Val Baussenc

122 Avenue de la Vallee-des-Baux, Maussane-les-Alpilles, Arles, 13520, France
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Van Gogh's Local Haunts

by VictoriaAlessandra

Hi. My name is Ale and I am the personal assistant to a lady who will be traveling to Arles. Her main focus is to visit local places where Van Gogh was known to frequent.

Any and all information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much.


Re: Van Gogh's Local Haunts

by mad4travel


This website might help you:

Don't forget to visit the Roman Amphitheatre too - even tho it has nothing to do with Van Gogh.

Re: Van Gogh's Local Haunts

by mjcCafe

The Tourist Information Office, whose web site is listed in the previous reply, has a map listing 10 markers placed around town at locations where he painted well know works. I didn't see the map mentioned on the web site, but I picked one up at the office in Arles when I visited in March (it's in a pamphlet called Walking Tours and includes several other tours in addition to Van Gogh). The markers show a picture of the painting and some background information about when it was painted. The (relatively) nearby town of St. Rémy-de-Provence has a similar set of markers around town.

Re: Van Gogh's Local Haunts

by vpeter

Hi. Van Gogh stayed also a while in Barbizon. That's just under Paris near Fontainebleau.
Barbizon is very pittoresque, but a little touristic.

Happy travels

Travel Tips for Arles

The Arena

by Lady_Mystique

In this picture can be seen figures from the series of portraits painted by Van Gogh.

In the center front are represented three members of the Roulin family :
the postman is seen in profile, his wife Augustine is seated beside him, with baby Marcelle on her lap.
The show is not a corrida, but a bull game where the bull is not killed.

In one of his letters, Vincent spoke of a "magnificent crowd, a huge multi-colored crowd spreading over two or three levels with effects of light and shadow."


by rwlittle

The amphitheatre holds bullfights. We lucked out and caught one such event the day we arrived. It wasn't the Spanish type, where the bull is killed...this type is called "course camarguaise", and is essentially a big game of "tag" between the bull and several "razeteurs", men wearing white who take turns tagging the bull on the head between the horns and running away. It all seems very well choreographed...the bull never quite catches the chaps. The men are not armed, and so rely on their wits to keep out of harm's way. Price was less than 10 Euros per person.

Roman Arena

by rexvaughan

In the bowels of this arena you can see the basics of stadium construction even today. This one once held more than 20,000 people watching the gladiators get slaughtered by wild animals. Today it is used for a much more civilized passtime - bullfighting! In the middle ages it was used as a fortress and at one time contained the whole city to protect themselves from marauders.

The Museon Arlaten Has Roman Remains and More

by hquittner

The Museon Arlaten was created by Frederic Mistral, the Nobel Prize Winner in Literature in 1904, with his reward. He acquired the 16C Hotel de Laval- Castellane in which he created this fine collection of the local traditions of Provence. One enters the courtyard of the museum where there are pieces of an exedra from the old Forum on their original spot (?) and ancient statues re-set at the entry level. Inside there are collections detailing each aspect of daily life as it was before the 20C in Arles. There are dioramas as well that alone are worth the admission fee. It is hoped that this can be expanded in the future.

Ancient Treasures Found In Arles

by LauraWest

Being an anthropology major in college has programmed my brain so that I never miss the Archaeology museums!! Arles has a very good one. I took a lot of photos there. It was one of the stops on the pass you can buy ( & I did buy, for 13.50 Euro - is a super bargain if you go to many of the choices, as I did!!).

The Roman mosaics section & the old Roman water pipes were especially interesting to me. Allow at least an hour to see this museum.

They have a very small gift shop in this recently built museum ( compared to the rest of the town!). Only one book was in English. I bought it, for 5 Euro!! The staff doesn't know much English, but they were helpful.


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