Last weekend I went to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s the fiftieth anniversary of this festival so it’s a big deal this year! It just so happens that this Cherry Blossom festival goes on for two weekends so in case you missed it last weekend, you can still make it there today (or tomorrow). There were tons of people at this festival being held in Japantown and this weekend there’s even a parade. I don’t think I’m going to make it down there again this weekend, but last week I did enjoy trying a few of the food vendors, perusing the various stalls selling Japan-related merchandise, being jostled around in the crowd, and generally exploring parts of Japantown that I didn’t even know existed. It’s crazy how much more there is to explore in this City!


Welcome!


Hello Kitty for life


Performances


Japanese-style hot dogs


A few of the VERY FEW cherry blossoms actually in bloom

I’m not sure if Arles, France is known for much except that it was where Vincent Van Gogh spent just over a year of his life, but the site of where he painted some of his most famous works. Arles has certainly decided to capitalize on this fact and has cleverly created a walking tour for visitors to see many of these famous sites. Between February 1888 and May 1889, Van Gogh created over 300 paintings and drawings, many of which have distinct Arles buildings and streets reflected in them. To help visitors match his painting with their real-life locations, images of his famous paintings can be found in the locations they reflect. For example, you can see the Place du Forum from Café in the Evening, the bridge where he painted the Staircase of the Trinquetaille Bridge, the park featured in Public Garden, and Espace Van Gogh featured in Hospital Garden, just to name a few of the more famous locations. I mean, it’s crazy to think that such a famous artist really look inspiration from a place like Arles and these places are still around today!

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A French Arles voyage photo adventure:

Read more about our France adventures here: french voyage day 1 french voyage day 2french voyage day 3seine viewfrench voyage day 4french voyage day 5french voyage day 6sunsetfrench voyage day 7french voyage day 8french voyage day 9french voyage day 10red rocks french voyage day 11french voyage day 12french voyage day 13

Read more about our France adventures here: french voyage day 1 french voyage day 2french voyage day 3seine viewfrench voyage day 4french voyage day 5french voyage day 6