cotes de provence

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (Provençal Occitan: Sant Romieg de Provença in classical and Sant Roumié de Prouvènço in Mistralian norms) is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.

Geography

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is situated about 20 km (12 miles) south of Avignon, just north of the Alpilles mountain range.

Sights

On the southern outskirts of the city, the ruins of the Roman city of Glanum can still be seen, including a "Triumphal Arch".

Miscellaneous

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence was the birthplace of Nostradamus, a 16th century author of prophecies.

The painter Vincent van Gogh was treated here in the psychiatric center at Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (1889-1890).

Princess Caroline of Monaco and her children lived in Saint-Rémy for several years following the death of her second husband, Stefano Casiraghi.

See also

St. Remy de Provence is a quintessentially lovely Provencal town. While there are numerous places to stay, the Chateau des Alpilles on the outskirts of town is particularly appealing. It is an 1802 chateau with an allee of plane trees leading to it. There aren't many rooms, so make reservations. The rooms have high ceilings, almost 16 feet and have been redone in French antiques and Pierre Deux fabrics. The baths are very modern. You may dine at the hotel only if you are a guest, and being a guest is well worth the splurge.

Van Gogh spent his next to last year in the asylum at St. Remy and outside the walls, there are plaques that mark the exact spot where he painted some of his paintings. You can see the landscape he saw, the gnarled olive trees he painted. It is a most memorable sight.

References

Based on the article in the French Wikipedia.

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