Gent

June 10th, 2013

Spent a couple of days in Gent following a wonderful wedding in Holland. Still beautiful sunshine. ( In sharp contrast to my last visit 4 years ago when it poured down with rain – see ‘Belgium’) Stopped off for a morning coffee at friendly and relaxed cafe OR. Magazines and papers to hand however my flemish isn’t too good so I stuck to sketching. The front of the cafe has large open windows with benches outside to sit. Sketched the view on the street with people sitting out on the pavement drinking coffee and passing traffic. Headed down through the shopping area to St Nicholas church, one of the oldest churches in the city. A new development has been built nearby including a modern wooden Market Hall. Very striking.
Good to have a rest in the heat at the green meeting area. Whilst I was sketching a little girl (about 3 years old) came upto me and gave me a red paper heart So sweet! Then later a student came over and offered me a strawberry to have a look at my drawing. Very friendly!

Ventured to the Keyserlei along with most other tourists Looked towards the Graslei Wonderful medieval Flemish facades.

I was spotted by Aki. A fellow sketcher from Japan. He came over to greet me and have a look at my drawings. He took a couple of photos so I did the same. This my favourite drawing in his sketch book. Time flew, sitting outside by the river  people watching whilst sipping Belgium beer. A great trip!

Bath and Bristol

June 10th, 2013

Drove up to Bristol and stopped off in Bath. Glorious weather! It wasn’t as busy as it had been when I last visited which was a pleasant surprise. Saw the Roman baths and wandered around the city. Stopping off to get pastries and walked to the famous Royal Crescent. Time for a break at the park. Lots of students hanging out post exams. Volleyball, frisbee and even a group singing along to a guy strumming his guitar. Very tuneful! Could have stayed here all afternoon but time to head to Bristol.

Had a few hours to spend in the city. I had never visited previously and wanted to make the most of my time here. Walked around the harbour area.  The wind really picked up and struggled to hold the paper down to draw the boats and warehouses. St Mary Redcliffe church and The Redcliffe parade of pretty houses caught my eye.

Headed to the shopping area and then to University Park passing Banksys ‘Well Hung Lover’. Walked up Park Street to Brandon Hill. Sat beneath Cabot tower, an ideal spot for taking the weight off my feet and looking at the beautiful Georgian houses on the hill and across the Bristol skyline.

Then headed  home hoping to beat rush hour (without success) Hope to return soon.