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Review of Moulin de Daudet

Moulin de Daudet
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$162.02*
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Arles, Les Baux and Saint Remy de Provence from Marseille
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Fontvieille
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is a well-preserved windmill that has become the village landmark. It is now a museum. It is called 'Moulin de Daudet' because of the 19th century writer, who lived there. Alphonse Daudet was a 19th century Parisian, who came to Provence and lived in Fontvieille. His most famous book is a collection of short stories called 'Letters from My Mill'. It records life in Provence, sometimes with great humor. He also wrote novels like 'Tartarin from Tarascon'. Actually, it is said that the actual windmill was not the one he really bought to live and write. There are many other mills on the surrounding hills. But this one has been restored and was later turned into a small museum to recall Alphonse Daudet.
There is a great view from the mill platform. The pine forest around has some nice hiking trails. On the other hand, the road leading downhill to the village is particularly picturesque with its old alley of pine trees.

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

We sere in the area, so took the walk from the town center to see the Moulin de Daudet. It is a relatively easy walk although the climb to the mill is over rather rough terrain. There are signposts for a further walk to the Chateau (which we followed) making a little circle route. You cannot enter the mill but it is evocative of a lost era.

Thank Terry L
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

The restored mill is in itself perhaps not the most interesting place, except of course for fans of Daudet's romantic writings. The exceptional view over the valley of the Rhone, however, makes this a unmissable spot. In the summer, there is a fee for parking.

Thank Eremburg
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

The non-working windmill itself was charming enough, but I just didn't feel enamored enough with it to walk on some distance to see the windmill that actually inspired the Daudet stories. The three euro parking fee seemed steep.

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Reviewed October 13, 2009

The windmill sits gently on top of a hill just outside the little village of Fontvieille, a charminng place. It is definitely worth a visit. The street is beautiful for those biking through Provence. There is a lovely gift shop inside the windmill and you can take the stairs up to the top for a better view. The nearby Daudet Museum is a short walk.

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