Arles Off The Beaten Path

  • The red vineyard at Arles
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    Terra-cotta Rooftops

    by Lady_Mystique Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    The rooftops of Arles

    The one view that I fell in love with was the one before me and all around me once I made it to the top level of the Arles Roman Amphitheatre.
    I had never before seen such a collection of orange-colored roofs before me!
    The surrounding countryside quite enchanted me...so much so that I had to force myself to come down.
    But I'll be back for another look!
    I think I'll have to plant myself there for a few days to do some sketches...

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    Go for a Stroll

    by Lady_Mystique Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    French poodle of Arles,  France...

    The ancient streets of Arles are rather difficult to manoeuvre with a car, unless it's one of the few main avenues,
    so I would highly recommend parking your car somewhere safe and exploring the town on foot.
    This is by far the best way to really get a feel for the place, and at a pace that allows you to stop and go as you please.

    There are so many charming and fascinating places to be discovered along the numerous cobbled and narrow streets.
    I found most of the best ones radiated from the Arles Amphitheatre.

    And don't forget to take your dog along with you!
    It's a great way to meet the locals, who seemed to be deeply attached to their canine companions.

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    Le Point de Langlois

    by Lady_Mystique Written Nov 23, 2004

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    The bridge Langlois (le Pont Langlois)

    Vincent van Gogh painted this drawbridge in Arles in 1888.

    Located just outside of the town of Arles.

    Get a self-guided map (about $2US) available at the town's local newspaper and it should give you further information and directions to the bridge and other spots of interest in Arles

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    Van Gogh's Painting of Le Point de Langlois

    by Lady_Mystique Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    Le Point de Langlois

    Lettre à Théo :
    " ... Pour ce qui est du travail, j'ai rapporté une toile de 15 aujourd'hui, c'est un pont-levis sur lequel passe une petite voiture, qui se profile sur le ciel bleu - la rivière bleue également, des berges orangées avec verdure, un groupe de laveuses aux caracos et bonnets bariolés ..."

    "Today I brought back a canvas of a drawbridge with a little cart going over it, outlined against a blue sky --- the river blue as well, the banks orange-coloured, with green grass and a group of washerwomen in smocks and many-coloured caps. And I have another landscape with a little country bridge and more washerwomen; also an avenue of plane trees near the station."
    1888

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    Van Gogh's View of the Rhone at Night

    by Lady_Mystique Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    Starry Night over the Rhone

    Starry Night over the Rhone is one of Vincent van Gogh's famous paintings of Arles at night.

    The challenge of painting at night intrigued Van Gogh. The perspective he chose for Starry Night over the Rhone allowed him to capture the reflections of the gas lighting in Arles across the glimmering blue water of the Rhone.
    The sky above is illuminated by the constellation known as the Great Bear.
    In the foreground, two lovers enjoy the soft, soothing night light as they stroll by the banks of the river.

    Depicting color was of great importance to Vincent. In letters to his brother, Theo van Gogh, he often described objects in his paintings in terms of color. His night paintings, including Starry Night over the Rhone, emphasize the importance he placed in capturing the sparkling colors of the night sky and the artificial lighting that was new to this period.

    Oil on canvas
    72.5 x 92.0 cm
    Arles 1888
    Musée d'Orsay Paris

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    Arles-Panorama

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    Arles-Panorama

    French Arles became the first aincient Roman city, that I've seen. In a year later I saw the Roman Collosseo and other sights which became prototypes of Arles's constructions. I saw them in Arles for the first time, and it has made strong impression.

    After falling of Rome in Middle Ages about 879 Arles became the capital of Kingdom Arl. Then it got in sphere of influence of the German confederation. It is interesting, that in 1178 Friderich Barbarossa was crowned here. In 1487 Arles was attached to France.

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    Rhone - Provencal language

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    Arles - Rhone
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    The name of the great Provence poet Frederik Mistral also is connected with Arles and Rhone.
    Till XV century Provence had the Provencal language, but as a result "a common-French alliance" it gave up the place to French. However since XIX century language revives - verses and songs on Provencal are well known. Alphons Dode introduced Provencal air and accent in the French prose.

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    La Camargue

    by davequ Updated Aug 19, 2004

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    Just outside (sw) of Arles is the Carmargue. It is unique in its fauna and appearance.

    Marshlands populated with flamingos (in the summer), wild horses, beautiful birds of all types.

    Tours are available in downtown Arles.

    A few mosquitoes and some humidity (it's a marsh right next to the Mediterranean), but if you like nature and unique landscapes, I recommend it.

    There is an excellent book you can buy titled "La Camargue" in Arles at hotels and bookstores that is filled with excellent photos and much information. I recommend you buy the book (I did) first if you can find it.
    ISBN 2-84293-050-9.

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    Ancient Roman Ruins in the City of Glanum

    by davequ Updated Dec 18, 2008

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    The entrance gate at Glanum  built around 48-20 BC

    Think of a cluster of Roman ruins situated in the middle of a Van Gogh painting.

    Just outside (1 mile south) St. Remy and almost across the road from a hospital where Van Gogh attempted to convalesce, sit the ruins of the Roman city of Glanum. Approx. 2000 years old, many of the sites in Glanum are very well preserved and documented.

    The area around Glanum is very beautiful and inspirational. This is a side/day-trip from Arles that is well spent. Anyone interested or fascinated by ancient history and Caesar's conquest of Gaul will love Glanum, Orange, Arles and Nimes.
    Here (click below) is some good info:
    Roman City of Glanum

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    Joli Flamant...

    by davequ Written Aug 11, 2004

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    .....pretty flamingo.....

    Symbol of the Camargue, they breed and hatch their babies in the Camargue spring and summer.

    In the fall they migrate to northern Africa as the Camargue can actually get dangerously cold for them in the winter.

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    Arles in Moscow

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 9, 2012

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    The red vineyard at Arles
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    I (and you) may refresh our memory about Arles and Provance even without leaving Moscow. I should go to the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (19th and 20th Century European and American Art Department) and see “The red vineyard at Arles (Montmajour)” by Vincent Van Gogh apparently the only painting sold during the artist's lifetime.
    What a wonderful opportunity!

    12 Volkhonka St., Moscow
    Metro station: "Kropotkinskaya".

    Ticket price for foreign visitors 400 rubles (10 euro) for adults, 200 rubles for schoolchildren, students and pensioners.
    Attention! Ticket prices for exhibitions might differ from those for permanent collections.
    Visitors are offered audioguides in Russian, English, German, French and Italian.
    Many exciting tours are on offer!

    Open daily from 10 am to 7 pm
    Thursdays from 10 am to 9 pm
    Closed Mondays

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    The Musee de l'Arles Antique Is At the Town Edge

    by hquittner Updated Jan 18, 2011

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    The New Museum
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    The Musee de l'Arles Antique is at the south edge of Arles next to the main road. It was opened in 1995 and combines works previously shown in two museums previously housed in no longer used 17C churches near the Pl. de la Republique. It can be quickly reached by taking a local bus for a five minute trip from the Pl. des Lices. The interior contains both collections , many more works and models that make the real treasures more understandable.

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    Tarascon With A Fine Caslte Is 10 miles North

    by hquittner Written Feb 3, 2011

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    Chateau of Tarascon

    Tarascon is on the east bank of the Rhone, ten miles north of Arles. It has a fine castle with a tower at each corner. This version of the building was built by Louis II of Anjou in 1400 and finished by his son in 1435. It was the next owner, Good King Rene who enjoyed it and further improved it. This is also the site at which Ste. Martha died, but only after she tamed a Dragon, the "Tarasque", which is celebrated each year at the end of June. Tarascon is also famous for Daudet's hero Tartarin de Tarascon.

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    Stes-Maries-de-la-mer

    by Toshioohsako Written Nov 27, 2009
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    Its located 60 km meters south of Arles and the area is known for the white horses (not wild but free). The city also offer beautiful sand beeches. Its a small city and interesting shops and restaurants. There is a church with interesting design and a kind of soothing music is being played.

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    We Visited the Pont du Gard

    by hquittner Updated Feb 24, 2011
    Pont du Gard

    We believe that every one who visits this part of Provence should try to go to the Pont du Gard, which we feel is one of greatest views in the world. On our second visit we arrived from Arles, then driving oward to Avignon. On this trip the town of Remoulins had put up barriers and there were unpaved parking areas with a fee. Up river there were two camp grounds and there were a few canoes paddling in the upper waters. We could still climb freely upon the bridge.

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