Pont Aven Brittany France Gauguin and others painted here

Lovely Pont-Aven France which is synonymous with Gauguin who lived and painted here despite the derision and hostility of the residents. Today’s residents are proud of the association and market his presence widely throughout the town. Gauguin particularly upset the locals by parading his Javanese mistress Anna who adorned herself with her pet monkey. ThisContinue reading “Pont Aven Brittany France Gauguin and others painted here”

French Travels, Springsteen, Cricket and Brief Encounters

I have started writing in this imposed isolation my new book about our travels in Normandy & Brittany. Coincidentally I was watching the English version of Antiques Roadshow recently and it produced a blast from my past as well as reminding me of people we have encountered in France, in this case Normandy, under theContinue reading “French Travels, Springsteen, Cricket and Brief Encounters”

A Poignant Pause for Thought in my French Travel Writing

My father was 15 on VE Day 1945 and because of his age he had not fought in World War 2. His father, my Grandfather, also was just too young to have fought in World War 1. However an uncle of my Grandfather died at the Somme and another uncle died in an army trainingContinue reading “A Poignant Pause for Thought in my French Travel Writing”

French Travels, Springsteen, Cricket & Brief Encounters

I have started writing in this imposed isolation my new book about our travels in Normandy & Brittany. Coincidentally I was watching the English version of Antiques Roadshow recently and it produced a blast from my past as well as reminding me of people we have encountered in France, in this case Normandy, under theContinue reading “French Travels, Springsteen, Cricket & Brief Encounters”

Pont Aven Brittany France Gauguin was it’s famous resident

Lovely Pont-Aven France which is synonymous with Gauguin who lived and painted here despite the derision and hostility of the residents. Today’s residents are proud of the association and market his presence widely throughout the town. Gauguin particularly upset the locals by parading his Javanese mistress Anna who adorned herself with her pet monkey. ThisContinue reading “Pont Aven Brittany France Gauguin was it’s famous resident”