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