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Edel Rodriguez
Trip to France / sketchbook
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"Le Calabash", Petit Conservatoire de la Cuisine

Last month I spent a couple of weeks in France.   We were there for my wife's birthday.  She's gotten more and more interested in cooking over the years and thought it would be fun to take a cooking class in France.  She did some research and found a small cooking school called Le Calabash in the Loire Valley, Southwest of Paris. 

Le Calabash is owned and operated by Sidney and Alison Bond, a wonderful couple that we got to know throughout our week there.   I can't say enough about how terrific they were with us.  They showed us the countryside, the local farms, and took us around to the local markets and chateaus.  We had some wonderful late night conversations as we dined on all the great food that was cooked throughout the day.  We can't wait to go back again.
field near Yzeures-sur-Creuse

While my wife took cooking classes during the day, I went around and did some painting and drawing.   After a week of cooking, we spent a second week in Paris.   Here are a few pages from my sketchbook and some small gouache paintings on paper.
Le Calabash
field near Yzeures-sur-Creuse

Le Calabash

field behind culinary school

Chateau Chenonceau

Cycling fans at a race, La Roche Posay
Angles sur L'Anglin

Chateau Chambord

Seine River, Paris
Cheese makers at market

Preuilly-sur-Claise

French policeman

Orchard tree, Le Calabash

Yzeures-sur-Creuse

Le Calabash
Seine River

Notre Dame
lunch in Loches
Tours

lunch in Chambord

watching Tour de France qualifying race, La Roche Posay

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