I wish I didn’t have to upload my videos to youtube first before getting them on my blog, but that seems to be the only way (correct me if I’m wrong, please). Saturday the 19th, Briana and I went to Aigues-Mortes. Remember, the place known for its fougasse, that sweet bread pastry? Little did we know,
Yup, manifestation taurine. “Taurine” refers to the bullfighting culture that exists in the south of France. In this case, it meant that the roads were barricaded and that horses would suddenly run down the streets as a band played music. Many times, the riders rode in packs, like this>
In the middle of their packs, there was a bull. According the program we got from the tourist office this is called an “abrivado”. I didn’t notice the bull was there until I looked more closely at the pictures I took, but one clearly showed the rear of a bull between the horses. The horses are typical of the Camargue region, known for their white, flea bitten (or speckled for those that don’t have a best friend who loves horses) coats. After the horses, everyone went to the make-shift stadium to watch a bunch of guys with way too much testosterone try to get the bulls to climb onto a haystack. It was… Unique? After that, Briana and I happened upon a larger band in one of the squares. After the horses and bulls and the band, we went to see if we could go on a tour of the fortress and ramparts that surround the city. It’s free for those under 25 who are citizens of the European Union. Technically, our assistant visas count, but we didn’t know to take them with us. I explained our situation to the woman selling tickets and she took our driver’s licenses as ID and let us in for free. Score! It was pretty cool, and if we’d had more time, I’d have liked to have walked all the way around the ramparts. We wandered the roads of Aigues-Mortes for a while. The town has a lot of charm.
This photo I took should be on a calendar! I’m not saying I’d want to live there or even that it merits a second visit anytime soon, but it’s one of those places that’s nice to see once in your life. -Basically, what I’m saying is that Aigues-Mortes is a trip well worth the special 1 euro bus ticket!