Part of The UK, but with flavors of la vie française, tiny Guernsey Island was a short but delightful stop on our journey through the British Isles this past summer. Sailboats, colorful bunting, and an overwhelming warmth from the locals was what stood out to us during our brief tour of this quirky little island. The snapshots below tell some of the story. For the rest of the background on the fascinating history of Guernsey, you'll need to dive into this charming WWII-era novel.
Since we began this little travel/adventure/creative journal back in the summer of 2012, our most popular blog post (by far) has been an entry called An Introduction to Henri Rivière (1864-1951) about one of our favorite artists, the elusive French painter and printmaker Henri Rivière. That same year, I wrote an essay about Rivière and his creative process for Kinfolk Magazine titled 'The View From Above.' For the first time (and thanks to the kind people at Kinfolk), you can read that essay in its entirely right here on allwayfarers.com.
Click to Read The View From Above.
This summer we spent a day floating down France's Dordogne River. Though we were technically 'canoeing,' we definitely let the river do the work. And as we melted down stream in the Dordogne's generous current, we couldn't help but agree with the River Rat's timeless credo:
'Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.' Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows