Saturday, January 1, 2011

Collioure, France

My dear Beatriz sent me this lovely card from her recent trip to Collioure in France and arrived just before New Year's Day!

For some reason, many coastal towns remind me of each other...this one reminds me of Budva...and the old town...except that around the old town in Budva, you cant possibly see so many roofs...
As for Collioure, it lies on the Mediterranean, in the south of France. A small and beautiful village where the poet Antonio Machado died. He fled here to escape advancing Francoist troops at the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939.
Famous people like André Derain, Georges Braque, Othon Friesz, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Tsuguharu Fujita have all been inspired by Collioure's royal castle, medieval streets, its lighthouse converted into the church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges and its typical Mediterranean bay.

I like such artistic places, with that kind of a cultural note....they seem to have a special charm in the air...

a French definitive issued in 2009, from the Marianne and Europe series (which replaced Marianne of the French series). Marianne is an allegory for the French Republic, and on the definitives she is wearing a Phrygian cap and is presented in profile, looking to the left. The stars around her head represent the flag of Europe.

Muchas gracias querida!!! Abrazos!!!

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