental instead of charging for them -- in some places, you might have to bring your own sheets and towels.

A gîte is called a self-catering place for people from the UK and is called furnished for Americans. These can be houses, apartments, cottages, villas, and so on. Some are in vacation villages and some are rented by individuals. The Internet makes it easier to find them.

This one is at 24, rue Renan in Arles, just off the famous Roman arena, where bullfights and events are still held. Arles is a city of personality, famous also for Vincent Van Gogh, and is in the Bouches-du-Rhône département of France in a region known as Camargue. It is close to the Mediterranean.

At different times of the year, the price on these furnished rentals varies. For the third week in September, paying only roughly 45 euros per day knowing that this could have been potentially shared among six people makes this an unbeatable bargain. So many places were with in walking distance of this house! I am somewhat disabled so found the stairs a challenge, but many things were close by here, such as a bakery and many restaurants as well as major sites of tourism. The river Rhône is here in town and one of the largest markets in Europe takes place here on Saturday morning, with a repeat on Wednesday morning in smaller form. We were in the city for a "heritage days" weekend in France in which many attractions were FREE OF CHARGE, so my spouse saw nine in a day and a half and I accompanied him to six of them! What a savings!

The mistral, a violent wind, blows strong here, but generally, this is a hot, sunny place. Bike rentals, horse things and great cuisine are the order of the day -- plus more. This house has an Internet connection and a telephone was available, too, which can be rare in gîtes in France. During the weekend, a carnivale atmosphere prevailed with parades on two nights, people dressed as Romans, live music, people riding Camargue horses in town and much life. During the week, in the La Roquette quarter, people were out late dining al fresco. If you can only visit one French city for, say, a week, Arles could be a good choice, and this house might be a good place to stay for you, also.

copyright 2013 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A.
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More of my artwork and writing will again appear shortly in the next FREAK WAVE here in France.