Also found this AMAZING print at the flea market… I wonder why I like this one? Definitely speaks to my fascination with pattern. In fact, I’m playing with the idea of turning this into a print, keep an eye open.
Found some postcards in the flea market in Paris! They range from 1919 to 1931 (at least I think so. I could be reading the dates wrong, I know the order of day/month/year are a little different in Europe). Unfortunately, the Eiffel Tower card wasn’t mailed, therefore there is no postmark with a date. I couldn’t find one with writing that had been mailed, usually I would have just passed it up but I really wanted one with the Tower.
I think my favorite is the little solider with the flowers. I like his mustache.
Today I woke up with so much energy! My roommate and I were the first ones to the cafeteria and got to eat breakfast with Christa Cloutier, who’s lecture we had attended the evening before. What a way to start the day!
After this lovely breakfast my class headed to Lauris, a small city that is home to the Jardin Conservatoire de Plantes Tinetoriales, basically a large garden of plants which produce natural dye. It was very, very, very, hot and we learned some interesting facts and history about the garden.
On another note, I finally broke out the natural pigments that I bought at the Ocher mine last week. THEY ARE AMAZING, they are so creamy and fun to paint with. They hardly feel like watercolor and produce bright vibrant colors that mirror the surrounding landscape.
I’ve been having the most incredible week! We visited the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, a city
small city that is home to a natural spring that feeds the River Sorgue. The spring is literally a cave in the towering cliffs that surround the town. Professor Smith said that divers when down into this cave, which is basically a vertical decention, and found a vortex of swirling coins dating as far back as the Roman era. I wish I had photos to show you but unfortunately my phone (which is acting as my “snapshot” camera) was out of charge. The river was crystal clear and appeared to be a bright green and aqua blue, it was really beautiful.
Yesterday we went to Nîme and Pont De Gard. Nîem was lovely city that is home to numerous Roman structures that are still in remarkably good shape. We got to see the Amphitheater and a Roman temple. Then off to Pont du Gard!
The Pont du Gard is an ancient Roman aquaduct that is absolutely HUGE! We toured the museum and then witnessed the structure itself. We swam in the river that flows under the structure and sunbathed on the smooth rocks that surround the banks! I was even convinced to jump off a large rock into the river, which was probably a story up!
Welcome to Lacoste, France! I can only describe my experience thus far as outstanding. Though our accommodations are a bit rustic and the town (or rather, village) is remote, it is one of the most inspiring places I’ve set foot. The village is perched atop of a mountain overlooking a valley. On the opposite mound is the town of Bonnieux, which I understand to be the historically Catholic counterpart to the Protestant village of Lacoste. The valley below is a patchwork of lilac fields, vineyards and cherry orchards. The mountains roll away in waves of dusky purples, fading into the bright blue sky. The whole region seems to emit the faint scent of lilac and sage, the color palette follows suit, with the addition of rusty terracotta and pale limestone.
Tonight the moon is full, and hangs over the valley as if it were made specifically for the purpose of illuminating the landscape. The lights of Bonnieux, and the distant town of Apt flicker in the distance. They shine like tiny candles, dotting the landscape with yellows and oranges.
Though the Luberon is stunning at any time of day, tonight it feels especially enchanting. I am so fortunate be here, in this magnificent place at the end of the world. The air seems cleaner, and I am free of the distractions of television and the constant buzzing vehicles. I feel calm and connected. Though I am still working on my studies, this feels nothing like the college experience I left in Savannah. It is something entirely different. It feels less like final chapter and more like the beginning of a new one.
Found these in an antique shop in NC. I have the same tin (or at least very similar tin) at home! I love the bright pattern, very ’70s!
Antique store in NC, how authentic!
Duke Gardens, Durham, NC.
Duke Gardens, Durham, NC.