Thursday, July 10, 2008

Alsace in full bloom

Illustrations by "Hansi" - an artist of the Alsace Region of France.
Please excuse my lack of posting. Internet access was not available at my dismay. We just spent the last few days visiting "Alsace" and stayed in a quaint village in the L'Andlou region not far from Strasbourg. Flowers were in bloom and filled every window box and lined every bridge. We even saw one box with a note that was pardoning the lack of blossoms. These people take great pride in their flowers. It was my first time visiting this area of France and we left wanting more. The vineyards, the countryside were all breathtaking. I kept remembering my Grandmother and how she would have loved this area. Tidy villages and everyone toiling at there calling. Statues along with crosses were at the entrance of each village. Faith and a grateful quality is necessary when you live in the place so lovely. One artist that I was not familiar with is "Hansi." I will post more about this artist who illustrated life in Alsace.
If you have not visited this region, I highly suggest that you take a trip. The people, the food and the wines were so pleasant.

8 comments:

annechovie said...

Sounds like a beautiful and charming place, Patricia. Can't wait to see your photos when yo return!

pve design said...

Anne-
you would love it, all the colors and things to paint - all overwhelming - in a good way~
best!
Patricia

Cote de Texas said...

I agree with Anne - can't wait for your photos - taken with you artistic eye, I am expecting greatness!!! haha

Easy and Elegant Life said...

What a treat!

I have to admit to being overly fond of window boxes filled with red geraniums -- probably a left over from our time in Europe. It would be nice to see them here in the city. As for town squares, entrances into the village and statues ... post a picture or two for we armchair travelers one day!

London Calling said...

Sounds fabulous. Looking forward to seeing more of your European tour.

Kwana said...

It sounds beautiful. Like the others I can't wait to see your photos when you return.

Be the change..... said...

the food is the best part of course :-) I love these drawings - so whimsical and charming with vivid colors!

ParisBreakfasts said...

Thanks for reminding me of my visit here! I loved Hansi's work and this little museum.. I really should revisit - it must be 10 years...