oh the places you'll go

France

We spent 3 weeks in France and traveled from Calais to Monaco.

I think I want to live in Carcassonne.  Well maybe in my next life!  It is a mountain top community in the south of France in the Languedoc region.  So  cool!  (not my picture but soon I will post my own pics and remove this one.)musee-de-torture

This was a culture and cuisine adventure and a must.  The Mona Lisa is worth it! But the hostels stink in Paris. (literally)

The beach in Nicenice-france-4

that’s me in the water

 

… was more than nice, and even the city hospital in Nice was super if you get food poisoning like my wife did.  She ate too many anchovies!  You’ll find out what happened to her soon.

van gogh

This cafe is located in the city of Arles. We love art so we had to take this photo. Love Van Gogh stuff!

The Cafe Terrace

 

Vincent van Gogh’s The Cafe Terrace stands as one of the painter’s most remarkable works. It is also, without question, one of the most famous produced in Van Gogh’s brief but prolific career.

In 1888, Vincent wrote this note to his sister about his painting …

In point of fact I was interrupted these days by my toiling on a new picture representing the outside of a night cafe. On the terrace there are tiny figures of people drinking. An enormous yellow lantern sheds its light on the terrace, the house and the sidewalk, and even causes a certain brightness on the pavement of the street, which takes a pinkish violet tone. The gable-topped fronts of the houses in a street stretching away under a blue sky spangled with stars are dark blue or violet and there is a green tree. Here you have a night picture without any black in it, done with nothing but beautiful blue and violet and green, and in these surroundings the lighted square acquires a pale sulphur and greenish citron-yellow colour. It amuses me enormously to paint the night right on the spot. They used to draw and paint the picture in the daytime after the rough sketch. But I find satisfaction in painting things immediately.”