Simone Sempere
Painter artist
In the footsteps of Jeanne Barret, the first woman to travel around the world.
Among the papuans
Mauritius Island
In the grapefruit garden
Mauritius Island
Floral decor
Painting lessons with the children of the favela
Reunion Island
In Jeff Angelo's studio
Reunion Island
Mauritius Island
With the director
Mauritius Island

Why this world tour ...

  • My tour of the world is a breath of life of love for the wonderful plants of the planet in order to show my gratitude to these guardians and guardians, united in the mission of discovering them, classifying them, making them known for the good of humans.

    My approach is distinct from that of a scientific or even literary expedition.

    It is a journey of encounters of discoveries of continents with different cultures and still unspoiled nature, a response to the call of Pachamama. (Mother Earth in Incas)
  • In the time of Jeanne Barret and Philibert Commerson. At that time the planet changed face because in the land of France, we had access to universal botany.

    A woman with the temperament of man with enough strength to brave storms, oceans, great seas, finally arrived in the name of the mother in the bosom of the universal garden with her companion.
    In this Eden, they discover spices, unknown flowers which today allow all of you children of life, to touch the essences of the essential, oils, perfumes, potions with healing properties.
    It's all there. One day this woman brought back into the hold of a ship some unknown plants which were studied and recorded until today in this time when you are now, you can use them and have access to what there is. bigger in this world, the extraordinary garden of the universe.

    In this extravagant garden of luxuriance I walked the paths that their footsteps have trodden, took out my brushes and my colors to take away the soul of a flower that has blossomed forever.
  • I lived forty years in an alpine region in Chartreuse, walking through all its summits, learning the names of flowers.

    From there was born my passion for drawing and floral then artistic painting.

    This love of nature naturally brought me closer to the life of Jeanne Barret, a connoisseur of the natural environment in her Burgundy region and user of "simple" from her earliest childhood.

    Born July 27, 1740 in the small village of La Comelle in Saône-et-Loire, motherless very early, she spent the first years of her life on her father's farm.

    She will leave France disguised as a man and her journey made her the first woman to travel around the world!
  • Herborizing is a familiar activity that I have practiced a lot with the dream of touching the clouds and the stars on the tops of ridges and snowfields.

    From the steep slopes of Mont Cenis in Savoie to the valleys along the Giffre in Haute-Savoie I walked along paths and copses from 5 am until sunset.

    During those hours, I was in total osmosis with nature. Gentian of Koch, Edelweiss, arnica, genepi, sagebrush, anemones were my companions.
    These pickings were intended for the creation of flower frames.

    I imagine Jeanne herbalising, a canvas bag on the shoulder to tie them on the spot in order to put them in herbarium on paper on the boat, we look alike in this aspect.
  • I pay tribute to my mother, who was so happy with my trip, who left to join the ancestors shortly after my return to France where I discovered the first confinement.

    I thank my children, my friends who have never ceased to dream for me already drawing the line of an extraordinary circumnavigation , filling my cornucopia with all possible.

    Today, I write, I continue to paint and to travel in my memories which are inscribed on lines in order to testify that at the end of the world the eyes of the heart are the same as yours.

    Just be united and respectful of nature, of its guardians, of the commitment to be in order to become.
The arrival of Bougainville in Tahiti
April 1768: Bougainville aboard his 2 ships arrives on the shores of New Kythera (Tahiti).
Following this stay, he will write his book "Voyage around the world" on his return and New Kythira will be described there as the island of pleasures in the South Seas.

Louis-Antoine de Bougainville

  • I discover the life and work of Count Louis-Antoine de Bougainville * (° 1729- † 1811), a Royal Navy officer who grew up in an environment passionate about mathematics, geography and natural sciences.

    He will become one of the most famous French sailors and explorers. As commander-in-chief, he led from 1766 to 1769 the first official French tour of the world. "Voyage around the world" like the travel journal he wrote during the expedition will give rise to a first version published in 1771, (250 years in 2021) revealing very interesting information on the new territories visited with details on populations, fauna and flora.

    When he left Brest on December 5, 1766 aboard La Boudeuse, Bougainville was responsible for carrying out a political mission on behalf of the Crown of France. While many territories are still unexplored, the great powers of Spain, England and France are teaming up to obtain primacy on a geopolitical level, obviously with economic issues involved.
  • At that time, the strategic location of the Falklands Islands strategic location of the Strait of Magellan and Cape Horn which made it possible to control access to the southern seas arousing envy.

    The British were claiming their rights to these islands, arguing that their explorers had been the first to discover this land, which they had named Falkland.

    The furious Spaniards claimed that these islands were part of South America and were rightfully theirs.

    In short, the rag is burning on the international political scene. After long discussions, France, which had set its sights on these islands, finally agreed to hand over the Falklands to Spain and charged Bougainville with this restitution.

    The unacknowledged objective of the mission entrusted to Bougainville went well beyond the diplomatic component with a clear expansionist connotation.

    In the name of King Louis XV, Bougainville was to ensure control of new maritime routes and conquer unknown lands.
  • At the end of 1766, when the English admiralty launched Samuel Wallis and Philip Carteret on a new expedition in the Pacific Ocean, Bougainville followed suit.

    L'Étoile will leave after La Boudeuse, having repairs to perform which will delay it a lot. Bougainville embarks aboard a defective frigate La Boudeuse Followed by the flute L'Étoile, a building with the main role of food reserve.

    Three hundred men in total are on board, including the Prince born of Orange and Nassau, the cartographer Charles Routier de Romainville, the astronomer Pierre-Antoine Véron and the naturalist Philibert Commerson * (1727 - † 1773) accompanied by his servant Barret * said Jean de Bonnefoi, who was later to be discovered to be a woman.

    Jeanne Barret will subsequently become the first woman to sail around the world.
  • Captivated, subjugated by the life of Jeanne Barret, I fly 250 years later in the footsteps of Bougainville, taking part of the same journey, by plane, boat, bus. I never part with my brushes during my travels, they are a real passport to sharing with others, whatever the language. I am therefore ready for this world tour which began on August 20, 2019.

    The first stone laid for the trip begins in July to pay homage to Jeanne Barret and to flower her grave with tropical plants in the old cemetery of Saint-Antoine-de-Breuilh in Périgord. It was not without regret that I left without meeting Nicolle Maguet and Sophie Miquel, in the hope of being able to do so on my return. After this meditation, I went to Rochefort to visit the Royal Maritime Command and its Corderie. Not far away, I could feel the emotion of the exact place from which L'Étoile started. Surprised, L'Hermione's replica was about to leave port that day.

    Rochefort has a world-class municipal structure "Le Conservatoire du Bégonia", located in the street judiciously named Charles Plumier (° 1646- † 1704), botanist of great renown to whom the creation of the name of the genus is attributed. This one has an unequivocal etymology: homage to the administrator Michel Bégon [of La Picardière] (° 1667- † 1747) having been in office in this city, moreover keen on botany.

Videos documentaries

Videos documentaries

Bougainville, the trip to Tahiti

Thanks to Arte for this beautiful docu fiction and these beautiful images.

During his world tour, between 1766 and 1769, the Frenchman Louis-Antoine de Bougainville made a stopover in Tahiti. The idyllic image he brings back will help change the course of history.

And a superb slideshow produced by France Culture on the life of Jeanne Barret
Some photos to illustrate this world tour
And many more to discover!
And much more !!!
See this slideshow containing many photos taken during our world tour.
You will discover even more very soon.

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