Van Gogh’s Paintings Come Alive In Provence And On Film

The Starry Night at The Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum, St-Remy-de-Provence

Forget the fact that he cut off his own ear. Just remember the sunflowers and the other colourful paintings Vincent Van Gogh did. He was a tortured genius and I have learned so much more about the man and artist through the film, “Loving Vincent” and during my visit to two towns in France: Arles and Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

It is in these two towns in particular where you see van Gogh’s paintings come alive in Provence and learn much more about the artist : through the Van Gogh walking route in Arles and the walk from the centre of Saint-Remy to the Saint-Paul asylum (hospital) where Van Gogh admitted himself. Continue reading →

Highlights of Montpellier During A 1 Week Stay

La Place de la Comedie, Montpellier

A while ago I wanted to take a French course in the south of France. I was able to spend a week in Montpellier not only taking classes at Accent Francais but also have time to explore the city and do an excursion to the seaside town of Sete——all without a car. I would go back in a heartbeat as Montpellier is a beautiful city that isn’t TOO big. Here are some highlights of Montpellier during my 1 week stay as well as information about my experience at Accent Francais:  Continue reading →

Paris Greeters: A Free Walking Tour Worth Taking

Chateau des Ternes, Paris

No matter how many times you visit Paris, you will always discover new sites and learn new things about the “City of Light”. I am a lifelong learner and especially love history. Recently, I took a free Paris Greeters walking tour that uncovered a new part of Paris to me. Paris Greeters is made up of volunteers who take tourists on Paris walking tours. Because I have been to Paris so many times, my challenge to my tour guide was to show me some new things and places. I was not disappointed. Some of the stories I heard were fascinating. Continue reading →

My Big Mistake: Missing Some Of Lyon’s Traboules and Fresques

Lyon's Traboules and Wall Murals are everywhere. Here is the Fresque de Lyonnais (J. Chung)

I recently made a big mistake during my recent trip to France: I missed seeing some of Lyon’s traboules and fresques. And there are many. Lyon has so many hidden passageways (traboules) and wall murals (called fresques or frescoes) that I guess I’m going to have to return. I did, however, see many interesting things like the Lumière Museum, a museum dedicated to the Lumière brothers who brought us cinematography and the Resistance and Deportation Museum in honour of those who fought the resistance against the Nazis and the Jews who were deported to the death camps during WWII. Continue reading →

Celebrating Cinema At The Lumière Museum In Lyon

Poster at the Lumière Museum In Lyon

When I was a child, my parents took our family to Rochester, New York to visit the Kodak Museum (called the George Eastman Museum).  If there was ONE thing that I remember, it was this round cylindrical device that showed moving images. (I’m positive I saw it there!) It was called a Zoetrope and it was invented before “film animation” was created. Since then I have always been intrigued with movie-making, so when I was in France recently, I was able to discover more about the history of cinema at the Lumière Museum in Lyon. Continue reading →