Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Monday, January 28, 2013

Rambling Around Souillac .........






The quaint village of Souillac is located in the beautiful
Lot Département of south-west France.

Wonderful aged shutters on stone buildings
and many other vestiges from the medieval era



 Pretty hanging baskets and wrought-iron gas lamps
A place to sit and ponder of times long past.

with the little café in the top pic offering
plat-du-jour for  €8 .... we most certainly
sat and pondered a while

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Rue Montorgueil .....




My favourite foody street in all of Paris
at it's best  ....  early in the morning
peopled with local Parisians.

 Le petit dejeuner right here on the rue
Jus d'orange
choix de vienoisserie
cafe creme
...............

coupled with the joy of
watching a street waking up
Perfect!!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Beynac et Cazenac ........




One of the many cobbled lane-ways in the pretty hill-top village of Beynac

An extremely steep 150 metre walk from Beynac Castle at the top
takes you down to the banks of the Dordogne River below - a bit scary in parts but
 well worth the effort with picture postcard views around every turn.




Beynac is located in the Dordogne area
and is listed as one of "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France"
It well deserves this title


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Friday, January 18, 2013

Reflecting On Impressionism .....




Since as long as I can remember I have loved the works
by the French Impressionist artists - in particular
Claude Monet 

I took these pics a few months ago while visiting the Japanese water- lily garden
at Monet's home "Giverny"



I have used a slight softening in these bottom two captures
to give a closer impression of how Monet
painted this magnificent water-garden



" My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece"
                                                      Claude Monet


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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cobbled Honey Lanes and Gas Lamps .......



~  Aquitiane   France  ~


There's something magical about wandering the honey colored
cobbled lane-ways in medieval French villages
You just never know what's going to be around the next bend
turrets and towers ... wrought iron signage .... passages under archways
cafe's and brasseries which entice you to linger a while





wrought-iron signage and gas-lamp
nestled in amid clinging ivy walls



~ cafe creme et des fraise ~




 Olde-world roses that trail along stone-carved balconies




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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Rainy Day In Paris .....




Repossi and Christian Dior nestled into the corner of
prestigious Place Vendome home to such wonderful establishments
as The Ritz ... Chaumet ... Boucheron ...Cartier

A wonderful square to spend some time and some money!!

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Reflections in Red ......



Rue Montorgueil - Paris

Early morning on my way to the boulangerie
as this little foodie street is just coming to life

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