My treasure watercolors of my belle France !!!, Part 1

The Aquarelles or Watercolor is a water color on paper., so they tell me,,, In French, we distinguish watercolor, transparent, from gouache, of identical composition, but opaque. The binder that attaches the pigments to the support fibers is almost always gum arabic. Watercolor or gouache colors consist of pigments, a water-soluble binder and additives to aid in application and storage. Watercolors can only be exhibited in suitable conditions, low light and protected by glass. Which is how I keep them for many years already,

I have many so just took some of my favorites out to show in my blog, Hope you enjoy this wonderful aquarelles or watercolors shots of wonderful monuments of my belle France as I.

The Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres was founded to glorify Mary and faithful to its welcoming vocation, the cathedral opens its doors wide to visitors who come to discover or rediscover it, pray, attend celebrations, concerts, or simply stroll. The Cathedral is also a parish in the French department of Eure-et-Loir, no, 28 in the Centre-Val de Loire region. It was built in the early 13C, for the most part in thirty years, on the ruins of an earlier Romanesque cathedral, itself destroyed in a fire in 1194.

Chartres Cathedral Notre Dame

The Abbey Saint-Pierre of Moissac, a former 8C-15C abbey located in the town of Moissac, in the department of Tarn-et-Garonne no, 82 in the Occitanie region. The abbey, founded in the 8C, was attached in 1047 to the powerful Abbey of Cluny and became, in the 12C, the most eminent monastic center in southwestern France.

Moissac abbaye Saint-Pierre cloitre

The Romanesque Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paray-le-Monial,since 1875, It gives a complete image, although of reduced dimensions, of what was Cluny ,this jewel of Romanesque art is the best preserved model of Cluniac architecture in Burgundy. The church was built in the 12C by Hugues de Semur, the most important of the abbots of Cluny. Located in the department of Saône-et-Loire, no 71 in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.

Paray le Monial basilique Sacre Coeur

The royal castle of Amboise is a former residence of the kings of France overlooking the Loire river, in Amboise, in Indre-et-Loire dept 37 of the Centre Val de Loire region, Before being attached to the crown in 1434, the castle belonged, for more of four centuries, to the mighty house of Amboise. During the Renaissance, it served as the residence of several kings, notably Charles VIII, Louis XII and François I.

Amboise chateau up from the loire

The Mont-Saint-Michel is located in the department of Manche no, 50 in the Normandy region. It takes its name from the rocky islet dedicated to Saint Michael where the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel stands today. The architecture of Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay make it the most visited tourist site in Normandy and one of the ten most visited in France.

Mont Saint Michel

The Ploumanac’h lighthouse, or officially the Mean Ruz lighthouse, is a building constructed of pink granite, which indicates the entrance to the pass leading to the port of Ploumanac’h, in the town of Perros-Guirec in the Côtes d’Armor no 22, of the region of my lovely Bretagne. Ploumanac’h’s first lighthouse dates from 1860. Destroyed by Nazis troops on August 4, 1944, it was replaced by the current lighthouse in 1946.

Ploumanach phare de Mean Ruz Finistére

The Pont du Gard is a three-level bridge intended for the passage of a Roman aqueduct. It is located in Vers-Pont-du-Gard between Uzès and Remoulins, not far from Nîmes, in the department of Gard no 30 and the Occitanie region. Probably built in the first half of the 1C, it ensured the continuity of the Roman aqueduct which carried water from Uzès to Nîmes. According to the latest research, it would have ceased to be used at the beginning of the 6C. Highest known aqueduct bridge in the Roman world, A road bridge was attached to it in 1743-1747.

Vers Pont du Gard Pont du Gard bet Uzès and Remoulins

The fountain of the Place de la Grande-Fontaine, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes Maritimes no 06 of the region of Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur or PACA, It has been depicted by many painters and photographers. You can access the fountain by going up rue Grande after passing the Porte Royale. It was built in 1615 in the Provençal style. The water pours into the basin through 4 cannons.

Saint Paul de Vence place de la grande fontaine

The Notre-Dame Abbey of Sénanque a working Cistercian monastery located in the commune of Gordes, in the department of Vaucluse no 84 in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Founded in 1148, it became an abbey in 1150. Along with the Abbey of Silvacane and the Abbey of Le Thoronet, it is one of the “three Provençal sisters”, which testify to the great influence of the Cistercian order in Provence. Today the priory of Lérins Abbey, the monastery, located in the valley where the Sénancole flows, is still occupied by a community of 6 Cistercian monks from the Cistercian Congregation of the Immaculate Conception.

Sénanque Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque et lavande

The Sainte-Radegonde Church is located in Talmont-sur-Gironde, in the department of Charente-Maritime no, 17 and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Built on a cliff overlooking the Gironde estuary, this church is sometimes considered the archetype of the Saintonge Romanesque style. It was built from the 11C on the initiative of the Benedictines of the Abbey of Saint-Jean-d’Angély , which would have made the sanctuary a stopover on one of the Santiago de Compostela routes.

Talmont sur Gironde ch Sainte Radegonde rue de l'eglise across gironde

The Old Troyes, is surrounded by the Seine river, is made up of two districts: the Cité, an administrative, aristocratic and ecclesiastical town, and the Bourg, a commercial and bourgeois town. The oldest preserved sector in France, it is full of characteristic houses, with their half-timbered corbelled floors surmounted by pointed gables. In the wealthier residences, appears the Champagne apparatus, checkerboard of bricks and chalk rubble, the private mansions are, from the 16C onwards, built of stone. Shown is the Pl alexandre Israle to rue de mole.

Troyes Pl alexandre israle to rue de mole old town

There you go folks, now I have another nice personal touch to my blog, again. These have been kept for many years do not even remember exactly but goes back to early 2004-06, and they are still in good condition. Hope you enjoy the aquarelles as I, and thanks for stopping by as always.

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all !!!

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4 Comments to “My treasure watercolors of my belle France !!!, Part 1”

  1. I was hoping to pick out a favourite but I can’t! Maybe Amboise – or the Pont du Gard – or Notre Dame Abbey…. A lovely collection….

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