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... dinnertime we sat again with interesting couples we met last night. There was a Captain’s toast which we missed since we got back late and it took some time to get dressed for the Captain’s Dinner. The menu was special tonight. I had escargot.
After dinner we went up on the deck. Since everyone was packing we had the deck to ourselves. It was a beautiful night with a tree quarters ...
... When he was finally allowed to paint he painted 150 paintings. During this time he also did 100 drawings. Unfortunately none of his work is here. They do have pictures of his paintings in the spots where he painted. It was nice to be walking in his footsteps. However, I discovered that Arles did have a museum with his paintings L' Espace de van Gogh. Viking didn't arrange a visit on either of their Van Gogh tours - I find this unbelievable!
... an exhibition of photos by Lucien Clergue, who seems to have enjoyed photographing nudes, sand, and nudes in sand. Apart from the Picasso room and a few other pieces, the building was far more interesting than its contents.
The Baths of Constantine were half a block away so I figured I might as well see them. They're mostly ruins, but you can still see fine examples of the hypocaust system and an intact semi-arch.
On the way back to the hotel I decided to go inside ...
The ride from St. Remy en Provence to Arles was quite short (31 km) which is always good when riding with panniers! A hot humid day but the threatened rain has not materialized. The countryside is peaceful and quiet and today's route had little traffic and a couple of interesting stops at a 12th century church of St. Gabriel and the market in Fountveille just in time for an early lunch. I think that attempting to speak French may have given me a couple ...
Today started with croissants and ended with bulls. This is the good life!
Another beautiful day of taking it easy. Today was Arles' market day which is a big deal as people come from all over to sell fresh produce, fish, spices and olives. We enjoyed walking through the stalls and being a part of the action. We bought some fruit and cheese while we wandered and then came across the long line up at the ...