I haven’t posted a watercolor travel sketch for a while so today I’m sharing one I did when I lived in Paris. One nice thing about living in a city that one normally just visits is that once you have gone to all the museums and sites that are the most popular and that you would see as a tourist, you start to discover and explore places that are off the beaten path. The Albert Kahn Museum and Gardens in one of those places.
Albert Kahn was a 20th century philanthropist who made it his mission to document the planet. He financed many discovery missions all of the world. The museum houses his archive of autochrome Lumière photography (color photos on glass plates) collections from 60 countries.
The thing that is the most spectacular about the museum is it’s gardens. Comprising 10 acres it’s organized in sections modeled on gardens from around the world: a contemporary and village style Japanese garden, a rocky Vosgienne forest and English and French Gardens. There is also a Japanese tea pavilion where on certain days you can participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by a tea master from Kyoto.
I went to the gardens a few times in the spring because it was so such a relaxing place and was hardly ever crowded which made it the perfect place to sketch. This sketch was done overlooking the Japanese bridge.
If you are interested in going, the museum and gardens are located in Boulogne-Billancourt at 10-14 rue du Port. One can easily get there by metro or bus.