This blog used to be about living in Mexico City and travelling throughout Mexico, but I have now moved to the French Riviera, living in Nice and working in Monaco.....Can the simple life be found here?? I will try and find out....
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Shadow Shot Sunday 217 - Paris
Inside the funky UNESCO building, Paris where I recently accompanied students to a Model United Nations conference....
As well as the amazing exterior of retro architecture and stylish James Bondesque interior....
....Check out the view from the canteen on the seventh floor where we ate lunch every day!!
For more shadow shots this week, click HERE for Shadow Shot Sunday - Enjoy!
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Labels: France, Paris, Shadow Shot Sunday
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Shadow Shot Sunday 216 - Nice
Shooting straight into the light in the Paillon Park, Nice creates some dramatic shadows on a November day when the sky was the bluest of blues......For more shadow shots from around the world, click here for Shadow Shot Sunday....Enjoy!
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Labels: France, French Riviera, Nice, Shadow Shot Sunday
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Imperia - A day out at the olive oil festival
Autumn is the time for harvesting the olives and November is the time to celebrate that harvest and the riches it produces down on the Ligurian Coast in Italy. The streets are full with stalls selling olive oil and other delicious Italian specialities and there are marquees for tasting sessions, as well as restaurants putting on gourmet menus for the day. Mid- November in Imperia is a lovely festive day out at the start of winter......
Don't hesitate to visit if you get the chance - it is only one hour from Nice by car, or 40 minutes on the train from Ventimiglia....Enjoy!!
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Saturday, November 15, 2014
Shadow Shot Sunday 215 - Vernazza, Cinque Terre
You can always rely on Italy for an endless supply of photogenic washing lines complete with shadows......for more shadow shots this week, click HERE for Shadow Shot Sunday. Enjoy!!
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Labels: Italy, Shadow Shot Sunday
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Shadow Shot Sunday 214 - Sant Angelo - Rome
A shadowy corner in the old Jewish Ghetto Quarter in Rome - Sant Angelo - which proved to be a delightful and charming neighbourhood to wander and browse....for more shadow shots this week, click here for Shadow Shot Sunday - Enjoy!!
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Labels: Italy, Shadow Shot Sunday
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Shadow Shot Sunday 213 - London
Late afternoon shadows lengthen across the lawns of Marble Hill House in London - along the river between Richmond and Twickenham. For more shadow shots visit Shadow Shot Sunday - Enjoy!
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Labels: Architecture, London, Shadow Shot Sunday
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Last weekend I was still sitting on the beach and swimming in the sea, but this weekend the weather is starting to change, so I decided to head for the hills and look for some Autumnal beauty....
Such beauty was not hard to find up in the Roya valley in a little town called Breil - a centre for hiking, rafting and canyoning in the mountains. As you can see the setting is very pretty and this is matched by some stunning baroque architecture....
...as well as some pretty coloured houses juxtaposed with some gorgeous weathering and textured walls and doorways...
but the best colours to be found yesterday were the Autumn hues of the foliage - especially that fiery red...
Who can resist photographing Nature's finest in all its Autumn glory??
Breil-Sur-Roya is easily reachable from Nice by taking le Train de Merveilles from Nice-Ville railway station. The journey is one hour plus there are lots of other lovely stops on the line. Enjoy!
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Labels: Architecture, Art and Culture, France, French Riviera, Magic villages
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Shadow Shot Sunday 212 - Javea, Spain
Is there anything more serene than sitting on a sundrenched beach under a sunshade looking out to sea?............For more shadow shots click here for Shadow Shot Sunday - Enjoy!
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Browsing around Bussana Vecchia....
First founded in 1050AD by one of the Counts of Ventimiglia, prospering as part of the Republic of Genoa from the 13th century onwards, the development of Bussana Vecchia was halted abruptly by an earthquake on 23rd February 1887. The village was destroyed and abandoned....
The new village of Bussana was resituated at sea level two years later and the old village lay deserted and forgotten up on the top of the hill....until Clizia a potter and painter from Turin came here in 1959. He founded the International Community of Artists together with the poet Giovanni Fronte and a painter Vanni Giuffre. Moving mountains of rubble and restoration of the least damaged buildings began, and soon artists from France, UK, Germany, Holland, Italy, and Austria joined the growing community of international artists - even though there was no water, electricity, and sewage.....
Although threatened evictions and stand-offs against the Italian government followed in the sixties, studios, workshops, and galleries were established amongst the ruins and are still present today - although the community is in constant flux with artists coming and going......
The most poignant ruin is that of the magnificent church built 1404 - 1652 and dedicated to St Egidio - over the years it changed from a modest structure to a Romanic church and finally to a magnificent Baroque church with columns, frescoes, stucco, and six chapels and altars built into the walls. Gerolamo Comanedi, a young artist from Lugano, worked there his whole life creating these amazing friezes, paintings and stuccoes succeeded by his nephew.....Now it is a magnificent ruin inhabited only by a magnificent rooster and a few chickens.
As you can see it is a very photogenic place to visit and I did manage to get there by public transport - two trains to Ventimiglia and San Remo, followed by a bus to new Bussana and then a steep uphill climb of about 40 minutes - Well worth the effort - Enjoy!!
Posted by Catherine at 12:19 PM 4 comments:
Labels: Architecture, Art and Culture, Art Galleries, Italy, Magic villages
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Walking the Thames Path - Tower Bridge to Thames Barrier
The Thames Path is the only walking trail that follows a river from its source to the sea and this summer, I walked the final twelve mile section from Tower Bridge to the Thames Barrier where the path officially finishes....
It is a fascinating section which traces London's riverside history and industry through Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Deptford, and Greenwich passing by famous London landmarks such as the Dome, Cutty Sark and Emirates cablecar, as well as churches, statues, and classic vistas across the Thames to London Docklands.
Some sights discovered along the way are much more unusual and unexpected such as the beautifully tranquil and serene Ecology Park situated on the Greenwich Peninsula....
and the delightful Surrey Docks farm which is right on the riverside with crops, gardens and allotments as well as pigs, chickens, horses, ducks and goats.....
We were hoping for a full farm breakfast here but unfortunately the cafe is closed on Mondays, but Deptford stepped in and provided a wonderful pitstop to fuel up on a full English big, big breakfast to keep us going the rest of the way...
After this stop, we had no trouble reaching the Thames Barrier!! and another mile walk brings you to Charlton Mainline Railway Station with fast links back to London. So now I have done one third of the Thames Path (180 miles in total) - the source to Oxford and this final section - now we only need to do the middle 120 miles!!
Check the official Thames Path website for more details. Enjoy!!
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Sunday, June 29, 2014
Shadow Shot Sunday 211 - Pisa
Where can you find this rather striking geometric pattern of shadows??
Well it belongs to a bench in an art corner of Pisa.....
opposite a rather delightful jazzy gigantic Keith Haring mural entitled "Life" - perhaps not the kind of art typically associated with Renaissance Italy....
More posts will depict the more typical architectural shots of Pisa, Italy, but in the meantime enjoy the other shots submitted to Shadow Shot Sunday...
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Labels: Architecture, Art and Culture, Italy, Shadow Shot Sunday
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Summer in Saorge....
Finding a great spot for a cup of tea with a view is always part of my daytrip summer sojourns up in the mountains around Nice - and this cafe in the delightful medieval village of Saorge with its antique tea-set was just perfect....
Here is the charming village of Saorge nestled in the green hills of the Roya valley, and wandering around the quiet, narrow streets, be prepared to be astonished by the resplendent architecture and setting at every twist and turn...
Saorge is a short train ride from Nice on le train des merveilles - the journey takes about 50 minutes. Enjoy!!
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Labels: Architecture, France, French Riviera, Magic villages
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Escape into the Esterel....
Whenever it gets too hot and humid or too busy and crowded down on the coast of the Riviera, it becomes time to head for the hills - and one such perfect escape is into the Esterel - a National park in the Massif de l'Esterel....
The Massif de l"Esterel, with its characteristic richly red rocks, stretches West from Cannes and Mandlieu to St Raphael and Frejus - an area of volcanic rocks with porphyry giving the rocks its distinctive colour. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the perfect place for a peaceful walk....
A place of tranquility and serenity....
There will probably be a lot more posts like this as tourist season heats up....
Posted by Catherine at 7:01 AM 5 comments:
Labels: France, French Riviera
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Posing on the Croisette - Cannes
Who is this here posing on the Croisette at the Cannes Film Festival??
Who has created these rather arresting and striking creatures??
They are sculptures by "Rabarama" - the pseudonym of Italian contemporary artist Paola Epifani from Rome who was exhibiting at galeries Bartoux in Cannes during the recent Film Festival....
Her work is characterised by these large sculptures of posed figures - men, women and strange hybrid creatures whose skin is decorated and patterned with symbols, letters, designs, and hieroglyphs...
Check out the Galeries Bartoux who host very interesting contemporary exhibitions, and check out more of Epifani's work at her website www.rabarama.com . PS - Here are the more conventional posers from the Croisette amidst the glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival - Enjoy!!
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Labels: Art and Culture, Art Galleries, Cannes, France, French Riviera
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