Belle époque

Oil on canvas 38 x 46 cm

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The belle époche – the beautiful era – refers to the height of French splendour in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At that time, France had a dense web of narrow-gauge secondary railways, one of the most scenic being the Sud-France, along the Côte d’Azur between Toulon and Fréjus. This train is entering the station of La Croix, today’s settlement being known as La Croix Valmer. The station site is now covered by modern developments.