Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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.
 
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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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