Aigues Mortes and Camargue

Old Apr 24th, 1999, 10:35 AM
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Lydia
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Aigues Mortes and Camargue

Can anyone forward information on reasonable accommodation in Aigues Mortes, please?

We would like to see the flamingos and white horses of the Camargue (we'll be travelling by rented car) - can anybody recommend the best area, or should we rather take some sort of a tour?
 
Old Apr 24th, 1999, 10:51 AM
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What a great area. I've been there a few times and it is just wonderful. Aigues Mortes is a walled medieval city where the crusaders in the middle ages left the continent to go fight the Saracens in north Africa. I never stayed there for the night ... I was either in Montpellier or La Grande Motte which is close by. I did see several nice, small hotels and picked up their brochures (have no idea where they are, now), but seem to recall they were $100 or less, in general.

I was there, once, when they were having their annual Medieval festival with many locals in periodic costume. It was great.

I like that whole area of france. Nimes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Sete, Arles, Orange are all nearby. In the direction of Spain is Carcassonne which is something like 90- miles away. This is the granddaddy of medieval, walled medieval cities and where Robin Hood with Kevin Costner was filmed.

The food, wine, great weather, and locals in this area does make for a nice trip.

Do enjoy .... tour not necessary to see the flamingos, white horses, or black bulls. Just ask and the locals will point you in the right direction. I didn't have any trouble finding the sights.
 
Old Apr 25th, 1999, 06:26 AM
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Thanx, John - the info about the flamingos and horses really puts my mind at rest - have really searched the web for information, without much luck.
 
Old Apr 25th, 1999, 08:08 AM
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Hi, Lydia,
Years ago we stayed at the Hotel St. Louis in Aigues Mortes on a memorable Christmas eve and day...I know it's still open and my recollection was it was very comfortable and not too expensive, with very good food. This is a wonderful area of France (aren't they all?)
 
Old Apr 25th, 1999, 08:11 AM
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Lydia,
I don't know about its accessibility to you, but today's (4/25)travel section of the New York Times has a lengthy article on the Camargue region. You may find it if you access the New York Times on-line.
 
Old Apr 25th, 1999, 01:01 PM
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Lydia, try doing a search on "Aigues Mortes". I tried it and several articles popped up. I just glanced at a few and the quality varies, but I did see a few pictures of Aigues Morte and a map of the area, etc. Also found some hotels listed, but no pics.

I also seem to recall the Hotel St Louis the other John (jfsevy) referred to.
 
Old Apr 26th, 1999, 12:36 PM
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Thanx, John, John and Wes - I actually found the first paragraph of the article you mentioned, but purchasing the rest of the article involves an on-line credit card transaction, which I don't fancy. I got hold of a snail mail address for Aigues Mortes - shall write and ask for hotel list.
 

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