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Sunday, 1 January 2017

AMA Cruise and Land Tour in Provence - December 2nd/15....

After my big breakfast, we had a choice of going on a tour of Les Baux de Provence which is one of the most beautiful villages of France, or  to the Carrieres de Lumieres inside a quarried cave where pictures of Michaelangelo's, Da Vinci's, and Raphael's art works are projected onto the walls and accompanied by dramatic classical music.  Since I had already been to the village of Les Baux de Provence, I decided to go to Carrieres de Lumieres.   This is a unique and entertaining show.   

The Carrieres de Lumiere, established in 1976, is a permanent show in which large, bright images are projected on the stone walls of a huge quarry dug into the rock of the Val-d’Enfer.  The show lasted for about 35 minutes and there was an additional show based on Jean Cocteau’s Voyage of Imagination, which lasted about 14 minutes.  Dramatic music, like Handle’s Messiah and Carmina Burana, are piped in while the images were projected on the walls. 

From the Carrieres de Lumieres, we drove to the St Paul de Mausole Hospital where Vincent Van Gogh resided.  We had a guided tour, and then walked through the hospital’s grounds and courtyard.  Inside the hospital, there are exhibits relating to Van Gogh and also copies of his works.   

Back at the ship, I had a light lunch in the lounge.  I had tomato soup, gnocchi alfredo and a green salad.  For dessert, I had the peach and pineapple cake with berry sauce and a few expressos.

In the afternoon, we had an excellent guided tour of Arles - its  position on the Rhone makes it a natural, historic gateway to the Camargue (346,000 acres of wetlands, pastures, dunes, and salt flats).   The Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles were listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1981. 

We then walked back to the ship - the weather was still cold.

Tonight was the last night on the AMADAGIO.  We had a farewell drink, and all the crew members paraded through the lounge.  We also had a special farewell dinner - for the amuse bouche, there was melon and prosciutto and, for the appetizer, stuffed truffle, and soup was Cream of lobster.  A cassis sorbet in sparkling wine was served.  For the main course, I had the roasted entrecote (steak) in a peppercorn sauce with vegetables, rosemary potatoes, and mushrooms.  For dessert, I had the combination plate of chocolate cake, strawberry mousse, and strawberry sorbet.  Petit fours were also served, and I had an excellent red wine.  This was an excellent farewell dinner.

Photos belong to Phil Bianco

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