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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Saint Rémy de Provence

I'd hardly unpacked my bags and sorted my photos of China when Patrice and I took yet another trip. Last week's destination: Saint Rémy de Provence and the home of Georges and Joëlle, friends of Patrice.

Saint Rémy de Provence is located between Arles and Avignon in the south of France. It's an area known for a small mountain chain known as Les Alpilles (little Alpes). It's also known for wines and olive oil and Roman ruins.  Oh yeah, and Van Gogh. Vincent Van Gogh spent a year in Saint Rémy at the psychiatric hospital Saint-Paul de Mausole. We've been interested in tracing the steps of Van Gogh as you've seen in earlier posts here and here.
The period spent in the calm of the Saint Paul asylum represents a major period in Van Gogh's artistic production and the town has created a complete walking itinerary - following in the steps of Van Gogh with panels showing reproductions of his works at the exact locations which inspired him.
Imagining what his room might have been like
The view often seen in paintings
Entrance to the asylum
The actual hospital is off limits to visitors, so the visit is centered in the church and cloister

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