France ~ Tarascon and Arles for more Van Gogh

Saturday, August 1st ~ Tarascon and Arles, France

Intersection in Arles

Intersection in Arles

The ship is docked on the Rhone river in Tarascon, France. Our morning started out with a bus trip to Arles where we filled in a few more details from the life of Vincent van Gogh.

Along the way we passed field after field filled with bright yellow sunflowers.  

Fields of sunflowers taken from the other side of the bus. Not a very good photo, but it was the only one I got :(

Fields of sunflowers taken from the other side of the bus. Not a very good photo, but it was the only one I got 😦

According to Wikipedia:

“The Roman and Romanesque Monuments of Arles were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981. The Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh lived in Arles from 1888 to 1889 and produced over 300 paintings and drawings during his time there. An international photography festival has been held in the city since 1970.”

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Arles Amphitheater

“Built in 90 AD, the amphitheatre was capable of seating over 20,000 spectators, and was built to provide entertainment in the form of chariot races and bloody hand-to-hand battles. Today, it draws large crowds for bullfighting during the Feria d’Arles as well as plays and concerts in summer.” ~ Wikipedia


Arles Amphitheater

Arles Amphitheater

Arles Amphitheater

Place de la République with the Arles Obelisk

Plaza with Obelisk

Plaza with Obelisk


Fountain in the middle of the plaza

Vincent van Gogh ~From February 1888 until May 1889, Vincent lived in Arles. It was during this time that he famously cut off his ear and was hospitalized. We visited the hospital where we could observe the setting for his painting Garden of the Hospital in Arles (also known as the Courtyard of the Hospital at Arles).

His painting done at the hospital where he was treated after slicing off his ear

His painting done at the hospital where he was treated after slicing off his ear

A couple more Van Gogh’s paintings and the sites where they were done.

Birthday Celebration ~ Since we were getting off of our floating home, the SS Catherine the following morning, Nelson arranged for an early birthday celebration for Tim at dinner. His actual birthday is August 2nd. The staff brought him cake and gathered round to sing happy birthday to him.

New friends from left to right: Tiffany, Nelson, Alberta, staff member, Katie, Tim and Joanne

New friends from left to right: Tiffany, Nelson, Alberta, staff member, Katie, Tim and Joanne

Birthday cake for us to share

Birthday cake for us to share

Gratitude Moment: How sad we are to have our two-week Uniworld cruise come to an end. We have nothing but wonderful memories from this fabulous cruise. There were so many special moments that included seeing a wide array of scenic and historical sites, being spoiled daily by a well-trained, professional staff, sleeping on an extremely comfortable bed, eating one gourmet meal after another, and making new friends who I sincerely hope we will meet up with again someday, perhaps on another Uniworld cruise.

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8 Responses to France ~ Tarascon and Arles for more Van Gogh

  1. It is always so fun to see the inspiration of an artist. I love seeing the location and the painting! Thank you!


  2. Merrill says:

    I love seeing the setting and the painting too! Thanks. I’ve always thought I’d like to do a river cruise.


  3. Anne Jorgensen says:

    J and T, I really loved vicariously sharing your trip! have been to France a few times and to most of these places – so i enjoyed reading about/seeing them thru your eyes… So happy you enjoyed the time abroad and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TIM! what a special time- to be on a trip – and have a birthday!

    all fine here… lately I have had a lot of really terrific family time with Katie (and Wes, and Craig when they can get away from work) and the three kids.. especially at our shore house. Enjoyed sharing w Alice as she was conquering a two wheeler and now she is riding w us all over the island, so independent and proud of herself! … she starts 1st grade in two weeks, is reading a lot, and growing up, ohhhh.. but ,,, every stage is amazing! and Glenda has joyfully learned to play Candyland! just 3, she is sweet and such delightful company! Jack is six months already! is crawling and pure baby…happiness! Craig and I leave this week for a bit of a vacation in lovely Bermuda, going w another couple… should be a lot of fun. We have not been there in years… but have enjoyed it in the past. We are staying in a large house w a pool, looking forward to it. And, looking forward another “end of summer” long weekend at LBI with the family, mark and andrew too- for the Labor Day weekend. I try hard to continue the summer beach days into Sept, altho my things to do and obligations here get busier… so nice there once people are back in school … beaches are empty and Sept and Oct days are usually the best temperatures yet the ocean and bay are still warm.

    I have been feeling good, luckily- we wonder if it is b/c of the juicing? the Vit D? the gluten free diet? whatever it is, I am continuing it all, and am so happy to be able to be quilting and swimming… and doing some crafts and gardening. RUthie and I took a lot of time together and created a shutterfly book about our trip to Africa, should be in the mail today or tomorrow! we used my photos -mostly, and lots of her diary entries… was a LOT of fun to work together and remember all the great things we did on that trip! Am also REading a lot this summer… and happily, I’m not napping so much at all! The fatigue seems to have been lessened! Meanwhile, I am continuing to very slowly taper the prednisone, ever mindful of the traps and potential for setbacks and flare ups, but always hoping to see the end of it … tho that seems years away.

    right now I am heading up to Princeton ( bout 50 min) to my mom’s, have recently taken on her banking and finances( she is 92) and try to spend a morning w her each week… she is amazingly healthy and competent- yet appreciates my company and loves that she no longer is doing that stuff. And I am happy to be able to help .

    anyway… l loved your newsletters this summer and thank you for sharing your fun travels and all the wonderful times! hope you are enjoying these last aug days and that the fires are not a hindrance for you.

    again, happy belated birthday , Tim! best, Anne



  4. Dear Anne, how lovely to hear your latest update. It sounds like you are really enjoying life with the family, but especially happy that you are feeling healthy. How fun that you and Ruthie worked together making a shutterfly album from our trip. They make the best souvenirs don’t they! Enjoy your “end of summer” time. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. Big hugs to you and Craig, and please say hello to Ruthie and her hubby for me.


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