After five days exploring the busy city of Paris I was ready to settle into the slower pace of a tiny village, The workshop was based in the quaint village of Limoux. The small village is charming located along the Aude River.
The first day I crawled into bed around 11:30 p.m. and realized I didn't have a sketch in my journal, for the day. I sat up in bed and sketched the view before me...kind a fun!
Our days (especially mine) started early. I like waking up early and having quiet time to myself to enjoy my coffee, sketch and review my plan for the day. I am grateful jet lag isn't a problem for me and I switch over really quick. Breakfast each morning was at 8:00 to 9:00. By 9:30 we would be in the vans and on our way. Below are pages from my illustrated sketch journal.
Minerve was selected as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. The main bridge leading into the village is closed to vehicles not owned by residents of Minerve. Visitors are welcome to climb the narrow winding streets that lead past shops with pottery, antiques, and wines. The village is rich with history.
Lagrasse is famed for its Abbey, Medieval houses and streets, book and pottery fairs over the summer months, and a lovely 12th century hump backed bridge. It is a pleasant walk if one leaves the abbey, passing between it and the river - past a series of allotment gardens, to a foot bridge / dam. That provides an excellent swimming spot during the summer months and is a good place to cool off from the climb up the Tower. I sketched the abbey tower as a demo for the group. But my favorite sketch was the cute little car!
One morning I woke to the news... my granddaughter, Nevaeh was born! She came early which had been expected by the doctor....and much to her mommies relief. The day held a lot of emotions of me. I felt guilty for being so far away and happy she was here safe and sound.
I have more places and sketches to share.
Until next time, Happy Sketching!