Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, December 16, 2016

Skywatching over Brittany ....

Emerald Coast - Brittany - France

One of the things I love to do when travelling in different corners of the world
is capturing the different sky-scapes

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Strolling around Lourmarin ........

Lourmarin sits in the heart of Provence
and I would like to say that it is a sleepy little village with residents going about the normal life
but it has become well known amid the tourists trail and now anytime between 11am and 3pm
it is difficult to find a seat in any café or eatery.

The beauty of staying a week or two is that us long stay tourist
get to savour the ambiance of a place by rising early and strolling the deserted laneways
before mingling with the locals in the little boulangerie
carefully selecting a few delicacies for

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Carrosserie ......

I had to smile when spotting this car shop in the lovely village of Bonnieux
I know the French like to use the suffix ie for a lot of shops
like Patisserie-cremerie-boulangerie and Pharmacie
But to see this quaint business referred to as a Carrossserie
really made my day.

Oh! and wouldn't it be nice to go zipping around Provence in that
cute cherry-red Volkswagon
If only I could get the hang of driving on the opposite side of the road !!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Golden Days in Provence ....

 golden banksia roses drooping along this wonderful golden stone archway
in the pretty village of lourmarin

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

no blue without orange ....

Faded and worn blue shutters fit beautifully upon burnished orange stone walls
 in the perfume capital of the world  - Grasse

As Vincent Van Gogh once said
"There is no blue without orange and without yellow"
I think he was right !!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Reflections in Place Massena .......

 ~   Place Massena  -  Nice France  ~

reflections everywhere in this beautiful area
where people from all over the world come
to take -  and be photographed

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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
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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Friday, March 25, 2016

blue skies - emerald seas ........

Emerald Coast -  Brittany

I captured this pretty French sky on a day when visibility was very poor
but liked it because of the softness of pastels
green and blue and white

in the far distance you can just see Mont St-Michel

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Monday, March 21, 2016

pretty window in Brittany ....

a little vignettes which caught my eye
in the pretty village of Pontrieux
near the north-west coast of rural France

Friday, March 18, 2016

powder blue skies ............

  South of Cancale Brittany

a solitary home
surrounded by the prettiest powder blue skies

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

the red and the gold .....

touches of red and gold are seen every-where in Paris
they sit beautifully against lovely golden street-scapes
as the French would say
aesthetically pleasing to the eye

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Friday, March 11, 2016

blue skies over the palais royal ......

Parisians love to take-the-air
read -soak up a little sun or just sit and contemplate
and what better place to do that than the exquisite
Jardins du Palais Royal

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

life is like a carousel .....

 " life is like a carousel - sometimes you're up
and sometimes you're down
and sometimes you just go round and round"

This lovely carousel is situated in front of the elegant Hotel d'Ville
and no matter what the weather,  it is always there
I love the music - the colours
and the atmosphere it creates

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Friday, March 4, 2016

skywatching over Paris ......

skies aren't always blue over Paris
in fact out of the many times I have visited
they are usually a light blue/grey which is the perfect backdrop
to this city's wonderful golden architecture
and terra-cotta chimney pots

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Friday, February 26, 2016

night skies over Paris .......

Paris by night is always pretty
with iconic buildings lit up against the crepuscule sky

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Costes Roses ......

~   Costes Roses   ~

walking down fashionable Rue St-Honore you will pass this wonderful
little florist shop jam packed with nothing but roses
with their wonderful perfume wafting out the door

No fillers to plump out these lavish bunches just
roses - roses - roses

Each time I visit Paris I pop my head in the door and tell the stylish Monsieur
in faulting French  - that he has the prettiest florist-shop in all of Paris
he always smiles sweetly and says
Oh! Merci Madame

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

reflecting hues of purple ......

This pic was taken last spring in the beautiful water-lily pond
at Monet's Jardin de Giverny - my third visit to the garden
and a perfect time to see the wisteria in full bloom.

A friend and I travelled by train from Paris leaving Gare St-Lazare
where Monet painted that wonderful canvas of stream trains arriving at the station
 We breakfasted on croissants and café crème then enjoyed the vista
from our carriage window - the very same vista that Monet and his family
would have viewed on their many trips between Giverny and Paris


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Friday, February 12, 2016

misty skies over Pontrieux .....

soft misty skies over the pretty village surrounds
of Pontrieux in rural France
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Friday, February 5, 2016

bird soaring low over the marshes ......

Mont-St-Michel    Normandie France  ~
"nothing but blue skies from now on"
It's sometimes difficult to take pics of this beautiful area
without the inclusion of hoards of tourists and buses
but by walking back along the marshes and clambering over a rusty fence
I managed this shot with reflections
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

La Boucherie ........

Caromb  Vaucluse  ~

Jean-Claude Farnaud's Boucherie in the centre of
the lovely village of Caromb
charcuterie - viande-de-boeuf - poulet - agneau
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

sunflowers raspberries and a cafe creme .....

Things I love about Paris  ~
sitting in a French café sipping café crème
and munching on one of those delectable raspberry tarts
 watching the world go by
is one of my very favourite things to do
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

a long lunch in provence ......

salade compose  ~
a very long lunch in the delightful village
of Crillion-le-Brave in Provence
just perfect after rambling around the back-roads of this
delightful area of rural France
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