31. 05. 10 Monday Chris and Chris flew into Montpellier from Toronto Friday after lunch. We picked up the car and headed into Clermont. First stop Les Negociants after dumping bags chez moi. Saturday morning took in my old scooter to Sports Bike and then wandered around Pezenas market and town. Dinner at Le Terminus where we ran in to Gisèle and Jonathan. Sunday drove into Sete for sardines and enroute stopped at the flea market at Marseillan. On the way back drove out to Liausson to photograph site of the painting that Chris bought for Chris last Christmas. Back for stuffed chicken dinner chez moi. Today drove up the Gorges de l’Hérault and St Guilhem with lunch at the Pont du Diable. In the afternoon C&C explored Clermont and then we ate at Le Venizia. Managed to get in three visits to Les Negociants today!!!
Archive for May, 2010
Tuesday 25. 05. 10 Drove Jason back to the airport this morning – hair raising drive with bouchons at Gignac and Montpellier but we finally arrived safe and sound. Sunday we went to Pezenas early in the morning to take advantage of the morning light and the empty streets. Jason shot over a hundred pictures. We then had a delicious lunch chez Gisèle and Jonathan together with David and Monique. Monday we did the short walk at the Cirque de Moureze in the morning and then visited St Guilhem in the afternoon with dinner at Le Terminus in Clermont in the evening. After his visit I think that Jason now knows why I live here.
Sunday 23. 05. 10 Yesterday went to the market in Gignac and then Claire and Gérard came over for lunch. After lunch we loaded Claire’s wardrobe onto the top of Gérard’s Lada for transportation back to Montpellier and then took off on a local tour for Jason to photograph poppies and vineyards.
Friday 21. 05. 10 Since we got back from the UK we have been zooming around the neighbourhood on the scooters. We were at the Pic St Loup on Wednesday, Sete and Marseillan yesterday. Today we were lucky enough to borrow Laurene and George’s Clio so drove over to the Pays Cathare and went to Carcassonne and Peyrepertuse for the day. It was hot and sunny and no wind. Carcassonne was not too crowded and seemed less touristy than previous visits. We were lucky enough to hear a choir of 5 men singing in the church. Amazing ecoustics. The castle at Peyrepertuse was its usual wild and remote self.
Tuesday 18. 05. 10 Got back safely at noon today on time despite the volcanic cloud. Saw the Magnificent Maps exhibition at the British Library, climbed the Monument and took a tour of Tower Bridge. The Monument has 311 steps up this narrow circular stairway and has some interesting views of the city from the top. The height is based on the distance from the source of the Great Fire of London in Pudding Lane to the site of the monument itself. After tower bridge we also wandered around Butler’s Wharf and even went to the Design Museum. Monday morning shot some reference photos for my proposed series of monoprints of London stations (very convenient having Jason here shooting all this stuff!). Afterwards we went on a London walking tour around Mayfair – surprisingly good and not at all touristy. After pub lunch caught Greenline back to Luton. Stayed at the Days Inn, bland but functional. Tried to find somewhere to eat in Luton but not successful. The town centre is quite run-down and depressed with many places closed or for rent. Had to return to hotel for dinner. Up early this morning to get the 8.15 to Beziers. Drove home on the scooter via Decathlon where Jason found some ballet slippers for Poppy.
Thursday 13. 05. 10 Monday, had a great meeting with Kevin who thinks that he can find me a gallery in Nîmes or Montpellier for a show in July 2011. He is also interested in a series of monoprints on London train stations which I had already started. This is all very positive and exciting.
Friday 07. 05. 10 George found this place on the internet so today Laurene, George and I drove over towards Narbonne to visit. It is a gallery/collection put together by Piet Moget a Dutch painter who settled in this part of the world. The gallery is a huge barn-like structure originally used for wine making (there are even a couple of smaller galleries actually set in the wine vats). The space is vast, light and very airy and is run by his daughter who was there showing a bus load of students around the gallery. The collection is quite eclectic with drawings and paintings by many painters who I have never heard of but all are interesting. There are even a few sculptures.
Wednesday 05. 05. 10 Have been fiddling around with these two paintings for a couple of weeks but I think they are now finished. Today started on a couple of monoprints, one of leeks and the other of grapefruits and if they go well they may be the beginning of yet another series. I am printing them in black ink and then adding colour with coloured pencil. Winter came back yesterday with a vengeance with winds and heavy rain. I drove through the storm to Pezenas where I helped David and Monique hang David’s paintings at the Caves des vins de Molière. He has a show there through to the end of June.