I was so blessed to experience a bit of the culture and history of France while teaching fiber art in France last summer! Initially I was excited at the prospect of finally seeing Paris: the architecture, the art, the fashion. But I have to admit, I fell in love with the little villages in the south of France we toured - I guess I really am a country girl at heart! The countryside was not so different from ours, with all the roses and poppies in full bloom. These were allowed to grow in abundance around doorways and up mossy stone walls in the beautiful little villages. We visited Alby, Cordes, Saint CirqLapopie among others. So much gorgeous architecture, with stone buildings, cathedrals and castles that have been there for centuries. We were fortunate to have a chef who was also our tour guide and shared so many stories of the rich culture of the French heritage. I took a ton of pictures - every turn brought a "Kodak moment" - but here are a few of my favorites.
After spending a week of bliss touring the villages of southern France, felting and dyeing textiles, I headed to Paris for a long weekend, and that was so exciting too! I crammed as much art as I could into 3 days, visiting museums and cathedrals, a little shopping, seeing the popular sights like the Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, Montmarte, and Arc de Triomphe. Again I took lots of pictures, here are just a few.
The Dali museum was a little off the beaten path in Montmarte...not so with the fabric stores there, that filled the streets! I've never seen so much gorgeous fabric in one place, there was shop after shop of beautiful French fabrics! And they ranged in price from bins of very reasonably priced to couture beaded fabrics draped on mannequins like fantasy gowns.