Arles. In the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh#1

 

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White Flowers with Blue background by Vincent van  GoghBührle Collection Zürich

Arles is a city in Provence, south part of France. I’m not sure if you know it but Arles is a Roman ancient city and also a place where Vincent van Gogh created numerous paintings including famous Café Terrace at Night. Vincent Van Gogh lived in Arles relatively short period of time- just 15months. He suffered mental illness (probably bipolar disorder) from which he cut off part of his ear. After few short visits to a hospital in Arles, he decided to go to the asylum in Saint-Remy for treatment.

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Café Terrace at Night by Vincent van Gogh

I have to admit that Arles charmed us not only by a famous painter but also by their own heritage: an ancient rural city of Roman Imperium.

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Place de la République with Mairie d’Arles (town hall) & Obélisque

Formerly a 17th century Carmelite Convent, Julius Caesar is now a   5*hotel with décor designed by Christian Lacroix…

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Walking around we found that an ancient theatre…

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….is still in use! The new stage has been built & lights were added; this is something which I have never seen before, even in Greece. It surprises me, but on the other hand, it is very practical. What for built new theatre if previous one is in relatively good condition?

 

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Théâtre antique d’Arles

Roman Amphitheatre is also in constant use. Arles Amphitheatre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The bank of the Rhône river …

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Rhone River in Arles

..where Vincent painted Starry Night Over the Rhone

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Starry Night Over the Rhône by Vincent van Gogh

Following his steps, I came to Café Terrace:

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Place where Van Gogh stayed in Arles does not exist anymore. It was a small yellow house attached to this building:

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We have visited local marché as well. The market in Arles is one of the biggest in France.

 

After few days in Arles, we went to Saint Rémy de Provence but this story I will describe it in my next post.

Daga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Au pied du Glacier de Saint-Sorlin (2707m)

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It is spring. Flowers are blooming, snow is melting, days are longer & sunnier and we went to see glacier de Saint-Sorlin.  It’s free to see (compare to Mer de Glace near Chamonix), it just needs to hike a bit;)

We started our hike from a place which is called Col de la Croix de Fer and is at 2064m (we used a car till this point but it is possible to hike from 300m-you just need more time):)

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Our plan was to walk until refuge de l’Etendard (around 2500m) and then hike towards Glacier.

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Finally, after a while, we saw the refuge a mountain lake and in the background- glacier…

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the water was freezing cold…

 

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I think that some of our guys wanted to check how deep it is…

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the lake was tempting…

 

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..but the glacier was calling…

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we left the lake behind us and start to hike higher and higher…

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and higher…

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…guys were enjoying snow in shorts( apparently for a Parisiens it is a unique experience)

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until we reached the glacier de Saint-Sorlin

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photo both of us was a must;)

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and also our friend JB..this photo I called: Le Parisien et le Glacier:)

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I took few pictures of the glacier itself but I just add this one -glacier is melting (unfortunately) and until end of  21 century will be a long time gone…

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on our way back we had some picturesque views as well…

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We will definitely come back there and try to climb over the glacier (with crampons)…

Daga

PS. I was not very lively recently on my blog, due we moved to a new home and unfortunately I was busy with pretty mundane matters…however I had some free moments and I took an advantage of hiking and travelling a bit, so I will put more posts soon.

A  bientôt!

D.

 

 

 

Valentine’s day in a street art

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Valentine’s hearts  in  Zugmeyer’s Chocolat shop 

“All you need is Love, Love..is all You need..”  says the famous song one of the very famous bands -The Beatles.

Here you go Grenoble street art all of them related to love, however, sometimes in special, unusual way…;)

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Love gives you the “wings”..?
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make love, not war

 

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zebra’s love
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die for love?

daga