Posts tagged ‘paris’

June 16, 2019

13 Jun 2019 Paris

Talked to a lovely lady from Bend, Oregon this morning at breakfast. We seemed to have so much to chat about that the time just flew away.

Finally walked to Notre Dame, which is just down the road really. Les Bulles Hotel de Paris is really central. So sad to see Notre Dame being patched up the way it is.

Decided to catch an Open Tour bus so I could see more of Paris. One day for 34 euros, 38 euros for two days. The Blue Line takes you from Notre Dame, past Musee d’Orsay, Cleopatra’s Needle, down the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe, past time Trocadero and the Tour Eiffel, the Hotel des Invalides, through the Musee du Louvre and back to Notre Dame. It should take about 2 hours but that depends totally on the traffic at the time of riding.

I was in desperate need of a toilet when I got off so stopped at Le Saint Jacques cafe not far from Notre Dame. They had a lunch special for 12 euros – onion soup, beef stew and apple tart. Very good value.

After my belly was full and my bladder was empty I walked to the Pantheon and attempted to draw it! Not so easy with all the lines I was seeing in the building.

On to the Luxembourg Gardens to sit on the balcony overlooking the palace and this time I attempted to paint an urn with geraniums in it. Far more successful than the sketch of the Pantheon. It looked like rain so I went back to the hotel to recharge my phone.

Then I charged out and did the Blue Line again so I would get my money’s worth. Not worth it as I was so tired coming back I got a baguette for dinner.

May 25, 2019

I am going to France!

In about 2 weeks I am flying to Paris for a sketching/painting tour.  Seeing I haven’t done any sketching or painting since I was in high school it’s been a mad rush to practice.

Today I joined a class for learning the art of field sketching run by the Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre with Chris Rockley as the tutor. About a dozen people joined in and listened to Chris give a comprehensive outline on what we were trying to achieve in two hours. The class cost $20 and included a journal, paints, a water paintbrush, pencils, ruler, eraser, bird identification booklet and even a muesli bar as well as Chris’s expertise.

From the Underkeepers Quarters in Queen St, Altona we walked through the grounds of the Truganina explosives reserve keeping our eyes and ears open for native wildlife and fauna. Chris was good at pointing out sounds and sights that inexperienced people like ourselves might not notice. A deformed shoot on a she-oak, a butterfly flitting by, magpies in the trees above, scats on the ground that could indicate birds above. It pays to take your time and notice everything around you.

Most of us settled beside the bank of Skeleton Creek just outside the boundary of the explosives reserve. Usually it is abundant with bird life but today not so much. A few ducks, a white-faced heron, a Eurasian coot and a couple of others too far away to identify were all we could see.

I tried to paint the saltbush on the bank and then a duck that was too far away to see. Lucky we had a field guide with pictures! Using the water paintbrush was a different experience. It saves you having to carry a vessel for water but I used the water reserve up too fast. Filling it up is difficult.

Overall I found it a successful day. Being with like-minded people is usually an enjoyable experience and you usually learn from them as well as the tutor.

Each time I try to paint/sketch I hope I am getting better but it doesn’t really matter as long as I enjoy the experience!

July 2, 2012


Only a few days now and I will be on a plane to Paris! Can’t believe it is nearly here. So peeved I’ve had a cold for a couple of weeks. Really put a dent in my training routine. At least I have a voice now.

Stay tuned for stories from France!