Saturday, January 30, 2010

June 3, 2009 - Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France

Bagnols-sur-Cèze is a regional center on the Cèze river in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. From a Roman settlement developed for its baths, by the 13th century Bagnols sported a central arcaded square, now called Mallet Square, and was granted a regional market in 1223 that helped consolidate its growth. Now a town of more than 18,000 people, the market is still held every Wednesday and its fortunes were further advanced in the 1950s when the Marcoule nuclear center was created close by. A mile or so outside town is a well organized campground with a store, a swimming pool and shaded casual sites on the bank of the Cèze. A most enjoyable couple of days in a friendly and compact town. For some market pictures, click here.

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