“Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.”
-Vincent Van Gogh
I took a painting and drawing class this term. For three hours every Friday morning, I created rather poor imitations of famous artists’ works. Often the artists our professor chose were artists with a strong French connection, one of whom was Vincent Van Gogh. We spent a lazy Saturday following in his crazy footsteps throughout the nearby towns of Arles and St. Remy.
We saw the famous café that inspired the painting below…
…and the hospital where Van Gogh stayed after he gifted his ear.
We also visited Les Alyscamps, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is an ancient Roman necropolis (essentially a cemetery). The church there, called the church of Saint Honoratus, was both gorgeous and hauntingly empty.
Another wonderfully Roman attraction in Arles is the Roman Amphitheatre, built in 90 AD for chariot races and spectacles of hand-to-hand combat.
Lastly, we had a great time exploring Arles’ Saturday market and eating ice cream in St. Remy (the asylum we wanted to visit in St. Remy was unfortunately closed, so ice cream was in order). Overall, a lovely day was spent in good company and in a beautiful place.
Thanks for stopping by.