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Paris Day Trip : Auvers-sur-Oise

Day-Trip to Auvers-sur-Oise from Paris

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Auvers-sur-Oise is a small village that has managed to retain the charm of days gone by, this despite its popularity amongst tourists and amateur impressionist painters alike. Long before the arrival of its most famous resident, Vincent Van Gogh, Auvers-sur-Oise, with its lush, green valley had been a favoured spot for nature lovers. Charles Daubigny, a native of the region, was one of the first to place his easel by the Oise, setting up a floating studio in which he was able to paint a succession of country scenes as the cool waters flowed by. He arrived in Auvers in 1860 and was quick to invite numerous friends to vacation nearby. These friends included Camille Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Camille Corot, Berthe Morisot, and Daumier, the famous caricaturist.

The dutch painter traveller, Van Gogh, arrived in the small village in 1889, following a stay in Arles. Modestly, he set up shop in the boarding house Ravoux, which still exists today, having painstakingly preserved the interior design of the era of its most famous client. The small attic room, for which Van Gogh paid a sum of 3.50 francs per day, meals included, is open to tourists. During his stay at Auvers Van Gogh painted more than 70 pieces of the surrounding region, his life ending as his mental health deteriorated, in 1890. He is buried in the village cemetery next to his brother Theo. Today, numerous plaques document the movements of Van Gogh around the village, marking his favoured spots and those that inspired him most, including the famous church, his painting of which is shown here.

Practical Information
Take the train from Gare St-Lazare or the Gare du Nord until Pontoise. Change line and take the train in the direction Persent-Creil until the station Auvers-sur-Oise.
- L'Auberge Ravoux: Where Van Gogh lived for 70 days, painting 70 pieces before dying in 1890. You can still eat and/or sleep here.
- Château d'Auvers Tour: An excellent educational journey into the world of the impressionists, staged with the authentic decor and re-enactments of the end of the 19th century.

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