Having only been in the south of France once, traveling from Lyon to Avignon via riverboat, I consider myself an expert regarding nothing in the region. I do consider myself an expert, however, in what I like. Make no mistake about it – I like the south of France.
My wife and I were fortunate enough to visit in December of 2006, which is not precisely the time when the countryside is in full bloom. Nor is it the time of year that most people find southern France to be the most endearing.
Nonetheless, the south of France invoked affection in me. The startling beauty of the countryside and landscape were in winter retreat, yet enough bursts of beauty remained for me to imagine what great sites the the onset of warm spring sunshine would bring to the region.
Just yesterday I stumbled upon a website that belongs to a very fortunate man. Julian Merrow-Smith is a British painter who now lives in Provence in the South of France. In February 2005 Julian started Postcard from Provence. Julian now undertakes a painting a day, all inspired by the beautiful surroundings of southern France. His project has received international acclaim, and has been featured in The London Times, The New York Times, USA Today and The Sunday Telegraph.
If you find the time, and think you would enjoy the beautiful work of a very talented painter, take a visit over to Julian’s website and see for yourself that to which I refer.