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Arles and it’s seductive charm

Arles in Provence is a very beautiful town immortalized by Van Gogh with a strong sense of

its cultural identity. It’s interesting and decadent, charming and glamorous in the summer

when lots of celebrities come to the area. Arles has a real diversity of people and a strong

gypsy influence (one of the members of Gypsy Kings owns a restaurant El Patio which is great

fun at night). Its narrowed streets lead to the main square, the Place de la Republique, which is

the heart of the town. A must-visit place at night when the whole town is asleep.

Thanks to Vincent Van Gogh Arles became known worldwide. The place and the light in the

south of France inspired Van Gogh to accomplished more than 300 paintings in 15 months

while staying in Arles. It is where he cut off his ear as well! Today the town owns none of his

paintings but Van Gogh’s influence is everywhere. Devoted to Van Gogh, The foundation

Vincent Van Gogh Arles is a good place to visit if you’re craving art, inspiration and knowledge.


When in Arles…

…stay in the heart of Arles at Hotel du Cloitre (I highly recommend this design hotel with

excellent hospitality and generous breakfast)

…don’t miss its weekly market and shop from the locals (I can’t take off my mind their home

made biscuits and sausages!)

…take a morning stroll around the amphitheater and sip coffee under the Provencal sun

…visit one of many festivals in Arles, and if you’re lucky to be there in summer (not me!)

don’t miss their annual summer photography festival Les Rencontres de la Photographie which

is probably the most important photographic event in the world

…buy a map at Tourist Information office and  walk the Van Gogh easels

dine at excellent french bistro Chez Caro and experience the cuisine for which the region

is famous

...get lost in the narrow streets and alleyways around Place de la Republique and enjoy

the laid-back atmosphere of the town


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