Thursday, 19 May 2011

Sketchbook in France...

Recently, we spent 10 days in France.   I took hundreds of photos and will gradually post some of them here.  In the meantime, here is a peek into my husband's sketchbook.   (The poor man drove nearly 2,000 miles on this trip.)  Luckily he loves France, and likes to draw medieval buildings...

The first sketch is the gatehouse of the medieval ville bastide (fortified town) of Larressingle in the area of France know as the Gers.  It lies in the south.   The day we visited, swifts were screaming overhead and they have got into my husband's picture...



The second sketch was drawn in the Loire Valley, in the town of Beaugency.  This little church, the church of St Etienne, was closed because of an exhibition.  Luckily we got a peek inside and could see the barrel vaulted roof.  It has clean, simple lines - very eleventh century.


And finally here is his sketch of the later Chapel of Thibault, close to our hotel.


I shall try and write more about France later...am busy with the next novel at the moment!

2 comments:

kate tremayne said...

Sounds like a great research holiday. Love the sketches especially the one of Thibault. Is the new novel set in France or another Byzantine one?

Carol Townend said...

Hi Kate,
The current WIP is another Byzantine novel - the final one in this particular trilogy. But I have lots of other ideas and as you have guessed, France may well feature...