06/08/2015 06:48 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Arles, Where Walls Are Unpainted on Purpose

Arles, in the South of France, is not as rich as Avignon or as trendy as Aix-en-Provence. But it feels gritty and real, with a patina of life that I find very seductive. When I saw this gorgeous wall, as if awaiting a painter's attention, I asked if it was an initiative of the town or tourist board. My guide said, "No, that's just the way we like it."