Following the Path of Van Gogh
Gail is traveling through France with a KUSC tour group. Here she retraces some of the steps of Vincent Van Gogh.
A very full day started out on a somber note, with a visit by bus from Avignon to the St. Remy-de-Provence sanitarium where Van Gogh was a patient from 1889-1890. The olive trees and flowering almond trees, the cypress and his cramped bedroom, all echoed in his paintings. Significantly, not a single original work by Van Gogh was given to, bought by, or retained by the institution. But today every path, every hallway is lined with Van Gogh duplications, and of course there is a Van Gogh sanitarium Gift Shop!
Well, there is ONE original Van Gogh, a statue of Van Gogh holding sunflowers, erected just in the last few years on the path leading to St. Remy.
The group had a splendid lunch in the country at the Michelin-starred Cabro D'Or, or Goat of Gold. No goat on the menu, but here was the sublime 1st course.
After several days of cold, rain, wind, and even a hailstorm, today turned picture-perfect just as lunch was getting underway at Cabro D'Or in beautiful Les Baux. This group portrait taken in the restaurant's glorious front yard.
Like Van Gogh, we headed southwest to ancient and modern Arles. This is the extraordinary carved facade of the Romanesque Church of St. Trophime, adjacent to the equally venerable City Hall.