In this episode of the Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin guide you through the picturesque landscapes of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and the ancient ruins of Glanum. Located in the heart of Provence, Saint-Rémy is not just another charming town; it’s a place deeply rooted in history and culture. Known as the birthplace of Nostradamus and the residence of Vincent van Gogh during one of his most creative phases, the town offers an irresistible blend of cultural richness and Provencal charm.
Just a short distance away is Glanum, a fascinating archaeological site that transports you back to the Greco-Roman era. Rediscovered in 1920, the well-preserved ruins provide a captivating glimpse into ancient civilizations and include architectural marvels like a triumphal arch and a cenotaph.
One of the key questions we tackle in this episode is whether you should base your travels out of Saint-Rémy. The town’s strategic location, near cities like Arles, Avignon, and Cavaillon, makes it an ideal hub for experiencing the magic of a small Provençal town. Plus, it is part of the National Regional Park of the Alpilles, boasting excellent infrastructure that includes a variety of comfortable hotels and delightful restaurants.
Another highlight of the episode is a PSA from Annie about the potential pitfalls of buying nougat from street vendors. A seemingly trivial subject that can make a significant difference in your travel experience, so you’ll want to hear what she has to say.
We also delve into practical matters like renting an electric or hybrid car for your next trip to France. Starting 48 minutes into the episode, we discuss the ins and outs of ChargeMap Pass—a convenient solution for electric vehicle charging across France. All the necessary details are covered, from purchasing the RFID card for 19.90€ to the actual charging costs.
Whether you’re captivated by history, nature, or simply keen on experiencing the Provençal lifestyle, Saint-Rémy and Glanum offer a range of activities and festivals to indulge in. So buckle up for an enlightening journey to these must-visit spots on your French itinerary.
Table of Contents for this Episode
- Today on the podcast
- Podcast supporters
- Should I rent an electric car when visiting France?
- Annie and Elyse
- Saint Rémy de Provence
- Provençal life good and bad
- Tourism in Saint Rémy
- Prince Albert of Monaco is the senior of Saint Rémy
- Arrive Early for Market Day
- Buying nougat from the market
- Saint Rémy is the Birth place of Nostradamus
- Saint Rémy the place stop before going South into the Alpilles
- Should I base myself out of Saint Rémy de Provence to visit Provence?
- Antique Roman Site – Glanum
- Named after a Celtic God
- Then came the Greeks
- The Romans take over
- Arc de Triomphe and Cenotaphe you can see from the road
- Visiting Saint-Rémy with kids
- Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
- Thank you Patrons
- New patrons this week
- French History Brief about Nostradamus
- Itinerary Consultation Services
- Self-guided GPS Tour on the VoiceMap app.
- Review of one of the Tours
- The Travel Question of the Week
- Types of Electric Car Chargers
- The ChargeMap App
- Next week on the podcast