Hello, it’s me Marimonda.
In the last article, I wrote a review after visiting Giverny. Today, I’d like to guide you to Auvers-sur-Oise, a town located about 30 km away from Paris. This village became famous because Vincent Van Gogh spent his last 70 days and drew 80 paintings here.
Van Gogh described this town as ” Auvers is for really gravely beautiful, it’s the heart of the countryside, distinctive and picturesque.” in a letter to his brother Theo. As he described, the village is very peaceful and full of nature. Including Van Gogh, this small town inspired many artists like Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, or Charles François Dauvigny etc.
The easiest way to get to Auvers-sur-Oise using public transportation is taking a train. With navigo pass covering zone 5, you can visit Auvers-sur-Oise without paying extra penny on train.
At Gare de Saint-Lazare or Gare du Nord, you can take RER C, Transilien line J(Saint-Lazare) or H (Gare du Nord) to pontoise, then transfer the train toward Persan-Beaumont. Then take off at Auvers-sur-Oise.
On the weekend, it’s easier to go there. There’s direct train from Gare du Nord to Auvers-sur-Oise (Transilien Line H, departs at 9:38 a.m.) and from Auvers-sur-Oise to Paris (Transilien Line H, departs at 6:32 p.m.).
Once you take off the train station, there’s a tourist information center across the street. You can stroll around the town or take recommended courses, Chemin des Peintres. Following the path, you will be able to see printed pictures with real scenery that inspired the paintings. I went there last Saturday (8th June), yet the field was too green. I may visit there again in a month to see yellow wheatfield.
Next to the tourist information center, you will find Auberge Ravoux, which Van Gogh stayed in 1890. His room was quite small (7 sq.m) and empty. Entering Auberge Ravoux is strictly regulated. Hence, you should ask the time you can enter the building when you purchase the ticket. You can enter the building with a guide who will explain about the place and Van Gogh. Taking pictures inside the place is prohibited.
Van Gogh moved to this town to continue his treatment with Dr. Gachet. In the middle of the town you might see a direction saying Dr. Gachet’s house. The doctor not only consulted artists such as Cézanne, Pissarro and Renoir including Van Gogh, but also provided his place as a meeting point to them. As a result, many artists stayed or visited this small town and were inspired by the town’s view.
Don’t forget to the check out the town’s graveyard. There, you can find where the great painter and his brother is resting. The tombs are located at the end of the graveyard near wheatfield.
After visiting Giverny and Auvers-sur-Oise, now I’d like to visit Rouen soon. It’s time to organize the next trip!
Enjoy your trip with Marimonda! See you soon:)
Auverge Ravoux : Admission €6. Wed to Sun 10:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m
Musée Daubigny : Admission €5, check the opening hours on the web.