Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Back to Medieval Times! (kind of...)

We heard about the Medieval Festival whilst exploring the historic town of Josselin for the first time, and although we had a good look at their website to know roughly what would be happening at the event, we weren't too sure what to expect (I think I'm too used to events promising to be amazing and in the end being a bit disappointed)! But, this one was great!

The weather was lovely, there was so much to see and do from 10am to 7pm and we loved the way that the whole town had been transformed to feel more medieval. We were surprised at the amount of people that dressed up for the occasion too! We told ourselves that if we're going back next year, we should go dressed up too. I can see myself as some kind of Joan of Arc. I mean, my name is Chevalier (Knight in English) so it would fit me well, right?!







How can you not like this town?! The atmosphere was so good and the people were lovely. There were loads of artisanal stalls and all the cafés and restaurants were open, offering local food and beer. What more could you ask for? We could see how hard the people organising this event worked and it felt good to be a part of it.



We went back to the castle as the garden was opened to visitors for the occasion and it felt almost like we were discovering it all over again because this time it was super sunny! I mean, the view wasn't the same at all a couple of weeks back (see the previous post here). I miss North Wales but I have to say, we're definitely lucky to live in this beautiful part of France :)

We packed a picnic for lunch (trying to save some money), and we found this little peaceful island in the middle of a river, not far from where we parked to enjoy it. A few other families had the same idea as us and it was great to enjoy our food somewhere else than in the busy town centre with all the festivities.








We quickly realised that they were a bit loose with the term 'medieval' as they had many different performances and shows that were more on the fantasy side. There were orcs, weird viking people and we even saw a vampire circa Brad Pitt in "Interview with a Vampire" haha. However, it was great fun and in the end it didn't even shock us.

The highlights were definitely the groups dancing around town and the bird of prey show. Everybody sat down so that the birds could swoop just above our heads and it felt very special. I tried taking photos but it's never easy with birds! Also, there was always some music around which put us in a good mood.



Being the 14th of July (French national day, or Bastille Day as a lot of people call it), they planned some fireworks at 11pm so we stayed up until the end so that we didn't miss it! It was a really good display to be honest and they had some music in the background to go along with the different themes so even though I was a bit cold, it was really nice!

I'm now getting ready for my long weekend to celebrate my birthday and I'm super excited to spend it with Jason for a couple of days first, and then my parents for the rest of the weekend :)


Thursday, 12 July 2018

New Account on Instagram!



Guys! I recently opened a new Instagram account for all my design work instead of mixing it all with my photos on my personal account so if you fancy following it, here's the link RIGHT HERE!

It's now been 2 years that I'm a full-time freelancer and I felt that it was time for me to properly separate my personal photos and my design work. It started to feel quite frustrating mixing them purely because I always felt that my grid wasn't looking right and it was very restrictive in the end. Now I feel totally free to post whatever I want to share without having to worry about the fact that it might clash with the photo next to it :)

Plus, I want people and potential clients out there to really see me as a professional designer that knows what she's doing! My aim is to show a good range of work that really represents my style and the type of work I enjoy creating. This way, if people want to reach out for a collaboration, they'll already have a good idea of what I do and if I'm a good fit for their project.

Anyway, I know I haven't shared much so far but it already feels right to me and every time I open my profile, I'm proud to see all these little snippets and it really is my happy place :)





Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Site Abbatiale de Saint-Maurice

Hey guys! It's been a while again, I know! We're quite busy at the moment with work, paperwork, planning a bit of time off, and trying to stay sane and sleep enough at the same time. I bet you know what it's like ;) I've had these photos ready for more than a week and didn't get around to posting them until now. So here they are!

We've had amazing weather lately and although it's quite hot, we definitely prefer to walk around and explore rather than staying inside. I actually find it hard to work with the heat purely because I feel I should be outside enjoying it! Also, I have to be honest and say that trying to do some sketches or work with my graphics tablet with sweaty hands is kind of horrible...

One Saturday, we drove along the West coast of Bretagne and stopped at the Site Abbatiale de Saint-Maurice. It's almost in the middle of nowhere and we loved how quiet and peaceful it was. Entry is really not expensive and there's a long walk to do all around the lake if you plan on staying the whole day there. We loved it!










A good part of it was restored but there were still quite a lot of ruins, which is a shame, but it does make the scenery that little bit more picturesque. We had an audio guide with us (it's part of the entry price), which I admit can be a bit annoying at times as you don't want to be going around with it, but it did come in useful to learn more about the place.






We always take our time when going around places like this, which is very relaxing. I feel like there's so much going on in our lives that on days like that, when I don't even think about what time of day it is or about my (very long) to-do list, I can properly let go and be in the moment. It's something I always forget to do and that's why it's sacred for me to never work during weekends as I definitely need that time to breathe.





At the end of the afternoon, we walked along the lake and loved what we were seeing. The photos don't do it justice because you can't quite understand the scale of it, but trust me, I didn't feel like I was in Bretagne anymore! Maybe it's because it was really hot, but I almost felt like I was back in Deià, Mallorca ;)

This weekend we're going to the Medieval festival in Josselin, and the week after we're off for a couple of days for my birthday! Soooo looking forward to it. Hopefully I'll take plenty of photos to share with you!




Friday, 29 June 2018

Historic Josselin and its Castle

Earlier this month we decided to visit the historic town of Josselin as it's only 30mins away from where we live and we've always heard such good reviews about it! It was a little bit overcast (and windy!) but we enjoyed it anyway and I tried to take as many photos as possible. Well you know me, I take photos of everything and then I have the terrible task of deciding which ones won't make the cut ;)








It's such a lovely place with a great atmosphere and a very dynamic old square. Everything feels authentic and we were lucky enough to be visiting during a small local event so we sat and enjoyed our coffee and crêpes with some live music in the background!

The church was very interesting in its architecture and the way it was decorated. First of all, I was surprised to see that it still had a wooden roof, which is really rare now as it usually doesn't last very long (a lot of them get burnt unfortunately). And also, it was surprising to see that so many decorative elements were painted! I couldn't take many photos but the details and colours were really good.








We, of course, visited the castle because come on you have to! You can only visit the castle at certain times of the day and with a guide as it's still inhabited by the descendants of the Rohan family (the Rohan-Chabot families) and because of that, it's forbidden to take photos inside. I was very sad. So I took plenty of the outside of the castle and its garden!

The tour was actually super interesting as we learnt a lot about the history of the building and how it got restored in the late 19th century to become what it is now thanks to the Duc Josselin de Rohan. The only problem is that I couldn't help but think about LOTR every time I heard this name haha. We also learnt a few interesting facts about the descendants still living there, one being that every first son has to be called either Josselin or Alain, so that both historic names will stay in the family!

I'm loving discovering so many nice places in Bretagne and we still have so much to see! We're actually going back on the 14th of July for the Medieval Festival that will take place the whole day in the centre of Josselin. Can't wait!