Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, January 30, 2015

blue skies, golden sands ...........

wonderful blue skies over golden sands
near the old port of Saint-Malo

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Chatting ...........

~   Jardin du Palais-Royal   ~
when the sun comes out Parisians head for the many parks and gardens
jotted around this beautiful city.
snatching a pocketful of sunshine - lazing by the fountain
or catching up with friends and chatting
c'est la vie


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Friday, January 23, 2015

Feathered Skies over La Ranche .......

It's just a short walk!!
instructions from my Frenchie friends
 as I headed out on a stroll along the River Ranche
Well 3 hours later and very foot-weary, I reached my destination for pick-up
but was it worth it ?  Definitely.


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Monday, January 19, 2015

I Love Pontrieux ..........

A delightful little village in rural France
with signage on many of the shop windows saying
"I Love Pontrieux"
I would have to say -  I too Love Pontrieux
it's just gorgeous
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Medieval Reflections .......

~   Ponte Vecchio    Florence   ~
The beautiful River Arno which winds it's way through
the ancient city of Florence with it's many bridges
is perfect for catching reflections

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Artists' Square ..........

~   place du tertre ~
Many tourists don't speak kindly of Place-du-Tertre
with it's scramble of artists painting portraits of tourists
who are less than pleased with the results.
The talented artist above, loved the atmosphere
of painting en-plein-air amid the hustle and bustle
He was very dedicated to his craft.
Bravo Monsieur!

Some of the paintings were painted from photographs
in a style & era dictated by the buyer and were extremely detailed.
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Take Time to Smell The Roses .......

~   Au Nom de-la Rose   ~
I love how florist shops in Paris spill out onto walkways
billows of roses from old buckets .... petite posies in boxes tied with pretty ribbons 
roses - sweet peas - freesias
 Parisians love to buy flowers - I guess most do not have gardens
but live in apartments and so they beautify their space
with flowers on tables and pots of colour trailing over wrought-iron balconies.
One of my favourite florist is on Rue St-Antoine in the Marais District
it sells only roses - roses - roses
so that's where I go to "take time to smell the roses"
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Postcard From Normandy .....

somewhere north of the lovely sea-side village of Cancale
I spotted these beautiful lilac tinted clouds
 floating perfectly above grey slated tiles
and was So ....  happy our driver stopped
I hope you like them
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Under The Tuscan Sun .......

~   Cortona  Tuscany   ~
amid the cobbled laneways and winding stairs
there are wonderful treasures to be found 

who wouldn't want to pause awhile at this pretty café

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Place Abbesses ...........

One of the few remaining Hector Guimard  art nouveau canopies at
the colourful entrance to Metro-Abbesses Montmartre

Wishing my dear friends out in Blog-land
a very safe, healthy and happy 2015


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