Walking tour in Arles by d'Anaïs et Pedro
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Arles, a magnificent town with not only an exceptional ancient heritage but much more to discover.
This corner of paradise in our beautiful Provence region combines boutiques, lovely terraces for refreshments, museums and lots more hidden treasures!
You only have to look up as you wander through the town to observe its unusual architecture; incidentally all its monuments were listed by the UNESCO World Heritage committee in 1981.
Rond-point Des Arènes 13200 Arles
Let’s start with the iconic Amphitheatre! Better known by the name "Arena", the amphitheatre is a UNESCO world heritage site, this visit is not to be missed!
After more than two thousand years, this Roman structure continues to impress. Designed to house major shows and able to hold huge crowds, it is here that the gladiator battles took place along with other “entertainment” of the time. Today it is one of the most visited places. Here you can watch a concert or a bullfight etc.
Actes Sud bookshop
Place Nina-Berberova 13200 Arles
Now for a little culture and some reading! We are off to Actes Sud, the name comes from "Atelier de cartographie thématique et statistique" (ACTeS), (Workshop of thematic mapping and statistics) if you like reading, this is the perfect place for you!
With the publishing house founded in 1978 near Arles, it is only normal that their bookstore is situated in town. It boasts a surface of 300m2 and over 40,000 books, as well as a huge section dedicated to music: world music, jazz, classical, etc. Novelists and artists are regularly invited and exhibitions are often organised.
Van Gogh Foundation
35 Ter Rue du Dr Fanton 13200 Arles
Next, we learn that Vincent Van Gogh’s dream of creating an Art foundation is now a reality.
This foundation pays tribute to him and exhibits the work of modern and contemporary artists who had a connection with Van Gogh, the aim is to highlight his legacy and how he inspired today’s art. We find works created by some of the most renowned painters paying tribute to this great man: Clavé, Combas, Debré, Hockney, Di Rosa, etc. A real treat for the eyes! The foundation’s shop is also well worth a visit.
La Rose à Pois
9 rue Réattu 13200 Arles
If we continue a little further we come across Rose à Pois. Audrey, the owner, is always there to welcome you into her boutique where she sells accessories and clothes.
Here we can find dresses, tops, jewellery, big bags, small bags, scarves all made by local designers!
Her boutique is brightly coloured, we can find Japanese inspired fabrics as well as retro, frills or even Vichy fabrics. Everything is mixed together and that’s what gives this boutique its charm!
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Marseille, cultural city break – outside the city
This cultural tour around the streets of Marseille will give you the opportunity to admire the city's rich modern and contemporary art collections and steer you towards the roads less travelled. Begin with the Cantini Museum moments from the city's main shopping streets. Then follow the Corniche roadway to Borély's decorative arts museum. After stopping for lunch, leave the museum grounds in the direction of the MAC to see some 800 contemporary artworks. Next, make your way to the 'Maison du Fada', a local name for the 'Radiant City' imagined by the architect Le Corbusier and visit the MAMO on its roof. Finish at the Palais Longchamp.
Saint Rémy and its painters
Come and spend a delightful half-day in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a typical Provençal village in the Alpilles. Following in Van Gogh's footsteps, get to know the famous artist more intimately as you stroll around the streets and other locations he used to visit. While he only spent a year here, when he was a self-admitted patient at the Saint-Paul asylum, he left an indelible mark on the town and its history. Make time also to see the magnificent Provençal building that houses the Estrine Museum dedicated to the artist.
Tour of the Alpilles, olives, villages and more
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