Provençal Villages, Arles & Van Gogh’s Room

We’ve returned from our week in Provence!  Last year we mostly visited the larger cities (Avignon, Orange, etc.), so this year we visited many of the smaller villages in Vaucluse (74), and then drove down to Salon-de-Provence and Arles in Bouches-du-Rhône (13).

The beauty of Provençal villages never gets old to me. The colors, the flowers, the countryside, the weather, the tranquility – all of it makes me want to move there tomorrow.

The last village we visited, Séguret, is considered one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. And I would have to agree. Even the town’s mairie has an adorable sign above its door.

Another reason I love traveling in France is all of the historical information you come across. Of course, it’s always amazing to see Roman ruins that are thousands of years old, but I’m more interested in the people who lived here. I had forgotten that Van Gogh spent some time in Arles and that Nostradamus had settled in Salon-de-Provence, but the cities definitely reminded me.

Right next to the arena in Arles is a reconstruction of Van Gogh’s room, which you can visit for 2,80 €. It was actually really neat to see.

Obviously we didn’t make it down to Camargues or over to Aix-en-Provence like we had planned. Maybe next year…Now it’s back to the real world of catching up on paperwork, e-mails and blogs!

The rest of the pictures are here: Provence 2008 Photo Album

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  • http://unautrejp.blogspot.com/ Justin

    Great photos… I need to visit Provence some more… I have only been to Avignon once for a couple of days, but it was so neat.

  • http://unautrejp.blogspot.com/ Justin

    Great photos… I need to visit Provence some more… I have only been to Avignon once for a couple of days, but it was so neat.

  • anne

    Lovely photos…can’t wait to visit France again!!

  • anne

    Lovely photos…can’t wait to visit France again!!

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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