Drawings of my road trip in my travel book
A French artist on the American roads!
As you may already know, I have been creating travel books for many years, during my travels in Europe, America and Asia.
The global health crisis we are going through has changed a lot my travel plans … Now, if I plan to travel, I limit myself to trips in France.
So I have decided to take out my travelbooks, and share with you my biggest trip: my four-months road trip in the United States!
A camper-van trip across the United States
First of all I present to you our traveling companion which carried us for more than 15,000 kilometers.
It was an old machine which burned a LOT of gasoline … But it was really comfortable for traveling with my 4 months-old baby … and above all … its price was very interesting !!
For this long trip, we had decided to make a road-trip from Montreal (where we were living at that time), to go to the West passing Chicago, to discover Western parks, to reach California, to drive on the famous Road 66 to go back to Eastern, to visit Louisiana, and to go up to the North.
Here are my best travel sketches (and my best memories!).
I complete my illustrations with a few words extracts from my travel book.
Chicago and its Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park.
â€œThe town and the little people we are, are reflecting in it. The sculpture is very popular: a crowd is gathered all around … it is difficult to take a picture … I take my pencils! “
Deadwood and its Western atmosphere! Go back to a century before, to the time of the gold seekers! A little bit touristic, but some buildings still have an old-world charm.
“After a bend, the four pairs of eyes of presidents staring at horizon … It is a real impressive sensation to see them in real… Carved in a light rock, their faces have beautiful contrasts thanks to the morning light â€.
Arches National Park
â€œA winding road climbs among the blood-red peaks. There are many photographing breaks, we want to keep in memory all these oddly shaped rocks, this huge hanged rock, fairy chimneys, and of course, the stars of the park, those which bring curious tourists from all over the world: the famous, the incredible, the breathtaking arches! “
Valley of Gods
â€œValley of Gods, a rough diamond untouched by mass tourism. Difficult to put words on a so hoped landscape that we finally have in front of our eyes … We appreciate to its full value the solitude of the place. Incredible evening in this grandiose landscape with fire tones Â»
â€œLandscapes are desert and arid. Mountains of sand and a few rare green tufts showing a little plant life. Las Vegas is profiling in the distance, a two million inhabitants agglomeration , on a plain surrounded by desert mountains … The climate is stifling, we have the sensation of being in an oven … It is 46 Â°C in the shade…”
Bodie, a ghost town
“A city which had twenty thousand inhabitants at the time of the gold rush … A fire has destroyed Bodie in the 1930s, and she became a ghost-town in 1942. We discover abandoned houses, a saloon, a general store, a church, a school. Everything is in an exceptional state of preservation. We spy through the yellow curtained windows, the interior of each wooden house. Everything is covered by a thick layer of dust, cobwebs, wallpapers stained with humidity peeled off, mattresses with visible springs … In the kitchens, gas stoves in working order, glasses, plates, pots, tin cans still closed and abandoned children’s games … We have the feeling that people left in a rush, leaving everything behind, taking with them only a suitcase…â€
The Golden Gate Bridge and Alamo Square, two must-sees in San Francisco.
“The Highway 1 which runs along the Pacific coast. Black rocks flowing into the ocean. The panoramas reminds me Brittany landscapes. The Pacific winds let irrefutable evidences of their violence on the cypress.” (No wind when I sketched these trees!!)
Santa Barbara Pier
The route 66
Return to Eastern : we join Route 66, with the famous Hackberry General Store.
â€œThe owner’s 1957 red Corvette sits in front of a really cool store. Fifties atmosphere inside with the multicolored jukebox, life-size photos of Marilyn and Elvis, and license plates hanging on the wall. Outside, old, rusty American cars, and obviously vintage gas pumps! “
The “river walk” of San Antonio: A charming walk along green canals: we feel like we are in Venice, but with more greenery … the gondolas are just missing!
The last big step on our road trip is Louisiana. BIG crush!
I loved the bearded trees in the “Bayou” on Lake Martin!
New Orleans is a very special city. A very European soul reigns in the city center â€¦ which is normal for a district called the â€œFrench Quarterâ€!
Oak Alley Plantation
Oak Alley Plantation, a former property built during the sugar cane plantation era. The mansion is grand and has served as the backdrop for many films, including â€œInterview with The Vampireâ€! We are admiring the famous alley of three-hundred-years old oaks that leads to the luxurious villa.
Cocodril is a village entirely built on stilts! I found its amazing, and very poetic, these colorful dwellings on legs!
Here, I hope I have made you travel a little with these extracts from my travel book!
Did you know that these notebooks are the origin of my wedding-books?
It was in 2014, for my brother’s wedding, that I have created the first wedding-book!
Would you like to see the â€œweddingâ€ version ?!