The summer began just two days after the kids finished school in June. The company my husband works for is based in Annecy, France and they wanted him to work for a week at the France office. It was the perfect opportunity for a trip of a lifetime. Annecy is a beautiful city in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. We rented a tiny apartment in Le Vieil Annecy (the old part of town) in a building built in 1650! With high walls, arches, cobblestone streets, cafes and small shops, I felt I had gone back in time. We spent a week there touring churches, museums, and a castle, as well as admiring the beauty of Lake Annecy and the towering mountains. We fell in love with this gem of a city.
Statue in front of
After our incredible week exploring the historic city of Annecy, we hopped on a train to Lyon, then Paris for the second week of our French vacation. In the City of Light we rented a ground floor apartment off a courtyard between tall buildings in the 18th arrondissement. One of the first things we noticed was the difference in pace between Annecy and Paris. In Annecy we walked everywhere and things were pretty close together. In Paris there were people rushing around to catch the metro and crowding into famous landmarks. Our metro ride was was about 12 stops from the apartment to the center of the city, and sometime the cars were so full we couldn't get on. Despite the pace change, there were so many well known sites in Paris that I felt like I had stepped into a book or a movie. History and art surrounded us everywhere we looked, from bridges over the Seine, to churches, and of course the museums. At times, the building themselves were so stunning and detailed they became part of the exhibit in their own right.
We visited Notre Dame, the Archaeological Crypt, Sainte-Chapelle, the Conciergerie, Sacre Coeur, the Eiffel Tower, l'Arc de Triomphe, the Maritime Museum, the Louvre, the Orsay and the Orangerie museums, and Versailles, Louis XIV's palace an hour train ride from Paris. I took hundreds of photos. Part of me wishes I had endless time to paint and try to capture some of my favorite memories. We walked miles and saw so much. It was incredible.
The buildings were discovered during excavations from 1965 to 1972.
. It was first was first a royal palace, then a prison during the French Revolution where victims were held before heading to the guillotine, including Marie-Antoinette.
Sacre Coeur Basilica was a short walk from our apartment up many flights of stairs. It was built over 44 years from 1875-1919.
were sad to have to leave after two glorious weeks in Annecy and
Paris, but we realized upon returning home that just a week later we
would be heading to the Hudson Valley region of New York for our annual trek to the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival.
We have been attending Grey Fox since 1996, and we love having the
chance to relax at the beautiful farm surrounded by mountains while
incredibly talented musicians share their art with us. I am not a
musician, and I am always amazed by their ability to play such intricate
music. And of course, there are all the stunning sunsets there.
Now that fall has really settled in and the leaves are dropping steadily, I feel the urge to head back into my basement art room to start painting again. As I look through the trees from my west facing windows, I can watch the weather change over the course of a day, and see the leaves fall and swirl in the wind. I look forward to creating my own new works of art as I remember a summer that was full of so much inspiring beauty.
In : Art Stories
Tags: summer france annecy paris bluegrass "canoe camping" "new hampshire" reflection art
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