On that night, I was in Colmar, France, passing through Luxemburg. All the houses in the town were colorful and cute just like candy houses.
To my surprise, I learned that Colmar was where the Sophie's town in Howl's Moving Castle by Hayao Miyazaki was modeled after.
スタジオジブリのスタッフは、この町でしばらく取材をしたという。ファンタジーであってもイメージの元となる場所やものの"first-hand observation" が大切、というチューターの言葉を思い出した。
What I really wanted to draw was the lanterns but nothing else...
From the morning till evening, I could hear Swifts shrilling above the sky.
We had a French breakfast at a cafe by the church. This is what I wouldn't experience if I was just a student traveler. I had to grin remembering the expensive tiny little cup of hot chocolate in Paris. Thank you MC and Jane!