Need to unwind and recharge your batteries? Read on…
Unwind in Camargue!
Visiting Camargue was a childhood dream and this much-needed week off surpassed all expectations.
Friends, colleagues and clients know I enjoy unspoiled nature, animals, tranquility and photography and Camargue offers all of the above on a silver platter. Perfect weather throughout, over 350 images taken and the icing on the cake that made this holiday incredible was where we stayed.
Marie and Michel Durand-Roger deserve this plug. They have created a peaceful, elegant, welcoming and surprise-filled haven on a 74-acre family property where nature is king.
I could tell you about this place’s history and all its unique attributes, ranging from Roman baths to a life-size chess board, but Michel takes such joy sharing his knowledge and passion, I’d rather let him regale you if you visit.
We stayed at the Château la Pompe, also known as the Domaine de la Banquière, where Léo, one of the four peacocks who live on the property, reigns proudly. What an extraordinary privilege to become fast friends with such a beautiful animal! He’d come along as I’d walk the dog over to see the horses, ate out of my hand (he prefers madeleines to almost anything else) and by the end of our stay, would come when called and let me stroke his head and fanned out tail.
A week is just barely enough!
We spent a morning and evening at the Parc Ornithologique (they’ll let you stay all night if you can deal with the mosquitoes after dusk!), explored Aigues Mortes, took a long walk on the beach from Saintes Maries de la Mer to Beauduc, hit the famous Saturday market in Arles, enjoyed a two-hour boat ride on the Pescalune, and I treated myself to a half-day horseback ride through the marshes and on the beach on a very gentle 15 year old mount named Gaspar at the Cabanes de Cacharel – real pros who care for their horses and don’t just use them to the core to make a buck during the tourist season.
It’s going to be tough getting back to work after such a complete change of pace and scenery! The projects scheduled for the next month or so are good motivations, and so is the intent to return to Camargue as soon as (reasonably) possible.