Category Archives: FRANCE

Side Trip to Nimes

ARLES IS CHARMING, funky and a bit rundown. Nearby Nîmes, on the other hand, which I visited for a few hours Saturday afternoon, is elegant and polished. That was a surprise when I stepped out of the train station after … Continue reading

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Eclectic Arles

A THEME IS EMERGING here. I didn’t plan it, but I seem to be following the Via Domitia — the road between Rome and its colonies in Gaul. Arles and Nimes (which I visited today; it will be the subject … Continue reading

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Colors of Collioure

MY FRIEND IRVINA WAS SO RIGHT. Irvina Lew, a career travel writer who’s been a lot of places, told me the Mediterranean seaport town of Collioure, France, where Derain, Matisse and others famously went to paint – and where, in fact, the … Continue reading

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Countdown to Europe

THE MOMENT I GOT REALLY EXCITED ABOUT MY UPCOMING TRIP — a Mediterranean Eurail sojourn, long in the planning — was when a friend asked where I was going, exactly. I said, “Madrid, Malaga, Cordoba, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Girona, Collioure, Arles, … Continue reading

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