Arles

Arles, France

Next came Arles, a picturesque city intricately tied with a certain Vincent Van Gogh. I think I enjoyed walking in its streets gazing at the accurate houses with such prettily assorted doors and windows and flower pots that you could spend hours just doing nothing but this. Some of these houses seemed to be either painted or … created based on some painting🙂

Arles, France

First thing you see when you arrive by train is this long embankment – the Rhone river cuts across the city – and Arles immediately receives +1 from my point of view🙂 The lions are there to remind us of a railway bridge (Pont des Lions) which used to be there once, the road leading to Lyon and Marseilles. It was destroyed during the Second World war.

Arles, France

I invite you on a journey in this charming city. Step by step, just enjoy!

Arles, France

Dead-end of the Knights of Malta – there were so many curious names I came across in Provence!

Arles, France

A pigeon substituting a typical representation of Madonna (or saints) attached at the corners of the buildings – niches d’angle.

Arles, France

I just fell in love with this house!

Arles, France

Oh you can easily tell that my thirst for details was fully satisfied in Arles!

Arles, France

Including my love of all those decadent things, the witnesses of the recent past, like this bakery with yellow tiles:

Arles, France

A timid cat?

Arles, France

oh the decadence!

Arles, France

give me more of those hushed hues of Provence! – the pastel colors washed out by the sun

Arles, France

and I don’t mind the bright colors either:

Arles, France

street views:

Arles, France

life goes on:

Arles, France

a slit for letters – just noticed it above the chair!

Arles, France

my favorite lamps and street lights:

Arles, France

the dog fits this central square perfectly:

Arles, France

loved this combination:

Arles, France

brocante (flea market) next to the Yellow House where Van Gogh painted his famous yellow room:

Arles, France

and an assorted window with delicate lace curtains:

Arles, France

you see – I just couldn’t stop taking pictures in Arles!

Arles, France

these lights must surely have seen Van Gogh:

Arles, France

there’s something to them, right?

Arles, France

chairs in the courtyard of the Vang Gogh Foundation, ex-mental hospital where he painted his Ladies of Arles:

Arles, France

the sun in the cathédrale Saint-Trophime

Arles, France

And instead of showing you pictures of the Roman arena in Arles, here’s what a musician was playing right next to it, under the blazing sun of Provence:

Arles checklist

  • bookstore & postcards – bought most of them here, replicas of Van Gogh naturally. Especially liked this one.
  • museum – nope
  • local food – nope but bought some lovely food (to be discussed:)
  • market – no
  • old town – loved it! skipped going to Nîmes that day and even wanted to come back

All in all, a place for getting lost in the narrow streets, savoring the details and running along the river to catch the train! I was going to my second – and the best of the two – home in Provence that day. Expect more details!

Adding this to my Travel series. See my other Provence-related posts: Marseille, Piolenc, Orange and a recipe with Coulommiers cheese.

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