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Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer Who Knew?

Planning a visit to the Camargue to see the white horses? Here’s another stop to add to your list.

What I love about living in France is not only the opportunity to travel in this fabulous country but also the chance to re-learn history. What I never expected, though, was to find biblical folklore.

Who knew, for example, that Lazarus and Mary Magdalene ended up in France? According to Provencal tales, which I learned upon my recent day trip to Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer, Lazarus; his sister, Martha; Mary Magdalene; and Mary of James, sister of the Virgin; …Continue reading here for the story of the two Marys and St. Sarah and why many people make an annual pilgrimage to the church in Saintes Maries de la Mer.

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Deborah Bine

Deborah Bine

The Barefoot Blogger, aka Deborah Bine, loves to share tales of her solo life in France as an American expat who speaks no French. Retired from a career in advertising and marketing communications, and divorced after a 40-year marriage with children, Deborah left Beaufort, South Carolina and all of her belongings last year to move to the south of France. Now that she has found her "bliss," her passion is to encourage others to break away from whatever is holding them back and to go after their dreams. "We're on life's journey alone. Be certain you love where you are."

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    August 26, 2023 at 11:54 pm — Reply

    Good morning Deborah, by searching internet for a long term rental in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, I find your website. I read about you and was surprised that you left South Carolina, specially Beaufort. Beaufort is my absolutely favorite place in USA and visited so many times. Last time in 2016. But after my divorce of 25 years marriage in 2016 and Corona, I find my new favorite place in south of France. I come since 2021 every month to Saintes-Maries. I’m from Germany. I have the opportunity working online in my job next. That will give me the opportunity living in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. I hope I can live my dream.

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      August 27, 2023 at 6:00 am — Reply

      Thank you, I have passed your message along. You should check with the tourist office in Saintes-Maries de la Mer as they may have some ideas for long-term rentals.

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