I think we ended our three-week adventure in France and Germany on a high note. I really loved Arles. In trying to think of a word to describe why, I keep coming up with “comfortable” for some reason. I think I just felt really content wandering its streets. It was full of charming cafes and beautiful alleys. I liked the woman I bought a pain au chocolat from. She just seemed very friendly. I also liked the woman we bought a sandwich from for lunch. It was maybe the most amazing sandwich I had the whole trip made of fresh mozzarella, avocado, lemon, and herbs. Mmm… so good! And well… I’ll just let the photos do the talking.
The symbol of Arles is the lion, and you could see them everywhere, from fountains to churches to the remains of a bridge over the Rhone River.
We went to Arles originally because Van Gogh once lived there, and we wanted to follow in his footsteps for a bit. A cafe in Arles is recognizable from the famous Van Gogh painting Cafe Terrace at Night.
Now it’s called Cafe Van Gogh in order to capitalize on the connection. It’s kind of disappointing, but I’m glad they at least kept it the bright yellow color. We sat on some steps across from the cafe to eat that delicious mozzarella and avocado sandwich.
We also stopped by the hospital where Van Gogh lived for a while after her cut off his ear. It’s depicted in Le Jardin de la Maison Sante a Arles.
And we stumbled across a sculpture dedicated to Van Gogh while resting in a park.
And when walking along the river, we saw – in the daylight – what inspired Starry Night Over the Rhone.
But mostly, in addition to Roman ruins, we saw lots of beautiful streets and tiled rooftops.