What vacation in a foreign country could be complete without a shopping expedition? Sarah and I left early this morning for the city of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (notice how the city is like a big blob in the middle of the river via the map). It’s famous for its city-wide market on Sunday mornings. Supposedly the name of the game is “Brocante” (flea market!), but we saw everything from groceries to handicrafts to pottery and cheapo import crap. We picked up many lovely items — mostly not even for us — *sans* cheapo import crap. We hope the presents survive the airline transport back to Germany and then shipping to the U.S. from there. They are somewhat fragile (no, not a fancy Italian lamp).

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NalaAnd then Nala was there waiting for us in the driveway when we got back.

Yesterday: Pont du Gard and Nîmes Today: Fleamarketing!

Yesterday was a good one. First we headed down to the Pont du Gard and snapped these pictures:

And then we headed in the same general direction further to the Roman Empire town of Nîmes. See that oval in the center of the map? That’s the arena. They offered a nice self-guided audio tour with plenty of gladiator details and really let you climb around up on the highest levels of the arena seating.

Then we headed back to Rémuzat. We’d been marveling on all our little road trips about the tree-lined avenues separating the fields, so Sarah snapped this one (at left). We came back for dinner with our hosts, who recommended a charming little place called La Charette Bleue. Getting ready early this morning for a trip down to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, I noticed the first potential for some sunny weather since we arrived.