One Sunday we took the train to Auvers-sur-Oise, a light-filled riverside village that drew many artists, including Cézanne, Pissarro–and Van Gogh.
Vincent had moved to Auvers from Saint-Rémy to be closer to his brother, Theo, in nearby Paris. Here he spent the last seventy days of his life and painted seventy works of art.
Outside the tourist center is Zadkine’s statue of Vincent, depicted carrying his easel and paints, en route to the fields to work.
It was Sunday, and the farmers’ market was tempting.
From the upstairs right window, he painted his view of the town hall.
The past is so alive here. At the end of the next block is a memorial to the fallen in World War II.
Here is the site from which he painted Wheatfields with Crows.
Back down the hill we turn for another view of the church.
Crossing the main street, we pass the railroad tracks to the River Oise.
It is time for lunch and we return to town where I am thrilled by the sight of an old Citroen 2 CV, the classic Deux Chevaux.
Lunchtime! At The Vines of Auvers.
We had tarried too long. Sadly, they were out of tarte tatin, but the pizza was grand.
While the husband enjoyed his café, I continued up the road to the house of Dr. Gachet, the physician who treated Vincent here. Dr. Gachet was a sensitive and progressive man, an artist himself, and art collector. The two became friends.
It was a fine day in a fine village, and I wished for another life. This part of town is particularly lovely, old stone houses with lush gardens and views overlooking the valley.
We arrived on a direct train. This time, we connect at Pointoise.
And before long, we are back at the Gare du Nord, two métro stops from our apartment.
Next stop: More Paris On Foot: http://dianarchambers.blogspot.com/2016/07/europe-by-train-paris-6-on-foot.html