SAINTES MARIE DE LA MER: THE GYPSY
Its whitewashed homes are grouped around its disproportionately big church. Saintes Maries de la Mer takes you by surprise as you approach it by bike, after cycling for hours around the wild marshlands of the Camargue.
The town is a pilgrimage destination for Gypsies, who gather yearly in the town for a religious festival in honor of Saint Sarah.
The French believed she was Mary Magdalene's daughter, and she was also known as Sara-la-Kali (Sara the black).
Dark-skinned Saint Sara is said to have possibly been the Egyptian servant of the three Marys.