"San Remy de Provence" Saint-Rémy by edwis

Saint-Rémy Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 25 photos

our comfortable ‘base town’

This turned out to be our comfortable ‘base town’ just to hang out in. The city has a giant one-way traffic flow circle around it. The center of the circle has all the old town stuff, about 4 blocks wide in all directions, with many alleyways and mostly no cars allowed. We easily used the circle to give us a parking reference; like it is ‘near the fountain’ or ‘near the carousel plaza’. I ordered a pizza – ‘house special’ - one night, and it was very nice for it included a semi-cooked egg right in the middle of it. Near St. Remy we found the ancient settlement of “Glanum”, a ancient Roman ruins site. They said it is one of the four most famous monuments in all of France (we guessed that they’ve never been to Paris). .

Still intact are a very large and impressive “Triumphal Arch” and the “Julius Mausoleum” tower. Across the roadway is the old mental sanitarium hospital where Van Gogh spent some time trying to get his head screwed on straight. We did a self guided tour finding his tiny room that has been preserved

This is also where he painted the famous sunflowers and fields of lavender. In St Remy one evening, we came across some kind of veteran’s ceremony, where the classic old-time mayor with a red-white –blue French banner across his chest read some proclamation and a drummer and horn player provided the music to a crowd of about 20.

  • Last visit to Saint-Rémy: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Jun 26, 2007
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