Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Rasberries ..........



~    Le Pain Quotidien   ~
 
 
tarte aux framboise
served with a warm creamy bowl of café crème
 
On my way to the Palais Royal Gardens - I dropped into this little café
and ended up staying and hour or so ....  sipping coffee and
chatting to others at the long communal table.
That's what one does in Paris
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New Shoes .......



 
new shoes !!
 not nice for walking the cobbled-stone laneways of France
but I think she likes them
 
 
 
 
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Pont Alexandre III ..........



 
~   Pont Alexandria III   ~
 
 
Paris' prettiest bridge with it's wonderful
gilded architecture and lavishly decorated
lamp-posts sculptured cherubs and nymphs.
 
 
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Red and Gold in the City of Light .....




Walking between Place des Victoires and the elegant Galerie Vivienne 
in Paris' classy second arrondisment
with wonderful
 little Post-card vignettes at every turn.
 
 
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Reflections on Le Mont ........



 
Bird flying low over the marshes
at Mont-St-Michel Brittany France
 
 
 
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Touches of Gold in Tuscany .........


 
A moment in time
golden walls
golden t-shirt
and would you believe it!!
golden soccer ball

 
 
 
and just around the corner
this wonderful old medieval
golden door
 
 
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Cloudy in Urbino .......



Cloudy skies framed by wonderful Medieval architecture
in the small hilltop town of Urbino Italy


 
Rafaello Sanzio's hometown
or as we know him as "Raphael"
was born here way back in 1483
 
 
 
As I turned to put my camera away
I spotted this lady enjoying a gelato on the run
and couldn't help but capture her vibrant gold shawl
and aquamarine shoes set against the rustic street-scape
 I would really love shoes just like that
 
 
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Un Cycliste Parisien .......

 
 
Round every corner - down every street
When in Paris
there's always a photo - waiting to be captured
and a story to be told
 
It was very early morning
I wonder where this guy was heading for ?
 maybe going to work ..... or heading home
I'd like to think he was pedalling to the corner boulangerie
for croissants and chouquettes
 
 
 
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Breakfast in Paris .......


~   Le Petit Dejeuner   ~
 
Breakfast on the streets of Paris
 is one of my most favourite things to do.
On this day a friend and I were joying our croissants and coffee
while looking out onto the magnificent Palais Garnier Opera House
 



~   Une Formule   ~
 
jus d'orange
boisson chaude aux choix
vienoisserie ou tartine
 
Just Perfect!!


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Low Tide ...........


~   Le Grand Plage    St Malo   ~
 
Blue skies over a very low tide
 makes for a lovely sea-scape sweeping across "Le Grande Plage"
to an ancient Fort nestled at the far end
 
 
 
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Time-Worn and Faded ..........


 
 
~   Rue d'Amboise   Paris   ~
 
Gentle faded paint
and crooked window shutters
is there anything more Parisian?

 
I love to wake early in Paris ... throw open the window
listen to the chattering and chirping of sparrows
 and look out across the street to a wonderful array
of shutters "Time-Worn and faded"
 
 
 
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Friday, November 7, 2014

A Bridge Not Too Far .....


 
 
Soft clouds form a canopy over the River Rance
in the pretty medieval village of Dinan
 
 
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Slippery Steps ..........


 
No I didn't slip up !!!
wonderful old laneways and ancient cobbled slopes
in the Perigord region of south-west France
 
 

 
and to add to the experience 
 it was raining ever so softly!
 just enough to dampen the stones underneath.
 
 
 
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Maison Rose ......

 
  
 
I love this quaint little café
located along the cobbled-stoned lanes
in the old village of Montmartre
 


 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Beach at Low Tide ...... .......


 
Soft grey skies over St Malo in Brittany
looking across the long sandy Grande Plage
 towards the wonderful old walled citadel.
 
Lots of room for skipping stones on this beach!
 
 
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Monday, October 13, 2014

On My Way To The Shops ......



Lanvallay  .....  a delightful village in the west of France


I walked this road many times ... down the hill
with wonderful views across the valley
Fortunately there were pretty little benches
along the roadside ... places to pause and savour the vistas.
 


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Monday, October 6, 2014

Morning Walk in Normandy .......



The laneways of a Village in Normandy
were almost deserted as I headed down to search out
a little artisan boulangerie.

All I needed to do was
to follow my nose


 Rosa Banksia Lutea
     draping itself across this wonderful old barn 


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Postcard from France ........


 
Memories of days spent meandering the historic
Aquitaine region of south-west France
with it's postcard views round every corner.
 
 
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beurre Bosc Pears ......


 
Is there anything more French than beautiful
beurre-bosc pears
 
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I have noted them in still life paintings
through-out the centuries
 They always sit so well and those little crinkly rustic stems
must be an artists delight
 

 
Just for your interest
the Beurre means buttery and
 Bosc is the name of a French Naturalist 
L. Bosc d"Antic
 
 
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Friday, September 19, 2014

The Luberon .........


~   Looking out from the hilltop village of Crillon-le-Brave   ~
 
Soft blue clouds gather over the delightful
 Luberon area in Provence
 
 
 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coffee Break ........


 
What better place to take a coffee break
than in the delightful Tuilleries Gardens
right in the middle of Paris
 

 
 
 
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Autumn Skies over La Seine .......


~   Pont Neuf   River Seine   ~
 
Paris is at it's prettiest
dressed in her Autumn finery
 

 
 
 
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Blue Shutters - Lace Curtains ........

 
spotted in a village in Brittany   ~
 
Nothing is prettier than the wonderful faded and paint-peeled shutters
in French villages ... I hope no one ever decides to sand and repaint
it would diminish there quaint rustic character
 
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Something in me wants to lift that planter box
and plant afresh with little white trailing daisies
with just a touch of soft dusty pink
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Autumnal Skies ......


 
 
Autumn resonates within the street-scapes of Paris where
soft grey skies form the perfect backdrop
for brushes of gold and burnished copper foliage.
 

 
 
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Traces Through Time .........



 
~   Urbino  Italy   ~
 
Traces Through Time
somewhere with-in the historic walled city of Urbino
Birthplace to Raphael 
 
Everything about this World heritage listed city is Old
I'm talking about way back to the 1400's
and of course a photographers dream
 
 
 
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Laneways in the Dordogne ........



~   A little village in the Dordogne   ~
 
On my way to the Pizzeria
cobbled laneways - soft fading light
pretty ornate lanterns & red shuttered windows.
What a delight!
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, August 22, 2014

La Pointe du Gouin ......

  
 
 
 
The day started out bitterly cold with our faces
being lashed with rain  - my only thought was to find a cosy coffee shop
and nestle in for the day but we plodded on along the coast and
Voila! the sun came out - the skies lit up and of course
I grabbed my trusty camera and started click-clicking away 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pondering .......


~   Palais Royale Gardens   ~
 
What better thing to do in Paris than to sit and ponder

Monsieur Unknown


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Shades of Blue in Dinan .........


~   Dinan  France   ~
 
Blue shutters - blue jeans -  wisteria blue
even the baker's apron was blue
I couldn't help from snapping this "Blue Scene"
I hope you like it.
 
 
 

 
 
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Under Tuscan Skies ........


 
 
Somewhere near near Cortona in beautiful Tuscany
Red poppies filled the frame but soft grey skies
added a backdrop to this delightful corner of the world



 
 
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Rue du Jerzual ........


 
~   Rue du Jerzual    Dinan Brittany  ~
 
It's steep walking up this quaint cobbled-lane in rural Brittany
with it's glorious medieval and Tudor architecture
but worth the effort because
around every bend is a postcard perfect view
and it's not far between coffee stops.
 
 
 
 
 
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