One of our vacation days was spent in a trip to Biot,
a nearby town famous for its artisans. Unfortunately, many shops, museums,
and restaurants are closed on Monday and Tuesday. Also, they seem to close
from 12:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon. Some are also closed on the weekends.
By my calculations, many French laborers seemed chained to a grueling 18
hour work week! Nevertheless, we found many things of interest in Biot.
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Biot from the winding mountain road, it is as it appears, a compact and
easily defensible medieval city located on a strategic bluff.
One of the places that was open on our visit was the Verrerie de Biot glass works, a workshop and showroom for their distinctive hand blown glass. In this picture a craftsman has just finished shaping and reheating a glob of glass in preparation for blowing it. He will do so by blowing on the long hollow tube in his hand
here on the movie reel for a view of the glass blower!
The final stop of the day was at the Musee National Fernand Leger, an artist
perhaps known for his ceramic murals. The museum offers a complete retrospective
on the painter's work, from early pen and ink drawings and sketches, oil
paintings, tapestries, sculptures and of course murals of all sizes and
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