Saturday, August 1st ~ Tarascon and Arles, France
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.
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.”
“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
Place de la République with the Arles Obelisk
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).
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.
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.