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Address: Arles, France
Activities: Dining
Description: This intimate town square was once the heart of the city in ancient Roman...
This intimate town square was once the heart of the city in ancient Roman times.
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Weathered A Little From Time and The Economy

You can come here to eat if you like. Van Gogh painted one of his famous night scenes here and there's a marker describing the event. Some restaurants have closed, though, and the... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed November 21, 2014
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Henderson, Nevada
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Henderson, Nevada
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314 reviews 314 reviews
108 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

You can come here to eat if you like. Van Gogh painted one of his famous night scenes here and there's a marker describing the event. Some restaurants have closed, though, and the liveliness common in a previous era seems to have dissipated. So somewhat disappointing on my return, but if you have never been here it's worth a look... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This place is around old Roman Forum, surrounded by shade trees. Van Gogh's "Cafe de la Nuit" once stood here. Ther is still a restaurant by the sane name (photo). There is a hotel named Grand HotelNord-Pinus. On one of its corners one can find two Corinthian columns.

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Lake Forest, California
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Searching in this plaza for "Place du Forum", we almost missed the columns that seemed to blend in with the current building.

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Armonk, New York
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32 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Nice to see the tip of the Forum (go underground for the size!) and now many restaurants and a nice glacee place. Popular during the week, nearly abandoned on Sunday night.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

not much to see but reasonably close to the ampitheatre in Arles. Don't need to spend much time here.

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Sandy, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Our hotel was the Hotel du Forum, located right n the Place du Forum. While the Place is not very large, there are lots of cafes, including the famous café that Vincent Van Gogh painted (the City Terrace, now known as the Café Van Gogh). A part of ancient Arles remains in the square, a pillar dating back to 49AD.

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Australia
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34 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Of course, a must visit if a Van Gogh fan. VERY touristy, and I was advised by two locals to avoid the food due to health regulation checks which found them very poor in their hygiene. My hotel was also in this place, so it was nice to look out my window and think on Van Gogh. In September tables... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The side streets, the restaurants, and other buildings in the Forum reminded me of the colors of Van Gogh's paintings. It was worth walking around the Place du Forum and side streets just to sense his presence.

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Waitsburg, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

A fascinating look back into history, by a U.S. Visitor who comes from a country only a few hundred years old. The Romans built to last, as evidenced by these carved pillars, the arena and theatre, their roads and aqueducts.

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Montpellier, France
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Just like many other (too) touristic places, all the waiters there are not very service oriented. They don't have to make any effort to get customers thanks to the famous painting of Gogh. Therefore the service is quite bad. Food is very ordinary and mediocre however quite expensive. Can't pay with any credit cards. The service is very slow even... More 

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