Saturday, July 31, 2010

A Day in Toulouse, France

Hi There, I am Shirley Monestier, artist, and this is my first blog!!!!
Yesterday, my hubby, Jean-Marie and I took a short trip to Toulouse, (the rose city - named that because the city construction is entirely red, rose brick)! Whenver I travel, on my "to do list" are art museums and find a great restaurant.
We visited the Le Chateau d'Eau Museum of Photography (the oldest photography museum in Europe). Viviane Sassen's Flamboya exposition was just wonderful. The photographs in the exposition were compositions of African men and women posed in shadows. Her photographs were taken in Zambia,Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana. If in Toulouse, this is a must see exposition. Vivian Sassen currently lives in Amsterdam, Holland.
Les Abbattoirs Museum of Modern Art is a renovated, red brick building that was once a slaughter house. It has many smaller out buildings that surrounds a beautiful court yard. There were many wonderful expositions there. The exposition that impressed me the most was the permanent expositition of David Sylvestere's brilliant photographs of Ethiopian men and women body paintings. Wow, what designs.
We had a great meal at Le Colombier their speciality is Cassoulet au Confit d'oie (beans with goose and toulouse sausage) and the wine with dinner was Madiran 2007. Bon Appetit!!


  1. Hi Shirley,Congratulations on starting your blog! I was in Toulouse many years ago and had Cassoulet. MMMMMmmm! What a good memory. Thank-you for your comment on my blog. I share your love of color. You have some beautiful pieces. I especially like your abstracts with the blues and warm browns and oranges. Happy Blogging!

  2. Hi Shirley! Soooo good to talk to you! Can't wait to see you and catch up! XOXOXOX