Our stay was for Sept. 2010
Arrived on a beautiful September morning by train from Lyon. The town of Arles was alive with visitors due to "Feria du Riz" Celebrating the renowned bull fights for the 10th thru 12th.
We walked from the train to our home for the next 4 nights; Hotel du Musee. Met by Laurent and Claude and taken to our room. The room itself was antique in design. A comfy bed, chest of drawers with mirror, and a window seat to sit and look down on the beautiful, well attended to courtyard. The flowers were amazing. The little tables were red checkered and cheery. My husband would sit here with the laptop on loan from Claude and enjoy a glass of wine recommended by him as well. (Cotes du Rhone)
du Musee has a charming breakfast area that serves warm breads, cheeses, great cafe, fruits and actually has a staff to replenish and help you with your seating.
We walked to the Van Gogh Cafe in the square and the place was hopping. The celebration was of Spanish origin. There were huge vats (woks) of paella cooked in the fronts of all the restaurants. The food was outstanding. Wine even better. There was a lively Spanish Jazz band that even played Dixie music. We realize later that the bull was killed this day. Plenty of cheering, eating and drinking today. It was a riot.
Back to our little hotel for the night. It is quiet, and we are able to fling open our shutters and have a soft breeze thru our window. When we woke up the next morning, the town was quiet, the masses were gone, and the town had been cleaned and polished before we woke.
The owners will send you to the best places to eat. Try Au Brin de Thym and Le 16. The duck is, well, a duck lovers dream!
We took the train to Avignon for the day. Had lunch near the Pope's Palace, bought some water colors from an artist in the square, hopped back on the train for our last night in Arles. On to Beaune tomorrow!
Life is good.
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- Also Known As:
- Du Musee Hotel
- Du Musee Arles