Babar, Sainte-Maxime and I …


Le Roi Babar

Le Roi Babar




‘Babar the Elephant ‘ was my favourite childhood friend and I fondly remember looking and reading the books filled with beautiful and colourful illustrations,  imagining myself with him and his family sharing all their adventures.  I think every child became Babar’s friend very naturally.  I did,  and still am…

At the end of July,  at last,  my husband and I will be moving to our new home in Sainte Maxime, in the Var region of  the Provence -Alpes-Cote d’Azur area in Southern France, where Jean de Brunhoff wrote the first Babar book ‘Babar the Elephant.

A lovely sandy beach now bears his name ‘La plage des éléphants’.

I left France 30 years ago and this move back home has been a long and difficult journey at times, but oh, so rewarding , as my life has expanded so much by never letting go of my dream and now the joy of being able to live it ! I am so grateful and excited about my new life…

Apart from the incredible seaview,  I will have studio space and I am so looking forward to settling down , discover and savour my new landscape…the sea and the hills…

Sainte Maxime

Sainte Maxime

I don’t feel I will become a marine painter but the sea will bring a new dimension to my mediterranean landscapes .  I find myself becoming slightly dizzy as I ponder how my work will develop and I am full of great expectations !  I cannot wait to get painting !

Also,  there is the fond memory of my childhood friend ‘Babar’ to make me smile and dream of  new adventures to come !



2 Responses to “Babar, Sainte-Maxime and I …”

  1. Camille says:

    I love that story !!
    I’m living in Sainte maxime so maybe we’ll meet at the corner of a street or a beach !!
    In any case welcome to sainte maxime !!

    • Annick says:

      Merci, Thank you Camille !! how nice you found my blog and it is a nice welcome!
      If you are French your English is pretty good…if you are English , well you should know really!!
      I do hope we meet ..have you lived in Sainte Maxime long ?…
      Keep in touch !

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