Arles – Part I

IMG_3394

Can’t believe that August is already slipping away, and with it, so is Summer, at least around here…the last couple of days were really sunny and hot, so it made sense to spend the afternoons at the park with Paco (my dog). Now, the weather has changed completely, it’s raining outside…but I’m definitely looking forward for Autumn and its charming days 🙂 I wanted to write this post last week, but I got lazy…I don’t know why, but I tend to get lazy with my personal stuff, like embroidery, the blog, or any other type of project I have in mind…..I’ve been wanting to start a bullet journal since the beginning of the year, but guess what, we are already in the second semester of the year, and I did nothing! Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty organised with my house hold duties, I have a good routine that keeps everything flowing around here, but with my own stuff, I’m just a big procrastinator…don’t know why.

Anyways, I wanted to share some pics of our second day in France (more about it, here and here). It was raining in the morning, but not too much, if I’m recalling it well, so we decided to drive to the little city of Arles. We decided to go there because we discovered that Van Gogh lived there between the years of 1888 – 1889, and produced a lot of paintings while he was there. But there is definitely a lot more to the city than that, especially because it has a long history and was of considerable importance in the Roman province, therefore, there are a lot of Roman and Romanesque monuments.

Our first stop was at the Arles Amphitheatre, built in 90 AD, the Amphitheatre was capable of seating over 20,000 spectators, and was built to provide entertainment in the form of chariot races and bloody hand-to-hand battles. Today, it draws large crowds for bullfighting during the Feria d’Arles as well as plays and concerts in summer. It was really interesting to visit this place, I kept trying to imagine it how it was before, especially because with the fall of the Empire in the 5th century, the amphitheatre became a shelter for the population and was transformed into a fortress with four towers. The structure encircled more than 200 houses, becoming a real town, with its public square built in the centre of the arena and two chapels, one in the centre of the building, and another one at the base of the west tower. And I was like, how did they manage to fit 200 houses in here?! Crazy!

IMG_8302

IMG_8301

We were lucky, because the minute we arrived in Arles, the rained stopped, but inside the Amphitheatre, there were some puddles, but that definitely wasn’t a problem.

IMG_3383

Chilly day, handsome hubbie 🙂

IMG_8288

There is a really nice view of the city throughout the Amphitheatre.

IMG_8285

IMG_8283

The arena.

IMG_8289

IMG_3384

IMG_8290

You can go up in one of the towers and see the whole city from up there!

IMG_8297

IMG_8296

Loved this picture that Rafael took of me 🙂

IMG_8295

What a view of the Rhône river ❤ it’s funny to see that the earthy tones of the houses blend so much with the nature surrounding the city, so beautiful!

On the next post, I’ll talk a little bit more about Van Gogh and share some more pics, stay tuned!

xx

 

Advertisements

One thought on “Arles – Part I

  1. Pingback: Nîmes | Flowery Soul

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s