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Walking on the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh in Arles

Walking on the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh in Arles

France is a beautiful destination all year round, so today we suggest walking on the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh in Arles. Let’s see what we mean by that.

Question number 1: what is the largest city in France? No, it’s not Paris, think again… you’ve guessed it, it’s Arles. At the heart of Provence, with a surface of almost 760 sq km, it is the largest metropolitan territory in France. It is also included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with relics dating back to the 7th century BC scattered all over the town. The Theatre and the Arena are highlights of these times.

If you are interested in medieval history, on the other hand, you must enter the Cathedrale Saint-Trophime d’Arles, built in Romanesque style in the 12th century. From the adjacent Cloister you can access Place de la Republique.

You have the unique opportunity of learning more about the city and the region at the Musee Reattu, an art museum that features works by local painter Jacques Reattu, Picasso, Dufy, Cesar and many others. Now, the museum is worth a look, even though during his stay in town, Vincent described it in… less than flattering terms, shall we say.

And finally we come to Vincent. The great 19th century painter Vincent van Gogh lived in Arles in a famous yellow house from 1888 to 1889. He painted some 300 works here, marking his most prolific, if not the happiest, period of his life. It was here that he created most of his important works, but also a place of extreme unhappiness, seeing the decay of his health which would lead to his final mental breakdown one year later.

In the gentle light, however, Arles looks happy and beautiful. If you are not lodged in town for your holiday, you can take a Paris transfer to Arles and enjoy a great ride and a tour.

Let’s take a walk through the Tuileries Gardens!

Let’s take a walk through the Tuileries Gardens!

A visit to the city of romance, Paris, is a must. Among the compulsory stops in the capital city of France you’ll always count the beautiful park we’ll talk about today. Let’s take a walk through the Tuileries Gardens!

The Tuileries Gardens is one of the most emblematic tourist attraction in Paris, a superbe public garden situated outside the Louvre Museum, near the Place de la Concorde. The gardens are impressive not only for the geometrical, impeccable vegetation, but also for the countless sculptures and fountains.

Coysevox, the great Giacometti, Jean Dubuffet and more recently Rodin all left their mark, their artwork being on display here.

Le Jardin des Tuileries (which translates into “the garden of tiles”) was built in 1564, being commissioned by widow Queen Catherine de Medicis. Louis XIV turned the Tuileries Palace into his home and built a modern garden here in 1664. After the French Revolution, the gardens were open to the public.

Today, the Tuileries Gardens offer a breathtaking panoramic view over the center of the city and hosts two museums: le Musee de L’Orangerie (an old greenhouse designed in 1852 by Firmin Bourgeois) and the Gallery of Jeu de Paume, which features photography alongside modern displays of visual art and presentations. This latter museum was originally intended as an army storehouse and then turned into a public gallery in the year 1927.

If you choose to simply take a stroll around the gardens, a good half hour will be necessary. But this walk will truly be memorable, if you think of the fact that the French Sun King used to stroll around this place as well.

To get to the Tuileries, you can take the Metro, hire a car in Paris or, probably most efficient of all, you can book a Paris taxi transfer to take you comfortably to your destination.