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A Walk in Provence
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Although Vincent van Gogh would ultimately leave part of his ear in Provence, he was a model of sanity when he moved south from Paris, in 1888, and chose Arles as his muse. In fact the city was born to be painted, and the Dutchman captured its sensual beauty fully, in the explosion of light and color that seems to radiate off his canvases. And nothing much has changed since his prolific stay. Often called the spiritual capital of Provence, Arles is still languidly holding its pose for the artists and art-lovers who continue to pass through, drawn by its ancient ruins and the city's soft, timeless palette: the green leafy squares, the candy-colored shutters of the 18th-century stone manors, and the vaulting blue sky.