Savoillan is a remote mountain village situated in the south-east of France about 30 miles north east of Avignon, and 350 miles south east from Paris. We stopped here out of curiosity; from the D40 we saw a small village situated on the hillside to our left, with a bridge and road not much wider than a driveway, leading to the village. The buildings were all made of beautiful blonde stone. There's a church and a café in the village, but not much else. The two houses were bedecked with flowers couldn't have been more picturesque.
You know what they say about “the light” in Venice… Well, I can confirm; the light is magnificent!
We took the night train on New Year's Eve 2016 from Vienna to Venice. Not quite as romantic as it sounds; 14 hours in a cramped, cold compartment with the luggage taking up 95% of the floor space. Myles had the upper berth. The tunnels on the highspeed rail track played havoc with my ears. We woke to tepid coffee and packaged pastries, but it was a blast. And the best part of the ride? Our train traveled on a bridge from the mainland to the Venice island and at sunrise the mist on the water was pink.
The Westin Europa & Regina was as gorgeous as I'd hoped.
Every morning we got up just before sunrise to explore. Myles schlepped my camera backpack and I had free reign to capture some very beautiful shots. This canal is one of them.
Jourcas is a small hilltop village in southeastern France located between two of the most beautiful villages in France, Gordes and Roussillon. Myles and I stayed a few miles away in the even smaller village of Gargas. The kitchen had everything I needed, the living room was spacious, and the master bedroom was huge! The walls were nearly two-feet thick and kept out the summer heat. I made jam from the neighbor's wonderfully prolific fig tree. No screens on the windows, so the bugs were a problem, but other than that, our little cottage was just perfect.
I just love this street in Joucas, with its cobblestones and beautifully colored buildings. We just happened upon it when we were exploring, but if you Google the village, you can see that this street has caught the eye of many a tourist! But don't go there on Sunday evenings. Everything is shuttered!
Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village - Sedona, Arizona
A framed Original Watercolor on Arches Cold Press
Myles and I spent a few nights...
Myles and I spent a few nights in Sedona ages ago. While there, we found this wonderful shopping area called Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village which is nestled beneath enormous sycamore trees on the banks of a beautiful creek in Sedona proper. There are loads of eateries, jewelry stores, art galleries, including a hand-blown glass shop and other specialty and clothing shops. It is fashioned after a traditional Mexican village, and the name Tlaquepaque, means the "best of everything."
We found this charming patio as we strolled around the village. There are so many archways and picturesque nooks and crannies – I really should go back there to see what other shots I can find to paint!
Our fourth port-of-call in Europe was just west of Giverny, France. We selected this location because we wanted to be close to Monet's Garden and our visit there was not disappointing. The flowers were in bloom, and I fell in love with these unusual peonies. The flowers are so big that the stems cannot withstand the weight, so the flowers just hang, gracefully.