Friday, July 4, 2014

Committing Ourselves to the VanGogh Experience

Today we moved our home base to the south. We are staying the next few nights in a little town, St. Remy de Provence. Where Van Gogh was treated in a hospital for a year and created 142 paintings during his time here. Saint-Paul-de-Mausole was the monastery where Vincent van Gogh stayed from May 1889 to May 1890. We visited here and toured the building where there was a reconstruction of the artist’s room and the Van Gogh Field, where we saw 20 large-scale reproductions of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings on the site where they were created. We visited late in the day and there were not many visitors so it was very peaceful. We found it interesting that it still functions as a psychiatric hospital today, although this building has been turned into a museum.

Our hotel, Villa Glanum is right across the street from St. Paul on Avenue Vincent Van Gogh.

If you look out of our window you can see the olive trees that Van Gogh painted in his painting
  The Olive Trees

Going to sleep that first night, we thought about how we were sleeping under the stars that Van Gogh has made so famous in his painting Starry Night.

French phrase of the day:
This is the good life!  /  Que la vie est belle!  /  kuh lah vee ay behl

stay tuned...

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