I just got back from a trip to revisit my old haunts in the south of France. I stayed with my good friend Uli who's living in Nice while working on various projects. He has a great pad above the port-here's the view from the balcony.
We toured around the Riviera sketching along the way. Here are two views of the great walled village St Paul de Vence.
I spent a day in Cannes-outside the high season & the film festival it's quite a quiet, relaxing town.
The Palais des Festivals and the Old Town from the Croisette
A blustery day in St. Tropez
I showed Uli as many of the places that I'd discovered while living in the south as possible. At St.Paul de Vence we visited the Miro exhibition at the Fondation Maeght. In Provence we hot-footed around the citadelle of Les Baux before a whistle-stop tour of the Luberon taking in Gordes, Roussillon & Bonnieux. Off the Vallee du Var we stopped at Gilette, Roquesteron, Sigale, LaPenne and Entrevaux.
Uli only draws at 'magic hour' when the rays of the setting sun flood his apartment, glancing off his spectacles & burning wonderful drawings onto the paper.
In normal daylight he just doesn't know what to do!