News 2019-04-29T18:51:57+00:00

Heidi Coutu | Artist American Impressionist, Portrait Artist, and Abstract Painter

  • April 19-20, Bremen, Germany
    by John Maturo on April 20, 2024 at 3:16 am

    Bremen, another Hanseatic League city, surprised us.  I knew Bremerhaven, the port city for Bremen, had been heavily bombed during WWII, but Bremen had an even larger intact old city than Lubeck and a section called the Schnuur with winding streets and medieval houses. The central part of the city was comprised of beautifully intricate

  • April 15 -19 Denmark, Copenhagen
    by John Maturo on April 16, 2024 at 3:00 am

    The idea of going to Denmark after our ambitious travel agenda so far seemed a bit like a trip too far when I considered the upcoming days. Parts of this journey included a few brief overnight stops to shorten long distances, and this was a destination after one of those. Luckily for me, John handles

  • April 12-14, Lubeck, Germany
    by John Maturo on April 13, 2024 at 2:44 am

    Lubeck was one of the principal Hanseatic League cities and as such was wealthy and should have had beautiful architecture, but we were not sure what to expect after the bombing campaign during WWII. Den Haag to Lubeck was a long ride, 350 miles, but on new wide highways which felt like home and so

  • La Poste, Several Cities
    by Heidi Coutu on April 2, 2024 at 5:17 pm

    As aforementioned, I packed poorly. I did not take the advice of Elaine, and brought 2 suitcases and a carry-on bag, thinking that this was reasonable for 4 months, 7 counties, and two seasons. WRONG. One third of my clothes was stolen with the car, and the remainder was still too much. I have mostly

  • March 28-29 Koblenze Heidelberg, Germany
    by John Maturo on March 28, 2024 at 5:10 pm

    Koblenz was a place chosen to shorten our drive from Colmar to Den Haag, but on the way we stopped for lunch in Heidelberg.  We had last been in Heidelberg during our trip to celebrate Heidi’s 50th birthday.  It was as charming as ever and we had a passable lunch at the Lowenbrau café with

  • March 24-27 Colmar, France
    by Heidi Coutu on March 24, 2024 at 4:34 pm

    We drove from Dijon to Colmar by way of lunch in Rougemont and passed by the bleak, chilly sights of the tiny, medieval Alsatian villages directly into Colmar on the Sunday before Easter. The half-timber buildings in pastel colors, flower boxes, and adorned shop windows were a stark and welcomed contrast. This place is like

  • March 21-23 Dijon, France
    by John Maturo on March 21, 2024 at 4:34 pm

    Dijon is also a place to go because of its proximity to the Grand Cru villages of Burgundy, Pommard and Puligny Montrachet for example. This is ground zero for fine wines, not that the wines are any finer, but the French were the first to raise the bar with definitions of quality related to the

  • March 21-23 Dijon, France
    by Heidi Coutu on March 21, 2024 at 4:25 pm

    The ride from Lyon to Dijon was brief and uneventful, aside from a pleasant lunch in Chalon-Sur-Saône, after which John napped in the car, and I walked around and bought some really cheap clothes for warmer days to come. Given the fact that we were back in a new car and the theft was behind

  • March 16-20 Lyon, France
    by Heidi Coutu on March 16, 2024 at 4:15 pm

    A stunning mixture of old and new, Lyon is the capital city in France’s Auvergne – Rhône – Alps region. Sitting high above the old part of the city is the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière. The architecture includes both medieval and Renaissance styles with the occasional Roman ruin. The traboules or hidden stairways

  • March 8-15 Loumarin Province, France
    by John Maturo on March 8, 2024 at 2:45 pm

    Our next destination was a beautiful village in Province, Lumarin, where we arrived Saturday afternoon, just in time to grab a pizza up the street from our  destination before they closed for their  afternoon break.  This region called the Luberon is in south-eastern France. Loumarin is truly one of the most beautiful villages in France,