Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Monday, August 29, 2016

Lichen and Roses ...........


Verdun - Normandie

spotted along the lane beside one of our many B & B stopovers in rural France
such a pretty corner of the world








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Monday, August 15, 2016

Meandering the backroads of The Luberon ......



 The Luberon area of Provence was made famous by
Peter Mayle's books -  "A Year in Provence" and "A Good Year"

It's just as depicted with clusters of quaint hilltop villages
ideal for walking - or cycling to and from 
or getting absolutely lost amid the vineyards and beaten tracks
of this wonderful area of the world




gold - lavender and of course in summer
red from the open fields of poppies
which stretch as far as the eyes can see
I loved it all 









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Friday, August 12, 2016

Amalfi Coast .......



Early morning  driving south along the beautiful Amalfi Coast
where most of the way we could see nothing but blue!!
blue skies - nothing but blue skies - as the song goes.

The only division between sea and sky was a border of heavy fog
softly dividing the two elements


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Monday, August 8, 2016

City of Light City of Love .......



City of Light - City of Love
Paris is always a good idea !














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Monday, June 13, 2016

fossicking around in the flea market ......



If you love foraging around in flea markets
you would love this wonderful old place
known to the French as " Les Puces de St-Ouen"
It was featured in the film "Midnight in Paris"
and I SO loved my visit there



a wealth of bric-a-brac
objet d'art - paintings framed in gorgeous
gold antique surrounds - old books - letters - buttons
The stall holders were more than happy
to let me photograph their wares
which of course  - made my day !!










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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cats of Rome ......




on a recent stay in the ancient city of Rome
I became well acquainted with some of the "Cats of Rome"
They make their home amid the temple ruins
where Caesar was betrayed and killed way back in 44 BCE
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Each day "The Gattare" a group of cat-lovers
feed and care for these fortunate felines
and so it is no surprise to find that many of them are
extremely friendly very plump and more than happy to
pose for this photographer



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Monday, April 4, 2016

butter-yellow barrow and a few French treats .....


a glimpse into the lovely world of Brittany
on the western edge of rural France
where all things buttery are definitely in vogue








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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Place du Tertre .....



there's something magical about Place du Tertre
with it's eclectic mix of artists and painting styles
I particularly loved this work with it's vibrant colours
and enjoyed chatting to the artisan
about the highs and lows of trying to make a living
 as an artist up in Montmartre




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