Sunday, April 10, 2011

April in Paris - Moleskine Drawings and Photos

Ok, again this sort of blog post takes forever to put together ... but I did it! First up, the drawings in my Travels in France Moleskine - Volume 4... then some pics.

As soon as we get off the train in Gare du Nord station, we buy our Paris Visite Metro passes ... and have a pastry!
drawings copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Metro Tickets-Paris Visite Pass and pastry from Maison Paul
Paris, France  ~  April, 2011
watercolors, pen & ink, in small moleskine sketchbook

The pastry is a raisin swirl, but this particular patisserie called them "Escargots" (snails). In all my trips to France, I don't recall ever seeing them called that before, but I can see why...does sort of swirl like a snail shell. :o) Either way, these pastires are my favorites.

So off we go walking all over you do. Stopping, once in awhile, for me to draw something. The weather was really lovely in Paris too.
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Wallace Fountain at St. Sulpice Square - Paris, France  ~  April, 2011
watercolors, pen & ink, in small moleskine sketchbook

Wallace fountains can be found all over Paris. They first appeared in 1872, designed by Charles-Auguste Lebourg, and were funded by the Englishman, Sir Richard Wallace. Originally designed and funded as public drinking fountains for Parisian passers-by and to provide clean drinking water for the homeless of Paris, the fountains still function today - contrary to popular belief,  the water is safe to drink. This Wallace is in front of the glorious St. Sulpice Cathedral. There's also a huge fountain on the same square with lions, sculptures and sprays, etc., but I didn't have time to attempt to draw that. We've visited St. Sulpice cathedral before, so we didn't go in this time ... I just wanted to enjoy the lovely day on the square. :o)

After St. Sulpice, we hopped a metro over to another part of Paris. I think this is the 3rd or 4th arrondisement, but I can't remember ... (I know, I could look at my metro map, but I'm getting angst with how long a blog post this is becoming!
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Buildings at Metro Stop Mabillon - Paris, France ~ April, 2011
watercolors, pen & ink, in small moleskine sketchbook

We stopped for colas at a café across from the metro stop, Mabillon. I decided to draw the interesting Art Deco, (or could be Art Nouveau), building with the "Sisley" shop on the ground floor.

Here's me in the act of drawing the buidings at Mabillon ...
photo copyright Auke Nijholt. all rights reserved.
Judy drawing in Paris - April, 2011

My husband, Auke, always grimaces when I ask him to take a pic of me drawing... LOL! I usually whine and tell him; "Well, it's a heck of a lot easier than trying to photograph myself while I'm drawing!". And then he, usually, concedes defeat. ;o)

This trip, instead of going to a lot of museums, we decided we wanted to see as many different neighborhoods, or departments (arrondisements), as we could. We actually walked more than we used the Metro! We've seen most of the larger museums in Paris many times before, so this time we wanted to discover something else.

One day we strolled over to the Isle St. Louis, which is one of the small islands in the middle of the river Seine - right behind the island that the Notre Dame Cathedral is on.  It was, of course, really busy, though not quite as busy as I would imagine it gets in the summer months. It was another gorgeous day!

We stopped for tea & coffee and then stopped again for lunch  (ham, cheese and mushroom crepes) at a lovely little creperie on the Isle St. Louis. And I drew some more ... during both stops.
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
A Spot of Tea and La Creperie - Paris, France ~ April, 2011
watercolors, pen & ink, in small moleskine sketchbook

Uhmm, for whatever reason, every time we order tea and coffee, the waiters (no matter where in the world we are) always set the tea down in front of me! I am soooooo not a hot tea drinker. I love my coffee; Auke is the tea drinker in our family. I think I need a business card to set on the table that explains I am the coffee drinker ... in several languages! Ha!
Anyway, I must say that the tea sachet was very pretty, so I painted/drew it... lol. And crazy me decided it would be fun to try to draw the backwards letters on the creperie's front window... it's the little odd things that intrigue me.

On another day, we strolled through the Jardin de Tuilleries ... along with the rest of Paris! It was quite a busy day in the Tuilleries - the weather was gorgoeus, cool but sunny - didn't rain, though it looked sometimes like it was going to. Since the flowers & trees were blooming, I decided to stop and draw, while Auke wandered around taking photos.
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
An Urn and Flowers in the Jardin de Tuilleries - Paris, France ~ April, 2011
watercolors, pen & ink, in small moleskine sketchbook

I don't know what kind of tree it was, but it was very, very old and covered in pink blossoms (could be a cherry tree) which complimented the colors of the tulips and daffodils that had been planted underneath. The urn was just one of many in the the Tuilleries, you could spend a whole day just drawing the urns and sculptures there.

We also had delicious ice creams near the Louvre courtyard.
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
all rights reserved.
Ice Creams in the Tuilleries
Paris, France ~ April, 2011

 I had pistachio and Auke had mint chocolate chip.
It was lekker (tasty)!

And lastly, I've put together a photo mosaic of some pics around Paris in early April.
(click to enlarge)
all photos copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Out & About in Paris - April 2011

We took so many photos, walked so many streets (day & night), experienced Paris in a different way than before, I could tell more tales...but you'd start feeling like you were at your Aunt's & Uncle's suffering through the vacation slide show! lol

Tot volgende keer (til next time),


jody said...

You are so very talented! I am in love with your work!!!

Yorky said...

I love following you on your travels. Beautiful sketches.


J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thank you Jody :o)

Hey there Doug(Yorky)! Thanks so much too!You found me :o))


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