Today we took a long walk in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh. The city has thoughtfully laid out a walking course that begins at Glanum, the Roman ruined town that occupied this valley, and ends in the old town center. Glanum is a couple of kilometers from our house, so we walked from home. Along the walking course 21 Van Gogh paintings from his days at the St. Paul de Mausole Monastery and Asylum are depicted on panels. Although the scenes have changed a great deal in the last 120 years, one gets an appreciation for the shapes, lines, and colors that captured Vincent’s imagination.
The Alpilles still provide a backdrop. Olive trees, plane trees, and cypress stand solidly in the foreground. Stone walls, buildings, and roads lend perspective. It is a rich environment for an artist despite over a century of growth and development.
After 3 hours of walking we found a great Italian cafe for a lunch of salad and antipasto with a little red wine. This happened to be the same place we walked to a couple of nights ago for glace/gelato so we had to have some for dessert. I love the salted caramel! Jean had the chocolate, which I sampled previously.
Then it was a couple of kilometers back home. Along the way we took lots of photos and I did several quick sketches. Dinner was homemade pistou soup that our hosts gave us. What a great day!
- Van Gogh trees (formasderepresentar.wordpress.com)