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St Rémy to Arles In-A-Day

In the Footsteps of Van Gogh

Itinerary Route

No wonder Vincent van Gogh chose this part of Provence, France, to live for a couple of years. The amazing light and stunning colours of the region must be experienced to be believed. St-Rémy is a delight, the Alpilles stunning in their rocky magnificence and Arles - well, any admirer of the great man's work has to visit at least once.

The tour takes you over the stunning Alpilles - thick with almond and olives trees on the lower slopes, capped with kermes oaks and cypresses interspersed with bare limestone crags, and topped by Les Baux. They stand like sentinels against the blue sky.

Because of superb scenery and stops between St-Rémy, the Alpilles and Arles, it will be late when you reach Arles.


St-Rémy de Provence is often thought of as the quintessential Provençal small town. A plane tree lined boulevard follows the course of the old walls. Inside the boulevard, narrow streets with ancient houses and mansions give access to the historic centre.

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Arles and L’Arlésienne

The beautiful 'Queens' of Arles

Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh's in Arles & St-Rémy

Arles: Amphitheatre

Les Arènes – gladiatorial heaven & hell

Arles: Le Café la Nuit

Le Café Terrace (b,l,d; €€)

Arles: St-Trophime

Church of the first bishop of Arles

Daudet’s Mill

Letters from my Windmill


Ruins of a Greco Roman Town at St-Rémy

La Camargue

The Camargue Regional Nature Park

Marseille: Canebière

Marseille's main drag

Marseille: Le Panier

Greco Roman Marseille

Marseille: N-D de la Garde

Nôtre Dame de la Gard & the Rive Neuve

Marseille: Vieux Port

La Cité Phocéenne

Montmajeur Abbey

A fortified abbey with two chapels & a church

Plateau des Antiques

Roman Mausoleum and Commemorative Arch


A refuge for a great artist

The Mistral

A cold wind from the Steppes

Text © Paul Shawcross

Images by © Paul Shawcross, Paul Shawcross