In February 1888, Vincent Van Gogh arrived in Arles, where he lived for two years.
Strongly impressed by the light and colors of Provence, Van Gogh worked on over 400 paintings and drawings
during this period.
Open air market every wednesday morning.
Visit the Saint Paul de Mausole monastery, which became an asylum in the 19th century. Van Gogh took refuge here in 1889/1889. himself.
During his stay at Saint-Paul asylum, Van Gogh experienced periods of illness when he could not paint.
When he was able to resume, painting provided solace and meaning for him. Nature seemed especially meaningful to him, trees, the landscape, even caterpillars as representative of the opportunity for transformation and budding flowers symbolizing the cycle of life. One of the more recognizable works of this period is “The Irises”.
The road up to Les Baux from the southeast passes trough olive groves . Where you can stop and taste the Olive oil of Les Baux. AOC.
And after…the sightseeing is amazing.
There are incredible rock formations in this part of the Alpilles, with the road seemingly cut through solid rock with single strokes of some giant’s knife.
The village area is a stone and cobblestone medieval village.
Just inside the entrance to the village are narrow cobblestone streets, terrace cafés, souvenir shops.
Before our visit of Arles, we would like to take to Château d’Estoublon for a wine-tasting.
Evocation of Van Gogh’s life, amidst the setting where he lived, source of some of his most beautiful paintings.
See the Hôpital van Gogh, Place Lamartine…)