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St Maries de la Mer the Abrivado of the Year in Provence

The Camargue is the end of the watery road for the Rhone River. The Rhone finally dips its tentacles in the Mediterranean some 813 kilometers from its glacial source in Switzerland. From a frigid, violent start the water reaches the river delta and lazily unfolds, like a beach towel, before taking its final dip in the sea.

Camargue View #Camargue #Provence @PerfProvence

It is this brackish wetland that is home to semi-feral white horses, black fighting bulls and hardworking cowboys or gardiens. This combination of beast and brawn embrace equine traditions with Spanish origins.

Course Camarguese #Camargue #Provence @PerfProvence

From spring until well into the fall, it is possible to view any number of athletic events related to chevaux (horses), taureaux (bulls) and brave cowboys and cowgirls.

Eygalieres Fete du Village #Eygalieres #Provence @PerfProvence

These events include (click the links above and below for more info):

It all culminates in St Maries de la Mer on November 11th each year with one enormous event that takes place on the beach (200 gardiens, 1000 horses, 11 abrivados). This video will give you a flavour for the energy that surrounds this two-day festival. Read about Ginger and Nutmeg’s abrivado “baptism” here.

Eygalieres Fete du Village #Eygalieres #Provence @PerfProvence

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride was at six-months old, her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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