Auvers sur Oise: I found that mock castle so funny I couldn’t miss it. And I like the way the 3 windows above the entrance were laid out on the façade. A drawbridge and barbican as well as a portcullis would have done nicely by the way.
Yes! This is the right town hall. That of Auvers, painted by Vincent. And the local officials have planted a few sunflowers opposite the building… nice touch for visitors isn’t it? And God knows there are visitors from all over the World in Auvers. Auvers-sur-Oise. September 2014
And here is the field in which Vincent shot himself and the famous Wheatfield with crows. There are still debates amongst historians as to whether that was Van Gogh’s last painting.
It wasn’t raining so we couldn’t quite compare the landscape of “the rain” with reality but it did look conspicuously similar to the painting even though the trees had been replaced a few times since then of course.
The famous church in Auvers. It seems that the lady in the forefront of that painting looks like the Dutch peasants Van Gogh was painting in hi youth. Talk about distorted reality…
His tombstone was cleaned and painted not so long ago and is much better kept than most of the other tombs around the municipal churchyard.
Continuation of my experimentation with fisheyed views with no fisheye lens. Here’s one of the Local Council at Champigny. A handsome modern concrete building by the way.