“4 July 2018: Towards midnight as we lie in our continental hotel bed, Matthew asks me, “What country are we in?” I take a moment to make sure I give the correct answer, “France”. It is not a silly question. Two days before we had exited Italy. This morning we woke in Geneva, Switzerland – the big day of visiting the Caran d’Ache factory. Right now we are in the alpine village of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and tomorrow we will drive to Grimsel Pass in the Swiss Bernese Alps.” Notes from my journal.
6 September 2020: Even while I’ve been working on this drawing, I’ve been thinking most of the time that I’m drawing a Swiss alpine town. No – Chamonix is in the French Alps – I remind myself.
What time was it? It was dusk. It was before Covid-19. It was when we could still travel. It was a day dream, a beautiful memory, another time.