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Friday, May 27, 2011

Arles festivals

Arles is a cultural hub open to all Mediterranean cultures in the areas of Creation. The city is home to several publishing houses (Harmonia Mundi, Actes Sud, Picquier, Phonurgia Nova), the National School of Photography (NPHS) and the University's summer radio. It includes two theaters, the Municipal Theatre of Aries and that of Salita, and two cinemas, Femina and Méjannote 25.

Throughout the year, the city is enlivened by the traditional parties (the election of the Queen of Arles, the Feria of Easter and all other bullfighting events, the exhibition of Santon), meetings and numerous photographic festivals (festival of world music of "Suds in Arles", music festival Actes Sud, Peplum Film Festival, festival naked pictures ...). Arles also boasts a large market held twice weekly, Wednesday and Saturday along the ancient ramparts of the city.

Calendar of Major Events

Easter: Easter Feria
May 1: Feast of herdsmen and every 3 years election of the Queen of Aries
Early May: European Festival of nude photo
Mid-May: Jazz in Arles
Early July: The Feasts of Arles (pegoulado, party costume and gold cockade)
Early July: Les Rencontres d'Arles (International Meeting of Photography)
Mid July: Suds in Arles (world music) and stops the Cargo (concerts)
Late July: Summer School Radio
Late August: Arelate (Roman days) and Film Festival Peplum
Mid-September: Feria rice, Camargue horse festival and gourmand
End of September: Feast of the beginnings of rice
Late September: Antiques and flea market
Late October: Festival of the Harp
Late November: Provence Prestige
Late November-early January: International Exhibition santonniers
Late December: Christmas Funnies
The city is a member of the Union of French bullfighting cities.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Arles in the antique era

Celtic-Ligurian oppidum, the site of Arles is frequented by merchants Mediterranean. With the founding of Marseilles (600 BC.), The city is organized in the late fifth century BC. BC first in emporion Greek colony then called Théliné19. When pushed Celtic early fourth century BC. AD, the city comes under the domination Aboriginal and resumed the name Arelate. During the second century BC. AD, the conflicts between Marseille and the confederation Salyens to cause significant damage the city. After the crushing of the Confederacy in 122 BC. BC, the Romans settled in Provence. Arles is probably linked to Narbonne Gaul, founded in 118 BC. AD, although some historians from that time include the city of Arles in the influence area of ​​Marseille.

Map of Europe in 476 with the Visigothic Provence, after the fall of the Roman Empire
Arguing in 49 BC. BC Julius Caesar against Marseille, Arles is rewarded and became a Roman colony from 46 BC. AD. His initial fortune dates from that period. It has for almost three centuries of several successive town planning during which she embellished with its many monuments and protects itself with its ramparts. Christianity moved into the city and its first bishop historically known Marcianus, was first mentioned in 254 in a letter of St. Cyprian. After the destruction of the years 250-270, which tradition attributes to historical Alemanni, urban development not resumed until the early fourth century under Emperor Constantine, with a new political and administrative growth, the city then becomes a home the emperor. He stayed there several times and it holds the council of 314. Probably in 407, the imperial administration moves the praetorian prefecture of Gaul previously located in Trier, Arles, which therefore knows a renaissance political and ecclesiastical exactly a century after Constantine I. However, this new role does not exclude the threat of invasions Federated Visigoths in Aquitaine from 418. Finally, after many attempts, Arles is made by and becomes Euric Visigothic city in 476.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Arles - climat

Arles is a Mediterranean climate with long summer, hot and dry, mild winters, lots of sunshine and erratic rainfall. Its climate includes features related to the geographical situation of the city south of the Rhone Valley between Cevennes and southern Alps. And fall, and to a lesser extent the periods April-early May, are watered with rainfall brief but important and sometimes harsh winters because of the Mistral wind and cold that gives them exceptional brightness Arles landscape. In winter temperatures drop below zero frequently over periods sometimes exceeding several weeks. One may recall the winters 1929, 1944, 1956, 1963, 1986 with records around -15 to -18 ° C. Conversely, 1 August 2001, at the Tour de Valat Arles station, was recorded a temperature of 38.7°C.

Rainfall Mediterranean are related to depression formed over the Gulf of Genoa off the Balearic Islands. Winds from east to south-east hot, loaded with water since crossing the Mediterranean meet the obstacle of the Cevennes, or less often, the Alps, rise into contact with cold air altitude cumulus nimbus enormous and sometimes erupt into brutal storms. The location of rain varies according to the respective location of the anticyclone and depression and their intensity depends on the volume of cloud created by the winds and humidity are of course differences in temperature. These storms generally occur in autumn and may cause precipitation of 200 mm per day and sometimes more. Duration of a few hours, they are often violent, such as 4 and Thursday 11 September 2008 where there were over 50 mm in less than an hour! The monthly rainfall also exhibits great variability. However, the annual rainfall is only 524 mm, one of the lowest in France and number of rainy days (+ 1 mm / day) for approximately 60 days per year. But this average hides a variable annual rains very important and the numbers range from 344 mm in 1945 to 1 063 mm in 1960, variations of more than 200%. The statistics also reveal that the dry or very dry periods may span two or three years, as between 1945 and 1947.

Friday, May 6, 2011


Camargue is an area of ​​over 930 km ² and is practically a large lowland island (surrounded by river and sea), situated in one of the largest river deltas in Europe. Third area is the lake - the largest is Etang de vaccarese. Coast Marine are the sand dunes, occupy the center of the marshes and lakes, the northern part of the agricultural land (rice cultivation). The soil is mostly brackish namuły river, the land is regularly flooded and inundated, and most lakes are the remnants of oxbow lakes.

In the Camargue, there are approximately 400 species of rare birds in Europe (including the continent's largest breeding colony of flamingos), and other animals (including the famous wild white "horses of the Camargue). The vegetation is mainly słonorośla and tamarisk. Plague the region are mosquitoes. The area was protected as early as 1927, and in 1970 created the Parc Régional de Camargue, with many reserves.

Camargue landscape was largely transformed by man (the construction of dykes and drainage channels). The region is sparsely populated, due to unfavorable climatic conditions, a small population living from tourism, harvesting of sea salt and breeding bulls to fight in the arenas. Located at the seaside resort of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is the annual pilgrimage of Roma people to the famous miraculous statue of sacred Sarah (regarded as their protectress).

Friday, April 29, 2011

History of Provance

From 443 tribes of northern Provence najeżdżały Burgundians. From the sixth century, parts of Provence were in the hands of various Frankish kings. Following the Treaty of Verdun in 843, Provence was on the territory granted Lotarowi I. Since the year 879 under the rule of Boson V of Provence - in-law of Charles the Bald - Provence was part of the kingdom of Provence and Burgundy, also called the kingdom of Lower Burgundy. In the year 934 Lower Burgundy succeeded Rudolf II, King of Upper Burgundy, which was created as a result of the united kingdom of Burgundy. As a part of Provence has been a county.
After the termination of the line descendants of Rudolf II, since the year 1032 as the county already Burgundy became a part of the Roman Empire and the rulers of Provence Marquis wore titles, earls, dukes. As a result of dynastic mariaży, since the year 1112 Provence passed to the Catalan-Aragonese dynasty, and clashed on the territory of French and Spanish influences. After the death of the last independent ruler in the year 1481, combined with France Provence personal union. However, parts of medieval Provence and a few enclaves within its territory for a long time were outside the French domination.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sightseeing in Niece

In Nice, in the district Cimiez, there are preserved ruins of Roman thermal baths from the third century and the ruins of a Roman amphitheater.
Other structures:
remains of the castle and the Romanesque cathedral
churches (XIV-XVIII century)
Cathedral of Sainte-Réparate
Church of Saint-François-de-Paule (1736)
Church of Saint-Jacques
Church of Saint-Augustin
Senate Palace (Palais du Sénat, XVII century)
Lascaris Palace
The main thoroughfare of the city is famous Promenade des Anglais (Promenade des Anglais) from the early nineteenth century with garden Jardin Albert I.
Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts) from the works of the Impressionists (Degas, Renoir, Monet and Sisley);
Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art (Musée d'Art moderne et d'Art contemporain) (works of Warhol, Lichtenstein and Noland);
Musée Matisse (rich collection of works by painter);
Musée d'archéologie;
Musée national Marc Chagall (M. Chagall works.)