Our final excursion was a walking tour of Arles. Arles is another ancient city with a collection of Roman ruins and medieval houses.
The Roman amphitheatre is still used for sporting events including bullfighting but the less said about that the better.
There is also a Roman theatre where productions are still
held and Roman baths.
Van Gogh painted some 200 paintings in his time here. The Café de Nuit was painted in 1888 and is one of Van Gogh’s most well know paintings. The cheery yellow café is still there and still functioning as a café. And it’s still yellow.
‘Le Jardin de la Maison de Sante’ was our next stop. The
arcades featured in the painting are still in place and the garden bears some
similarity to its original version.
We visited the large farmers’ market with wonderful displays of seasonal fruit and vegetables. I would have loved to have been able to buy some of the local cheese and cured sausage to bring home.