Journey to Southern France 2010 – Part 7

Wolfgang Krisai: Aparthé - Salon du thé, Pèzenas.

Aparthé: tea room and secondhand bookshop, Pèzenas.

On July 26 we move on to the Sea. On our way to Béziers we stop at Pézenas where Molière once stayed for some time as a member of a theatre-group, sponsored by a local count who dropped the theatre after a religious conversion. Molière had to move on. Nevertheless Pézenas now keeps the memory of Molière an offers an interesting multimedia-show about him. After the show we walk through the old city and find a lovely “Salon du thé”, a teahouse combined with a secondhand bookshop.

Our breakfast: Pussian Early Grey Tea and mulberry jam.

Our breakfast: Pussian Early Grey Tea and mulberry jam.

Near Béziers we put up our tent on an campsite near the beach. In the morning we drink a pot of deliciouse “Russion Early Grey” tea we bought in the supermarket, along with mulberry jam.

Raoul Dufy: Atelier at Perginan, 1943. Paul Valéry Museum, Sète.

Raoul Dufy: Atelier at Perginan, 1943. Paul Valéry Museum, Sète.

Raoul Dufy: The Big Orchestra, 1946. Foto of Raoul Dufy. Paul Valéry Museum, Sète.

Raoul Dufy: The Big Orchestra, 1946. Foto of Raoul Dufy. Paul Valéry Museum, Sète.

Paul Valéry: Selfportrait. Valéry's writing utensils. Paul Valéry Museum, Sète.

Paul Valéry: Selfportrait. Valéry’s writing utensils. Paul Valéry Museum, Sète.

Paintings by Roger Raissac, Toussaint Roussy and Albert Marquet at the Paul Valéry Museum, Sète.

Paintings by Roger Raissac, Toussaint Roussy and Albert Marquet at the Paul Valéry Museum, Sète.

At Sète we visit the Paul Valéry museum. It shows not only devotionals of the writer Paul Valéry (who is buried at the cemetery nearby), but also a good permanent exhibition of paintings and a special exhibition about Raoul Dufy.

Fishing-boats at Séte.

Fishing-boats at Séte.

After a picknick we go to the “Canal” at the city centre. I draw the fishing-boats the are moored there in the harbour. I am almost ready with my drawing when a big boat closes the gap in front of me. One of the fishermen wants to see my drawing and is enthusiastic about it.

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