Showing posts with label Monaco. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Monaco. Show all posts

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Weekend Reflections 34 - Monaco


The glass facade reflecting this wonderful sky of couple-colour is the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco which is currently hosting a rather spectacular Picasso exhibition entitled  "Monaco Fete - Picasso Cote D'Azur and Picasso Dans La Collection Nahmad". The first part of the exhibition displays works which trace all the places on the French Riviera where he used stay for the summer from the early 1920s to 1946, and the second part puts on show 116 pieces from the Nahmad private collection - many of which have not been displayed in public before.


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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday 193 - Monaco


Taken in the Japanese Gardens in Monaco - a wonderfully tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the yachting and cruise ship world of the Principality!!


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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday 185 - Monte Carlo, Monaco


Turn to the left for the Monegasque National Anthem.....


Turn to the right to welcome the new 2013 Monte Carlo Open tennis champion...Novak Djokovic



who dethroned Nadal and took the crown for the first time in his adopted home town of Monte Carlo, Monaco breaking Nadal's run of 8 consecutive wins......


There was some stunning play at both the semis and finals....although for the longest of times, we didn't think we could get to see the final due to some very heavy showers....


creating a whole new fashion trend - plastic bag chic....


But fortunately the storm passed over, the clouds parted, and the sun and shadows soon returned.....


Where else can you watch tennis and see such wonderful views over the sea and the mountains with cruise ships sailing smoothly behind the server's head?? 


I can highly recommend getting tickets for the Monte Carlo Tennis Open - small venue, big tennis stars, and a glorious setting - What's not to like?? For more shadow shots this week, click HERE for Shadow Shot Sunday...

Monday, December 10, 2012

Shifty Shades of Grey....


This is the view from my classroom window, and Port Hercule, Monaco is usually bathed in sunshine under bright blue Riviera skies with the glinting of polished chrome on the yachts flashing across the water, but I quite like these uncharacteristic shifting shades of grey.......


The muted shades and tones of the mist, mountains and the mirror-like glassy grey surface of the water are all rather appealing, but hang on a minute this is Monaco......Nothing like a fluorescent shocking pink surreal stiletto to break the grey.......What is the occasion??


No Finish Line is a hugely popular and well supported charity event held every November whereby competitors jog, run and walk round a circuit clocking up the km on their chipped ankle bracelets - all for a very good cause...


More splashes of vivid and vibrant colour against that background of grey - with Santa making an early appearance to herald the imminent start of the festive season....


What colour has been on your radar this week??

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday 156 - Monaco


I am in London right now suffering endless rain and flash flooding, so here is a shot of the Presidential Palace up on the Rock on a bright sunny summer's day in Monaco.....For more shadow shots this week, click HERE for Shadow Shot Sunday. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday 155 - Monaco


Looking over the edge of the Rock in Monaco, I noticed this empty playground below with its shadowy swing and shadowy trees simply awaiting children to come and play. The more conventional shot that everyone else was taking was this scenic view of Fontvielle harbour...


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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday 151 - Monaco


This week's shadow shot is ghoulish I know, and rather reminds me of my time in Mexico, a country saturated in skulls and skeletons as part of The Day of the Dead imagery. This piece is part of the Marc Quinn exhibition at the Oceanographic Museum, Monaco, reviewed in the previous post, and is ironically entitled "Waiting for Godot"!! It also has more than a few echoes of the work of another well-known contemporary artist Damien Hirst whose skeletal and skull pieces do really well in Mexico....


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Marc Quinn in Monaco


"The Littoral Zone" - an exhibition by British artist Marc Quinn has just opened at the Oceanographic Museum here in Monaco...


Consisting of 62 works ranging from sculptures and photographs to paintings and installations, it is a site specific exhibition designed for display in this particular space. Quinn's works interact with and complement the permanent exhibits of the Museum, so that for example in the Whale Hall, his skeletal sculptures are placed beneath the great bones of the sea creatures from times gone by...


The permanent collection of the Museum is a real treat in itself with this beautiful aquarium...


More of Quinn's sculptures are displayed up on the roof terrace - delicate flowers that complement the delicate beauty of the shells and the artwork made from shells already on display in the permanent collection..


Much of the work deals with the theme of evolution, evolving creatures, and the beauty of the natural cycle of life and death, clearly shown by this huge sculpture at the entrance of the museum...


The exhibition is on until October and is very well worth visiting. The Oceanographic Museum is located up on the rock and costs 14 Euros for adult entry. Enjoy!!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday 150 - Monaco


Cars are not a typical feature of posts on this blog, but when you are working in Monaco, and they are parked for display right outside your school, it is a little hard to avoid or ignore them.....


....And I have to admit that even I was more than a little charmed by the real vintage cars - the Bugattis, Maseratis, Alfa Romeos from the twenties, thirties, and forties complete with their starting handles!!


The cars were all on display prior to the Historic Grand Prix which took place here in Monaco last weekend, and the cars were from every decade from the twenties to the eighties, and obviously drew a very large crowd of car enthusiasts....


So for all you car enthusiasts out there in the blogosphere, feast your eyes on the following...



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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday 149 - Monte Carlo, Monaco



Who is this crowd of photographers eagerly awaiting??


None other than Nadal, of course, seen here beating a decidedly dejected Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 at the recent Monte Carlo Open, thus winning the trophy for the eighth time in a row, and perhaps more importantly, breaking a run of seven losses against the Number One - Eighth time lucky all round!!


And where else could you watch the world's top tennis players in such a beautiful setting squeezed between the mountains and the sea....??


.....complete with a cruise ship gliding by behind your head as you serve......!!


This is a tournament I shall definitely be returning to next year...in the meantime check out other shadow shots this week by clicking here....Enjoy!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bloom with a view......Jardin Exotique, Monaco


All along the French Riviera, there are the most amazing views, and the most amazing gardens.....


This view is looking down on Monaco - at the Rock with the Palais, and Fontvielle Harbour from the Jardin Exotique perched on the top of the crags opposite...


This garden is home to the world's largest collection of cacti and succulents, and you wander delightfully lost in  a maze of paths, slopes and bridges as the gardens spread down the steep hills of Moneghetti, always, however,  with impressive spectacular views of this tiny principality....



The gardens are open from 9am to 6pm and entrance is 7 Euros. Take Bus 2 from outside the Monaco Tourism Office to get you up that hill to start your visit....Enjoy!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Weekend Reflections 1 - Sky Mirror, Monaco.



Set in front of Monaco's famous casino is the sky mirror (1999) - a work by renowned artist Anish Kapoor .....


From one direction you can view the pefect reflection of the casino itself in a panoramic symmetrical skyline......

                                             

You can also find all kinds of quirky angles to view the immediate surroundings, although most people come here just to see all the swanky cars parked outside the Casino itself....and peoplewatch.....


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