Sat market and ancient history museum   
25 Oct 2022 25 Oct 2022     Arles            L M S        
 
 
 
 
 

We're in Arles, in a well equipped and comfortable one bedroom apartment on Rue de la Calade. The building is old and run down, the drab hallway calling for a fresh coat of paint, but the apartment, which is above a doctor's office, is bright and modern. A first for us: the shower, a European weakness, has zero flaws. Hot water, check. No leaks, check. Well-positioned shower head, check. Amazing.

From our front door, heading south, it is a short block to St. Trophime church and Place de la République. If instead you head north within a block is the Roman Théâtre Antique and a block further is the giant Roman Amphithéâtre. We couldn't be in a more central location.

This morning we walked through the Saturday street market, the biggest in the area, and then on to the Ancient History Museum or Musée Départemental Arles Antique, the highlight of which is a 2,000 year old wooden barge that was recently recovered from the bottom of the Rhône river. Discovered in 2004 and lifted out in 2011, it took several years to restore the 31 meter long barge, by which time the museum built a new wing just for its display. The barge was disassembled under water then transferred to Grenoble where the water in the wood was replaced by a plastic resin. The barge was then reassembled and its restoration completed. The story of its discovery and restoration is told in a film that is shown in a small theatre in the museum.

 
 
 
 
Admiring the garlic
 
 
 
 
Admiring the garlic
 
 
 
 
Admiring the garlic
 
 
 
Paella
 
 
 
 
Paella
 
 
 
 
Paella
 
 
 
This chicken looks tasty
 
 
 
 
This chicken looks tasty
 
 
 
 
This chicken looks tasty
 
 
 
Delicious looking fromage
 
 
 
 
Delicious looking fromage
 
 
 
 
Delicious looking fromage
 
 
 
Bread for sale
 
 
 
 
Bread for sale
 
 
 
 
Bread for sale
 
 
 
Fruits and vegetables
 
 
 
 
Fruits and vegetables
 
 
 
 
Fruits and vegetables
 
 
 
Arles antiquities museum
 
 
 
 
Arles antiquities museum
 
 
 
 
Arles antiquities museum
 
 
 
Gallo-Roman Barge
 
 
 
 
Gallo-Roman Barge
 
 
 
 
Gallo-Roman Barge
 
 
 
The 2,000 year old barge
 
 
 
 
The 2,000 year old barge
 
 
 
 
The 2,000 year old barge
 
 
 
Ancient history museum
 
 
 
 
Ancient history museum
 
 
 
 
Ancient history museum
 
 
 
Ancient history museum
 
 
 
 
Ancient history museum
 
 
 
 
Ancient history museum