Hotel barge vacations can be enhanced with many themes. If you love art why not consider painting in ‘plein air’ on a barge vacation in Languedoc?
The south of France has long attracted artists to paint, sketch and do their best to depict the beauty of its scenery and replicate the intensity of its light. If you have an interest in art and have a desire to follow in the footsteps of many famous painters such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and more recently, Simon Fletcher, then an art themed hotel barge getaway could be perfect for you. With the opportunity to put pen to paper at every corner, hotel barge holidays with a focus on art have been designed to suit artists of all abilities. This is what you can look forward to drawing or painting.
Linda Matthews is one of many well-known contemporary painters who was attracted to the magical landscapes and sparkling waters of Etang. This saltwater lagoon is separated from the Mediterranean by a narrow strip of sand which in itself is a stunning beach, and an ideal place to sit and get out of the watercolor or oil.
The medieval town of Béziers is a stunning place you will enjoy if you enjoy a hotel barge holiday in the region. Notable views of the city range from the west side of the river, to the impressive cathedral that stands tall and proud on a hill in the city center. Beneath it, the roof spreads to where the old walls once protected the city. At first glance it is a delightful scene of old market town charm but there’s a lot more to Béziers than it first meets the eye. It is an extraordinary city in so many ways, full of history and character, with four bridges over the Orb River, including the famous Bridge of Water where a canal has been built.
Narbonne is a beautiful Roman city where painting opportunities abound. Over the years, artists have flocked to Narbonne to paint the stunning golden beaches, the surrounding fishing village and picturesque canals. Les Halles, the iron and wrought glass market is open daily and is a hotbed of constant activity. It’s also a great place to sit back and capture some local life on paper.
The historic city of Pezenas, now a protected monument, is one of Languedoc’s most attractive cities. One of the most picturesque parts of the city is right in the center, where its beautifully preserved winding streets are dotted with artists showing off their skills, as well as antique shops and artisan boutiques. The heart of this charming historic city has a definite world of art and is ideal for budding artists looking to capture some of its allure.
Other highlights of this art-focused hotel barge holiday include a visit to the local olive press and time spent in the magical city of Carcassonne, a charming hilltop settlement surrounded by walls and bridges, and dotted with towers and cobbled streets. This place that many believe was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, is one not to be missed. Achille LaugéScience Articles, the famous painter who lived nearby, was one of the many people preoccupied with this beautiful city.
If you love the idea of painting in ‘Plein air’ then this hotel barge holiday could be exactly what you are looking for. …