Arles. In the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh#1


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.

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.

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…


Walking around we found that an ancient theatre…


….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?


Théâtre antique d’Arles

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


The bank of the Rhône river …

Rhone River in Arles

..where Vincent painted Starry Night Over the Rhone

Starry Night Over the Rhône by Vincent van Gogh

Following his steps, I came to Café Terrace:



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

la maison de van gogh

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.