France vacation + French journalist visit to Asheville

 Journalists from France were fascinated by the murals in the River Arts District!

Journalists from France were fascinated by the murals in the River Arts District!

I had a flash back to 2003 recently…in the Fall of ‘03 my family had a marvelous vacation to France.  My Mom had just retired from 30 years of teaching and we wanted to give her a special trip – and of course we had to go with her!  Mom got her masters in education, and for her under-grad she minored in French. Our trip was in September, and both Mom and our son Ian celebrated their birthdays while we were in France. (we accidentally bought trick candles that didn’t blow out for their cake!!)

Part of our vacation was spent in the small city of Uzes, in southern France – not too far from Avignon.  At some point in the week we learned of a nearby ‘pottery town’ and off we went to discover that area.  My husband Mark is all about exploring and driving to see new places and we always go off the beaten path!

We ended up in St. Quentin la Poterie – and I soon learned what a wonderful destination this was for ceramics.  I was just thrilled to walk around the small town and see studio after studio of functional pottery.  I made a few purchases including 4 small dessert dishes that I love.

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of sharing a bit of the Asheville art scene to 4 visiting journalists from France (thankfully they spoke some English and had an interpreter with them!). We saw several studios, gallery spaces, some of the River Arts District and they seemed to really enjoy their visit!

Now that I’m in the business of offering art tours, I think back to this trip in ’03 and wish we’d had a guide so we really would have seen the best of the area – and not missed anything amazing.  That’s what I want to offer to you ;)  – if you want to explore the arts of Western NC…you know where to find me!