Auvers-sur-Oise, France…and Back to Morocco!

Marc’s parents live in a small town outside of Paris called Valmondois.  Nearby is Auvers-sur-Oise, another French village where the painter Vincent Van Gogh spent the last years of his life.  I have visited Auvers before and spent a day there again while Marc and I were visiting last week.  It’s a very interesting visit as you can walk around the town and see the landscape that inspired Van Gogh’s paintings.  Here are some pictures I took while in Auvers with my mother-in-law, Marie-France.  Hopefully they capture the contrast between the real scenery of the town and Van Gogh’s interpretation of it in his art.

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On a more solemn note, you can also visit the grave of Vincent and his brother Theo Van Gogh…

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As well as the room where Van Gogh died (after shooting himself in the chest in a field nearby, he managed to walk himself back to this room in a local auberge where he spent the next 2 days before his eventual death).  Pictures were not permitted during the visit of the room, so the one I have posted here is the official photo from the visit.

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To finish off the day, we stopped by the vegetable vending machine!  A favorite visit of mine when we go to see Marc’s parents…a farm nearby sell their fresh and local produce, eggs, and meat in vending machines.  Imagine that, Andy O’Keefe!

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Now we are back in Morocco and stumbled upon this clip while watching Jimmy Kimmel on Hulu the other night – yes, we can access Hulu and Netflix from here!  Listen from minute 2:40 on…thanks Bill Murray, we couldn’t agree more. 🙂

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