A little more from our vacation in France. On our second day we made a brief stop in the small fishing port of Cassis also known as one of the prettiest coastal towns of Provence. It is also famous for it's delicate white wines as well as the turqcouise waters of the Calanques.
Small town with plenty of charm. Even the back alleys are filled with quiet coziness.
From Cassis we did not drive directly to Camargue, this we did some days later on. Camargue are the vast marshlands stretching out towards the sea. This is a 30,000 acre nature area. Out here the French style ranchers live.
Here you find the white horses. There are plenty of horses to rent around in this area. Actually the American cowboys decended from the Provencial cowboys. According to history Horace Greeley advised them to "Go West" in the early 19th century. These Camargue ranchers did exactly that, shipping out to the French colony of New Orleans and from there they spread out as the first horse-wranglers wearing their black felt hats. They also wore their "bleus de travail" or blue jeans. So this is where the cowboys came from once upon a time.
Something else that is special "Pink flying flowers" or flamingos. They were quite shy so it was hard to get a good picture of them.
The Camargue is considered to be a bird watching paradise. There are hundreds of species here. The white horses and the birds seem to get a long great. One of the white birds is taking a break sitting down on the back of one of the white horses that seems totally relaxed continuing to munch grass.