Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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