Sharing Provence with JP

Since arriving Friday JP has been kept busy. Saturday we painted here at the house. It was great fun to have him here to contribute to the art and discussions. We all shared our works throughout the day.

Sunday we went into St. Remy for the the Route des Artistes, a monthly outdoor art show that occurs during the summer. This was the last one of the season. Artists set up stalls along the streets of the old town. In addition to seeing some terrific art we got to talk with many of the artists. They were quite fun to talk to, share ideas and techniques, and just make friends. Aymard Savinas had very interesting impressionist paintings of women in gowns. We talked with her and her husband, Henry, at length. What a great way to make friends with art! Of course we also stopped for lunch at a restaurant and glace late in the afternoon. It was a great day.

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Today returned to The Camargue to introduce JP to this French jewel. Our favorite site there is the Parc Ornithologique Pont de Gau. It was a windy day that started cool, but became quite warm late in the afternoon. The wind kept the mosquitoes at bay. It also kept the flamingos relatively inactive, but the large flocks are impressive nonetheless. We walked one trail, stopped for lunch at the cafe, did some sketching, and then walked another trail to see the Camargue horses, and ended with a final loop through the lakes for more flamingos. It was a wonderful day capped with pasta, salad, wine, cheese, and dessert in our house. Here are some photos from my cell phone camera from today.

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Here are a few photos from Jean taken today at the Camargue.

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About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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4 Responses to Sharing Provence with JP

  1. Judy and Oz says:

    Hi, just now getting to read about your travels and see the many photos. What a wonderful experience you two have had! Call when you get home….

  2. Margi Nowak says:

    Loved your reference to the Carmague horses. I saw Albert Lamorisse’s film White Mane ( as a child and was moved to tears by it.

  3. Brenda Swidler says:

    Yeah! I got this post. The colouring on the flamingos is spectacular. What an opportunity.
    So sad your adventure is winding down. Brenda

  4. Jean-Paul Dumont says:

    I still love the pix of the flamingo in flight. Also the picture of the horses is lovely. Even though the flamingos decided not to fly the show was spectacular.
    Oh, just for the sake of truth, I did not shoot any flamingo, I only “shot” at them; I am very grateful for the quotation marks.
    Thank you again for the lovely outing.

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