A week ago we made a quick trip to meet a friend in Marseilles. The city is big and full of energy- it reminds me of NYC where I lived for 10 years. It’s the second or third largest city in France (depending on who you talk to) and has the largest port in France. The location on the Mediterranean is truly unique and astounding.
The first night we walked around and had dinner in a neighborhood called La Plaine. It’s high up on one of the seven hills of Marseilles, but our friend told us that La Plaine translates as “the valley”!?!
There are many bars, restaurants and shops and it’s considered to be the cool and trendy part of Marseilles. I was entranced by the storefront and building art-any available space is covered with artistic paintings. Here’s a few of my favorites!
My workshop at La Cascade is over and what a week we had! Even tho it was brutally hot, everyone was a real trooper and everyday was a joy. Treasures were found at the markets and in Albi and many beautiful pieces of jewelry, bowls, figures and books were made in our studio time together.
I had such a great time with you all. My thanks and love for your adventurous spirits and joy to Ray, Rae, Sara, Carla, Carolyn, Kathi, Sue and Camille. I hope our paths will cross many times!
Right after the workshop Dan and I took off for a short vacation which turned into automobile hell. We had a first great day in a small village east of Avignon. We attended a music festival and the Michel le Grand trio played. He is a legendary musician and composer who wrote songs such as Windmills of Your Mind, Summer of ’42 and the score and songs for Umbrellas of Cherboug. (One of my favorite films- see it!).
He is now 86 and tho quite frail as he walks, his playing is incomparable. The energy just pours out is fingers and soul. What an amazing night.
But starting the next day- car troubles. It was a real challenge to find mechanics in Avignon- a big city we don’t know well AND on the weekend AND in August (the month when most go on vacation) AND in some of the worst heat I have experienced. What should have been a relaxing vacation turned into a real test of remaining calm and positive.
Off to the next adventure.
It’s been a fun week at La Cascade with a lovely group here with Suzanne Jenne and I.
We painted and made jewelry all inspired by the beautiful landscapes and gardens of France.
One of the highlights of the week was a visit to Jardins des Martels– an amazing garden about an hour from us.
The Lotus blossoms are indescribable.