Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France: Le Corbusier's Peaceful Resting Place
Gorgeous view of sunset. Photo by D.B. Kim.
Although I hide it
My love shows in my face
So plainly that he asks me, "Are you thinking of something?"
~Taira No Kanemori, 10th-century Japan
A view of Monaco from the veranda. Photo by D.B. Kim.
My inspirations are intuitive and possess organic characteristics largely due to their origins in landscapes and nature.
As many creative talents do when there is a brief moment for visual meditation, I wanted to revisit an ideal picture-perfect place that evoked a sense of peace within me. I chose the private garden of Mr. John Mark Horton’s private residence in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France (where one can visit the tombs of Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier).
Tomb of Le Corbusier in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France. Photo by D.B. Kim.
Here I found a refuge with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, bundles of warm sunrays, and the sweet fragrance of star jasmine that gently cuddled me to sleep at night.
I particularly enjoyed strolling Mr. Horton’s private gardens; Horton, himself, is a gardener and an architect. In this intimate place concealed within layers of cypress hedges, Mr. Horton personally manicures and maintains its beauty with a passion that is rare to find. The garden is a true sanctuary, and I felt lucky to be surrounded by its magnificence.
Overview of the upper-tier garden. Photo by D.B. Kim.
Considering hospitality, one often focuses solely on indoor elements and architectural details. What a surprise to have access to nature as well when staying in a hotel. While this entry does not cover a public guesthouse, I’d like to share the images from my visit to the residence, reminding readers of the poetic feelings that come from a garden, and the inspiration I drew from it.
Visit my slideshow to see all the pictures from my serene visit Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.