Friday, November 1, 2013

St. Remy-de-Provence

View of Les Alpilles from my hotel window
The only time I really had any trouble with my TomTom during my trip to the Riveria was when I pulled into St.Remy-de-Provence. It was market day which meant that almost all the streets into the center of town were blocked. This really confused the TomTom lady. I finally had to turn her off and park the car on the outskirts of town. Having been to St.Remy some years ago with friends, I knew the old part of the town was surrounded by a ring-road and that if I walked along it, I would eventually find the tourist office. Which I did. As luck would have it, my hotel, Le Castelet des Alpilles, was marked on the big map outside the office and was only about 100 meters away. I walked there, checked in, and then began the search for my car. Where was it?? I should have left a trail of breadcrumbs because finding it was NOT easy. I can hear you saying..'why didn't you just walk back the way you came?' I confess...I sort of shopped the market during my wanderings and took many little rues through medieval St. Remy. The story has a happy ending, though. I found my car and even figured out an easy way to drive to my hotel. After I unpacked, I rewarded myself with an ice cream crepe at a creperie on the boulevard...the only one open through town.

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