What better place than the charming village of Auvers sur Oise to spend a Sunday afternoon in September and walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh.
Now is the time, as many events in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the death of Vincent Van Gogh will soon come to an end.
10:30 AM - Meet at the Castle of Auvers to view "Journey to the Time of the Impressionists” -- an interactive, multi-media show with touch screens displaying 500 works and much more. Here you will relive the 19th century Parisian world of the Impressionists from cabarets to Absinth parlors.
12:00 PM - Lunch or a snack - your choosing - at Le Menera, a reasonably-priced Moroccan restaurant. There we will have a chance to catch up with each other after the summer months.
2:00 PM - Visit Auberge Ravoux called Van Gogh’s residence
3:00 PM - Visit the Absinthe Museum with a tasting session.
4:00 PM - Walking tour in the footsteps of Van Gogh through the Village to see the Auvers-sur-Oise church, the cemetery where Van Gogh and his brother Theo are buried, and the famous wheat fields with the crows where it is said Van Gogh committed suicide.
To end on a happy note and honor Van Gogh’s memory, we will end with a Van Gogh quiz with Van Gogh prizes at a café near the train station!
6:00 PM - Head over to the train to return to Paris.
10:30 AM: Château d’Auvers-sur-Oise, Rue de Léry BP 21 – 95430 Auvers-sur-Oise
Castle of Auvers - € 14
Auberge Ravoux - € 6
Absinthe Museum - € 8,00
Lunch at Le Menera: Each member pays their own way.
*All museum visits are optional. If you choose to not join a particular Museum visit you can meet us after the visit.
Train: The train leaves Gare du Nord/Paris Nord at 9:38 a.m. and departs Auvers at 6:25 p.m. It should be Line H that travels to Auvers.
Please note this direct train ride takes approximately 30 minutes.
This special direct train is just for weekends,Saturday/Sunday, and holidays. This special direct train takes between 32 and 35 minutes. The regular trains require a change and take about one to one and a half hours.
About the instructor
Originally from Chicago, Wendy Dubreuil studied languages (French and Arabic) at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and added on German later. Passionate about the French language and culture, she lived on campus at the French House where she hosted weekly pause-cafés and met French-speaking students from all over the world. She later participated in the University of Illinois Year Abroad program, studying French language, literature and civilization. She completed a Masters in International Studies from the School of International Service at American University. She has pursued a career internationally working for the United Nations.