Thursday, June 18, 2015

Aix-en-Provence and Arles (Club 122 Longevity)

Some of you know that I (and my two co-authors for Longevity Lifestyle Matters--Keeping Your Brain, Body, and Weight in the Game, Briggs and Horton), created Club 122 Longevity. It was named for Jeanne Louise Calment (1875-1997, the oldest human being whose age has been clearly documented. She was born, lived, and died, at the age of 122 years and 164 days, in Arles. Consequently, it was a real treat to sail to Aix-en-Provence in the South of France recently, docking at Marseilles, the oldest city in all of France, dating back to 600 BC. The town of Arles is located about 45 miles West of Marseilles, on the coast of the French Riviera. Arles apparently became a favorite city of Emperor Constantine I, who built baths there, substantial remains of which are still standing. His son, Constantine II, was born in Arles. Constantine III declared himself emperor in the West (407–411) and made Arles his capital in 408. I would like to return and spend a few days there visiting ruins from antiquity. More tomorrow.

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