Hotel Gauguin

5 pl. Voltaire, Arles, Provence, 13200, France

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Riverboat connection to train in Arles

by sljenkins

We are leaving our riverboat cruise in Arles and will need transportation to Nice. 2 questions, what is best way to get to Nice and best way to get to that mode of transport?

Thanks so much for your feed back!

Re: Riverboat connection to train in Arles

by Sarastro

The only way to reach Nice from Arles is by train. Book as early as possible (up to 90 days in advance) for best pricing and seat availability. Look for PREM fares:

The passenger boat dock is not terribly far from the train station so you may be able to walk. If not, taxis should be available.

Travel Tips for Arles

The Old Mill

by Lady_Mystique

Around September 12, 1888, Vincent wrote to his brother Theo :
"I have a study of an old mill painted in subdued tones."
He was speaking about a painting representing one of the mills that had still survived through the 19th century in the Mouleyres quarter of the city.

In 1888 this mill had already lost its arms and probably been transformed.
The building existing today in the Rue Mireille, even though it has undergone many changes, still resembles the one in the painting.
Beside the mill can be seen part of a yard that the artist had already painted in June during the wheat harvest.

The same "mas", or Provençal farmhouses, can be seen in the background.

"The Old Mill"
September 1888
Oil on canvas
64.5 x 54 cm
Buffalo (N.Y.), Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Things to bring

by davequ

Good walking shoes for the old stone streets of Arles. Light clothing for the hot sun of the summer and early fall; protective clothing for the windy Mistral of winter and early spring. If (unlike me) you are a serious photographer, bring your best 35mm and tripod with filters and lenses for the beauty of the Provence. Rent a car or motorcycle and drive to Les Baux, St. Remy, north and around into wine country (Chateauneuf du Pape, Rasteau), just go, go, GO!

Musee de l'Arles Antique

by Lady_Mystique

~ The Antique Arles Museum is home to one of the world's most famous collections of Roman Christian sarcophagi. There are over 10 detailed models depicting ancient monuments which are very convincing. The array of sculptures and pottery are so amazing and the inscriptions on many of the museum pieces date from the Augustinian period to the 6th century.

~What I particularly liked was the floor of ancient mosaics that one could see from a circular, encompassing walkway above the work. It was still being reassembled when I was there.

~The artifacts in the museum are truly amazing and very educational. It helps remind you that Arles existed long before Vincent Van Gogh came to live there. It shows a richness that was in its culture, and in the arts, before Van Gogh made this area famous.

Views from Les Arenes

by agarcia

It is still possible to climb one of the towers of the amphitheatre, and after the climbing, there's a rewarding spectacle waiting to be seen: the beautiful terracotta roofs of the houses of Arles historic centre, the clean and refreshing scent of the Rhone river and the amazing landscapes of the Camarge region. Just a handful of steps between you an that vision: you have no excuse! ;-)

Arles and Vincent Van Gogh

by micrologus

Van Gogh arrived in Arles in February 1888. Then starts an period of intens and passionate work in the lights of the 'Midi'. This was the most producting period in the live of the artist. He produced a lot of paintings and drawings while staying in Arles, more than 300 works in only 15 moths. In May 1989 he left Arles and went to Saint-Rémy-en-Provence where he was hospitalised, but the name of Vincent van Gogh will always been linked to the name of Arles.
There is a tour leading you to places Van Gogh made imortal in his works: Le Café "Le Soir" (Place du Forum); L'escalier du Pont de Trinquetaille (Pont de Trinquetaille); La nuit étoilée (Quai du Rhône); La Maison Jaune (Place Lamartine, la maison fut bombardée en 1944); Les Arènes (the Amphitheatre); Le Vieux Moulin (Rue Mireille); Les Alyscamps (les Alyscamps); Le Jardin Publique (Boulevard des Lices); Le jardin de la Maison de Santé (Espace Van Gogh) and Le Pont de Langlois aux Lavandières (route du pont de Langlois, the bridge has been moved to the south of Arles)


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