03 Mar Provence: Arles

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On our way to Arles, we spotted some endless and magnificent Sunflower fields. Friendly reminder that it’s a bit difficult to stop along the highway, be cautious if you want to park the car on the side. We were told by a local tour guide we were very fortunate to see these sunflowers blooming in early July, which normally wouldn’t happen until late July to early August.

Arles was a lovely medieval town with Roman features and often being associated to Vincent van Gogh. The hospital, Cafe Terrace at night and much more enchanted Van Gogh to turn them into the most remarkable work of art on canvas.

The Cafe Terrace at night in reality looked nothing like the one on the painting anymore and not a single trace of whimsy left behind. It became a pure touristy spot. Instead of dining in the cafe, we picked a small cafe across the square, grabbed some iced latte and lavender milkshake (in fact you could order milkshake with other interesting ice cream flavours, Thyme, Violet, Rose…) and admired this once upon an inspiration to Van Gogh.

Young artists and talents however still stayed. We had visited some very inspiring contemporary art galleries in Arles. Or else if you prefer to visit historical sites and Roman architectures, don’t miss out the Arena.

走過他畫筆下星夜咖啡館,逛進他曾住過了療養院,走進Arles就像走進梵高的生命足跡裡。說實話,現在星夜咖啡館已經淪為遊客拍照打卡的地方而已,沒有遺留下一絲的文藝氣色,就剩下價格高於合理的餐廳。我們找到對面一家小咖啡廳,點了冰咖啡跟薰衣草奶昔,幻想一下到底梵高筆下以前的星夜咖啡館。這裏的冰淇淋記得點特別,我們大愛那玫瑰跟百里香口味,還可以打成奶昔呢。這裏還有不少年輕藝術家在這裏開畫廊,藝術氣色還是濃濃的保留著。

除了梵高足跡,Arles還有值得逛的小街小巷跟富古羅馬時代氣息的建築物跟鬥獸場。這裏還是值得待上個半天的。來往Arles城鎮的高速公路旁邊種了一大片太陽花田,夏天來的時候也不要錯過花海呢。停公路兩旁要小心點便是。記得一般太陽花期比薰衣草來得晚,如果碰巧那年天氣和暖,花期就有提前,有機會像我們一樣兩種普羅旺斯盛名的花海都能遇見了。

1Comment
  • Carmen
    Posted at 22:57h, 03 March Reply

    You are so lucky to see both Lavender & Sunflower blooming in Provence. I hope I can be here one day to meet Lavender & Sunflower sea.

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