Today my brother, his friend chase and I went on a 40km bike ride.
Our first stop was to see Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Remy. This is the Asylum that Van Gogh committed himself to where he created well known paintings such as; Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun, Bedroom in Arles, Starry Night and many more. It was interesting to see the olive tree landscapes that I know so well from his work, in real life. They really are funny looking trees.
After that we went up the road to the Glanum archaeological site. The first inhabitants of this ancient city arrived in the 6th and 7th centuries B.C. by the Salluvian people. Because of relations with the Greeks in the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C., the city came upon wealth and evolved into a more Hellenistic style. It was during Augustus’ reign (63 B.C. - 14 A.D.) that the city finally became part of the Roman Empire. Unfortunately during the Alamannic invasions in 260 A.D., the city was abandoned and left to what we see today.
It was amazing to see the columns and monuments built by the romans. I do not have a photograph but down the road was a monument with beautiful reliefs depicting a battle on all four sides. Its amazing the time and talent that was put into the architecture back then and I feel so lucky to get to experience it today.
After that we booked it home because the sun was setting fast. I can not wait to go on more bike rides with spencer. It really is a fun way to explore the countryside.