Beaucaire & Tarascon

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Apr 19th, 2012, 05:53 AM
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Beaucaire & Tarascon

These names keep popping up during my reasearch/reading.

Since they are convenient I was wondering if there's anything of touristic interest.

Specific landmarks are not important.

The interest would be more for wandering around for a few hours, seeing nice reasonably clean streets with interesting structures and people.

Maybe just building a "B" list.
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Apr 19th, 2012, 05:58 AM
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>>Maybe just building a "B" list.<<

I would put it on the C list. Except for the castle, not much of interest. Cadogan says Tarascon (of maybe it's Beaucaire) seems like a place with too many auto repair shops behind closed garage doors, and in need of a paint job. We've driven through many times, and wandered around once in each town.

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Apr 19th, 2012, 06:05 AM
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Neither held much interest for me, except that my kids once enjoyed a falconry show at the castle in Tarascon, but it wasn't worth its salt compared to the one at Les Milandes in the Dordogne.
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Apr 19th, 2012, 06:15 AM
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Thanks.

I'll put them on the "C" list.
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Apr 19th, 2012, 08:58 AM
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Beware of Tarascon...I drove through the town on my way to the Pont du Gard and smelled a very foul odor in the air. I thought perhaps there was a petroleum fire or a gas leak in the vicinity; it was that pungent. When I stopped for gas, I asked one of the locals. He said that it was the fumes that are emitted from the local paper factory, some by-product of wood and/or pulp. As a result, many people avoid spending time in Tarascon, in spite of the ruins of the Chateau of Tarascon on the Rhone river, which at least is a site of some historical importance.
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Apr 19th, 2012, 09:03 AM
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Send me a private message on the Tripadvisor.com web site, where I'm Catullus. I wrote an article on Beaucaire/Tarascon and will be glad to send it to you. It's a good place to visit, especially once you know the legent of Ste-Marthe and the fearsome tarasque.
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