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The Camargue: Horses, Bulls, and Gardians of Provence

Southwest Provence, around Arles and the Camargue, has a very distinctive culture: it’s a horse and bull culture. This marshy area, unsuitable for development, has been of little interest to humans over the years. Thus, it was a perfect place for herds of wild white horses, black cattle, and a multitude of birds, including pink flamingos.

…Continue reading here to learn about the semi-wild white horses that are not always white, the black bulls who prefer not to be tamed by the handsome cowboys on horseback – the gardians. Margo would never leave us without a curious story, in this case, one about Poseidon, a mortal and a trident

Here are some other articles on the windswept, natural Camargue:

A Most Unusual Place for a French Vineyard

The Salt of Provence (Fleur de Sel) from Aigues Mortes

5 Reasons to visit the Camargue

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

More Reasons to visit the Camargue

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Margo Lestz

Margo Lestz

Margo is a British/American who has lived in Nice, France for the past nine years. She loves digging into the history of an area and discovering the tales behind local customs and traditions. She blogs about her discoveries on The Curious Rambler . She is also the author of two books, French Holidays & Traditions, and Curious Histories of Nice, France. Click here for Margo's books.

She describes herself as a perpetual student and is always taking some kind of course or researching a moment in history that has caught her fancy. She’s curious by nature and always wondering who, what, why, when, where, and how.

Margo shares her adventures (and her questions) with Jeff, her husband of many years. She enjoys travel, history, observing cultures and traditions – and then writing about them, of course.

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