Heart from my friend’s first suggestion of nearby city to be visited when I just ‘dismantled’ my luggages in Avignon, I grabbed my lightest handbag and jumped onto the train to Arles, a city in 20-minute train distance. Before I arrived, I have nothing knowledge about Arles, besides its story related to Roman Empire. Without even a map in my hands, I had this wonderful 3 hours in Arles.
It was only 20 minutes by train to reach this city, where the Roman style and Van Gogh made this place famous. Without a map, the first impression this city gave to me was just amazing. It was like a wandering journey that you were back to ancient time as a stranger passing by. Each corner, each piece of stone, and even each strange face made me exciting and curious.
Passing the ‘botanic’ lanes, discover your favourite colours and ‘footprints’ of Van Gogh
The train station was outside the old town, and followed the crowd, it was easy to enter the circular-shape city. Once bypassing the high stone city-wall, my eyes was widened. It was like a botanic garden in those little lanes, where the greens crawled over the buildings and the last sip of sunshine printed on the walls. The blue-printed window was lovely as well, and by chance, there were still two or three boutiques stayed open and the owners didn’t have the time to move the Van Gogh paintings back indoor. Get to the corner, on the Place du Forum, there is the famous The Café Terrace (Café Van Gogh).
出火车站之后只需要一路跟着大家便已经来到城外。城市遵循着中世纪的建筑风格，环形围绕，一层层的向外扩张直到最外围的高墙。跨过高大的护城墙，便是典型的南法悠闲。小巷子很多，但我也乐在乱转悠。翠绿色的爬墙植物齐刷刷地爬满整面墙之外，还要来个“勾肩搭背”，实在是可爱。生活的惬意也能从一扇扇漆成亮蓝色的木门看出来。临近5点这个点，大部分的小铺都关了，不过也有几个爱拉家常的老板没来得及收铺，和隔壁餐厅的老板倒是聊的开心。走到街角处便是位于Place du Forum的著名咖啡馆（Café Van Gogh）。
Standing at the foot of Les Arènes d’Arles
The heritage city stayed with this ancient Les Arènes d’Arles until now. It was broken in some terms, and it was not like the famous one in Roman to be that magnificent. However, in the sunset lights and shadows, it still offered something deep into your heart, which I could imagine how amazing it would be in the old times, when Arles was still controlled by Roman Empire.
站在古罗马圆形竞技场（Les Arènes d’Arles）的脚下
Be quiet at Place de la Republique
Walking forward from the mild slope into the city on higher hill-land, I found Place de la Republique and romansque Eglise St-Trophime. I had almost half an hour sitting at the stairs in the plaza, and waiting for the strong Southern France sunset moving from my toes to forehead. It was a moment of enjoy quiet.
在共和国广场（Place de la Republique）坐一会，享受城中的最后一束阳光
End of the day, be chilled
Once the sun went to the back of the city line, the weather turned pretty chilled and windy. I was out of the old town already and seated at the riverbank of Rhône. The river was low but it was pretty active. Sometimes, my eyes even got too much by those jumping light reflection on the point of waves.