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A ruined, deserted citadel

Les Baux was the site of a citadel of powerful mideval feudal lords, who commanded over the valley below. The citadel was destroyed in 1632 by the French king, as it had become a Protestant enclave. What remains now are the ruined citadel, a cute village below, and family entertainment by way of reproduced mideval weapons of war, and re-enactments.

Bauxite (named after les Baux) was discovered near here.

Our adventure, there and back

We were staying in Arles during our 2003 vacation in France, and caught the local/regional bus to les Baux. Our bus to les Baux was 45 minutes late in arriving in Arles, and our fellow bus-mates turned out to be a couple from Quebec City also on their way to the citadel. Being nervous about the bussing situation, they proposed and we agreed to meet again for the return bus trip at 5pm; in the event that the bus didn't show, we could all share a taxi back to Arles. After touring the citadel, we did meet up with the couple, and the bus did not arrive, so we did in fact share the taxi, driven by an old woman who drove us at excessively high speeds back to the Arles bus depot. It's great when fellow travelers can pull together like that!

  • Last visit to Les Baux-de-Provence: May 2003
  • Intro Updated Feb 11, 2005
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  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2007 at 11:16 PM

    Brings nice memories back

  • myriam_c's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2005 at 12:16 AM

    Hehe ... you're right about your close-up photo of the potted plant. This year the geraniums were red, though!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2005 at 8:36 AM

    The citadel of Les Baux de Provence looks impressive and secret. Great page!

  • skywalkerbeth's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2005 at 6:25 PM

    isn't Les Baux fabulous? I was also surprised to hear Prince Rainier of Monaco was descended from some of them. I guess the Grimaldi family had land all over!

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2004 at 1:27 AM

    Another beautiful little french place, the re-enactments look fun, did he get his apple? Lovely page Richard, (~_~)

  • SFHulaGIrl's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2004 at 11:24 AM

    Nice photos! Unfortunately, our film with photos of Les Baux, Aix, Avignon, and St. Remy was exposed (don't ask!), so none of it turned out. Your photos helped to bring back some nice memories, though.

  • travelife's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2004 at 3:57 PM

    French Alpine province looks so beautiful. Never been outside Paris. Thanks for sharing!

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2004 at 7:53 PM

    They sure had some hefty fighting weapons. Interesting ruins with a lot of history. Wonderful views of the valley.

  • Polly74's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2004 at 4:40 AM

    Hi! Les Beaux is one of my favourite place!!!! I often go to that area!


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