Nantes Sketchbook

As I mentioned, my lessons were cancelled on Friday & I decided to go for a day out. It’s surprisingly hard to travel during my stay sometimes, since my work hours are spread across the week (for example, one hour on Monday 5-6pm, whose idea was that??), and on Saturdays I go to my lovely salsa class. But I have been trying to fit it more little mini-trips at weekends, having now sneaked off to forage around in Bordeaux a couple of times, Lille & Cambrai, and I have to say that Nantes is beautiful and I’m sure I will go back!

Nantes Sketchbook

It was a trip just for me and my sketchbook & I tried to get a sense of the city in the afternoon that I was there. I started by doing some doodles on the train… and I just love the results. These little objects are the things I’m really best at drawing – I’m not pretending to be a landscape artist really.

Nantes Sketchbook

The pages are actually not quite finished – how scandalous to blog about unfinished sketchbook pages, haha! I want to add photographs throughout the sketchbook once I have some printed… but couldn’t resist sharing the doodles first. This is another ‘en plein air‘ experiment. Quick sketches in French are called ‘croquis’  – don’t you think that has a nice ring to it?

Nantes Sketchbook
More of my favourite things about Nantes included this incredible Jules Verne-inspired mechanical animals exhibition (with 12m high elephant which I’m determined to go back & ride on!), quirky shops including amazing chocolate shops, vintage shops, the crêperies & Brittany feel of old half-timbered buildings and cobbled streets, the château & its walk around the remparts,  & quirky cafés on every street.
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Oh, and one last thing… I needed an early dinner as my train was at 7.30pm, so instead I had a very late lunch menu at this sweet little bookshop-cafe called the “mille-feuille”. A little glass of red wine, chicken lasagne & rhubard tart and old jazz records playing… perfect end to a lovely day.

  Nantes Day Out Feb '12
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