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Parc Regional de Camargue
Parc Regional de Camargue Review
As you drive the scarce roads that barely crisscross the Camargue, you are usually within the boundaries of the Parc Regional de Camargue. Unlike state and national parks in the United States, this area is privately owned and utilized following regulations imposed by the French government. The principal owners are the manadiers (the Camargue equivalent of small-scale ranchers) and their gardians (a kind of open-range cowboy), who graze wide-horn bulls and dappled-white horses. When not participating in a bloodless bullfight (mounted players try to hook a red ribbon from its horns), a bull may well end up in the wine-rich regional stew called gardianne de taureau. Riding through the marshlands in leather pants and wide-rim black hats and wielding long prongs to prod their cattle, the gardians themselves are as fascinating as the wildlife. Their homes—tiny and whitewashed—dot the countryside. In these parts, it's a good idea to slather on the mosquito repellent.
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