Monday, November 23, 2009

Vacation in France, October 2009 - Part #5: Moleskine sketches and photos in Limoges, France.

`Finally, the last post about my Moleskine drawings done in France last month ...

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left: Store fronts in Limoges, France near the old Butchers' Quarter - Oct. 2009
right: Standing on the corner by St. Etienne Cathedral in Limoges - Oct. 2009
Drawings done in pen & ink with colored pencil in Moleskine sketchbook

We went to Limoges several times during our autumn vacation; Limoges is only about 40 minutes from Château-Chervix. The capital of the Limousin region, Limoges is a lively and active city with many cafés/restaurants and shops - it most famous, worldwide, for its porcelain and enamel industries (though the porcelain industry is more or less in decline now).

I did the drawing of the store fronts (on the left of the image above), while sitting at a small café in one of the oldest parts of Limoges. The area was once filled with butchers' shops during the middle-ages - now it's filled with gift shops and restaurants. When I did the drawing on the right-hand page in my Moleskine, we had just come out of the St. Etienne cathedral and I was waiting for my husband to get the car. Limoges is very, very hilly and I was tired! So, I took the opportunity to do the drawing of the corner of the cathedral while I was waiting ... standing up, btw.

This photo is the view that was behind me and though I didn't dare take a picture of him, there was a man standing at a second floor window (to the right of this photo - though not in view) who was watching me all the time. lol!

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Houses Behind St. Etienne Cathedral - Limoges, France - Oct. 2009

But look! There was this artist painting on a very busy square, right by a very busy round-about, in Limoges...

Complete with his "artist look" clothing. Hmm, maybe he was trying to "channel" the spirit of the famous Impressionist painter, Auguste Renoir, who was born in Limoges ... whatever. And the answer to your burning question is; "No!". I did not go ask him what he was painting, just snuck the!

Being the center of France's porcelain and enamel industry, there are many, many buildings/sculptures/fountains in Limoges with either enamels, ceramic tiles or mosaic works decorating their surfaces. This is a photo of one such building...

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Mosaic Covered Pavillion - Limoges, France - Oct. 2009

I'm not sure what that pavillion was for, but I think it is an exhibition hall for enamel & ceramic work. We didn't go in - maybe next time.

We did however, spend quite a lot of time in Limoges's St. Etienne Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Limoges) and the lovley botanical gardens behind it. I have tons of photos of this cathedral - we like cathedrals, so it seems!

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St. Etienne Cathedral - Limoges, France - Oct., 2009

The cathedral sits high above the city and dates back to the late 13th century (building began in 1273 A.D.). You can't miss it, really. Though, in my opinion, it is not the most beautiful of France's many gothic cathedrals from the outside, but then you go inside...

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Chapel of the Virgin Mary - St. Etienne Cathedral
Limoges, France - Oct. 2009.

The side chapels, surrounding the main altar of the cathedral, have all been restored to their original polychromed columns, walls and ceilings - complete with the gold guilding. It was fabulous!!

Restoration work had also been done on the different altars in the side chapels. I found this one particularly beautiful...

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Side Chapel with many Saints - St. Etienne Cathedral
Limoges, France - Oct. 2009

I could have spent the whole day in that cathedral - it is so lovely. Obviously, I'm just a huge fan of gothic cathedrals ... preferrably in France! lol

Here are some more views in and around the cathedral.

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Photo collage of St. Etienne Cathedral - Limoges, France - Oct., 2009.

Not sure when I'll get around to showing you the pics from the apple festival in Magnac-Bourg. I didn't do any drawing there, but I did make a very short movie with my digi camera. As soon as I get it spliced together, I'll try to post it on the blog. But don't hold your breath, because I'm still learning how to do this *omg*... and it's from my digi camera not a video camera. *eek*
tot ziens,


Robin said...

I always feel like I'm "right there"! Your photos and comments are so much fun to read!

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Robin, thanks for stopping!
I try to keep it *fun*, since it could easily become insanely boring like those essays I had to write, long ago, in Medieval History classes... :p :D


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