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Driving South: On the Road

Driving South: Southern France

It’s snowing outside. It’s cold, wet and quite unpleasant- and like the editor, everybody must be longing for Light, Sun and Heat. During the cold and dark season, people travel to warmer destinations like never before, just to get some sunshine and some light. As if life depended on that.

For different reasons, the editor cannot join the sun seekers but must stay put in the cold, dark and wet. So why not dwell with a series of photos from when the days were longer, lighter and warmer?

Editors family visited Southern France on several occasions, during a couple of years, 2012 and 2013. In this article the editor eases up for the dwelling, remembering those pleasant days and by sharing a series of his own, private photos. And for a short time it is possible to evade what’s happening on the other side of that door and those walls. Enjoy!

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Camping Life:

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Cooling by the River:

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Getting around:

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Fleur de Sel de Camargue

The salt marshes near Salin-de-Giraud in the southeast corner of the Camargue are famous for their salt production, producing up to 15,000 tons a day in the summer. Salt is produced along the final stretch of the Grand Rhône, an industry that dates back to Romans times (first century AD). This is one of the biggest salt works anywhere in the world. Some is used as table salt. Fleur De Sel de Camargue (“flowers of salt”) is hand raked and harvested. Only the premium, top layer of the salt bed is used for this. The name Fleur De Sel comes from the aroma of flowers – violets in particular – that develops as the salt dries. There was once a vast specialist network of routes to transport Camargue salt to France (through the mountains) and Italy (by sea along the Mediterranean coast).

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Arles is a city on the Rhône River in the Provence region of southern France. It’s famed for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh, which influenced the contemporary art displayed at the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh. Once a provincial capital of ancient Rome, Arles is also known for many remains from that era, including Arles Amphitheatre (les Arènes d’Arles), now hosting plays, concerts and bullfights.

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Le Pont du Gard:

The Pont du Gard is a Roman monument built halfway through the 1st century AD. It is the principal construction in a 50 km long aqueduct that supplied the city of Nîmes, formerly known as Nemausus, with water. Built as a three-level aqueduct standing 50 m high, it allowed water to flow across the Gardon river.

In essence, the bridge is constructed out of soft yellow limestone blocks, taken from a nearby quarry that borders the river. The highest part of the structure is made out of breeze blocks joined together with mortar. It is topped by a device designed to bear the water channel, whose stone slabs are covered with calcium deposits.

In designing this three-store bridge, which measures 360 m at its longest point along the top, the Roman architects and hydraulic engineers created a technical masterpiece that stands today as a work of art.

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© 2015 – Oliver Haas-Jensen, All Rights Reserved


Swiss expat, living in the green middle of Denmark since 1992. Family man, amateur photographer and editor of this site. I publish my photographic work from exploring my surroundings, travels and events i attend to in order to share it with the visitors of this site. Welcome to Olivers Film Roll.

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    • Danke für den Kommentar Mam! Ja, das war ja auch die Idee. Mal kurz verreisen, runter ins ewige Zikadenkonzert und die Hitze und die Düfte von Oliven, wildem Rosmarin und Lavendel. Ich kann fast nicht genug davon bekommen.
      Danach kann ich den Winter wieder aushalten :-).


    • Vielen Dank für den Kommentar Alt(er)haas, es freut mich immer sehr. Ja, die Alleen in Frankreich habens uns auch angetan. Schon immer eigentlich. Die teilweise uralten Platanen die beinahe lückenlos Seite an Seite stehen. Die Sonne hat da fast keine Chance durchzudringen. Optimaler Sonnenschutz in der Hitze, vom Zikadenkonzert begleitet!
      Beide abgebildeten Alleen sind langs der D99. Das erste Bild ist ein paar Kilometer östlich von Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Da heisst Strasse nicht D99 sondern N99 “Route d’Orgon”. Das zweite Bild ist westlich von SReP und heisst D99, “Route de Tarascon”.
      Habe Auto und Autotüre riskiert für die Bilder, da sind nicht viele Anhalte-Schneisen und sehr viel Verkehr auf schmaler Strasse.


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