Pictures of the Day
30 November 2009
29 November 2009
28 November 2009
Autumn in the valley
It’s not a toy, it’s not an airshow. It’s a helicopter dropping bagloads of water into a brewing forest fire in Tende
Through the back door
26 November 2009
The ladies of Avignon
After driving some 10 hours to home, we stopped in Avignon to spend the night and, to do some exploring. I have always dreamed of going to this medieval town particularly in July so I could experience the Theatre Festival which is renowned the world over.
French gastronomy in French soil is still affordable. Try eating this in London or New York and it will cost you a fortune.
Not only a city of culture, it is also of art.
The bridge that made Avignon famous – the 15th century Pont d’Avignon or Saint Benezet bridge.
25 November 2009
24 November 2009
Back to East England
That would make a lot of apple tarts, that is, if someone is interested to pick them
Flint stones are indigenous in East Anglia that they are commonly used as walls in place of bricks
23 November 2009
In Wales, you don’t see a still plant or tree. They are always swaying in different directions.
22 November 2009
We saw a proliferation of these white stuff encrusted rocks on the beach. This is the common quartz used in making watches and jewellery.
21 November 2009
The coastal community of Saundersfoot, Western Wales
Surfing is a popular sport in Welsh beaches
20 November 2009
The drive to Wales
Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. I’ve been to the first two. Today, I will be stepping on the third’s territory for the first time. If you are not confused yet, I am simply referring to Wales.
Too bad, I saw Wales when the weather was bad. But if I will analyze all of H’s tales of his childhood excursions in Wales, I come to the conclusion that the bad weather forms part of the country’s natural landscape.
The Severn Bridge which connects England and Wales. Our car was charged £5.40 for going into Wales, but free on our way out.
After driving 4 hours from east of England where we originated, we decided to stop for a much-needed knee-stretching. Of course, we made sure it is in Wales territory. We wanted to have a feel of how this titlesake of Charles, the Prince of Wales, is like.
A language that has no resemblance to English at all.
19 November 2009
Took the ferry boat from Dunkerque (France) to Dover (UK) and despite the inclement weather which tilted the boat endlessly during the two-hour crossing, we arrived in the UK in three pieces: H, myself and the car.
Gambling machines have become part of the British leisure retailing landscape. You see them in shopping centers, inside passenger boats (like the picture above), in pubs and in leisure centers.
…and still another
Back to the motorway
18 November 2009
Driving on the way to the UK, we stopped at the medieval town of Laon in Picardy, France. Never have I seen such a mysterious and awesome place as this town. It’s like a setting of a film set.
They label it as “Montagne Couronnée” (crowned mountain) because of the towers of the Notre Dame Cathedral which look like a crown on the summit of the hill.
It’s like the setting of the film, Da Vinci Code. I could see the figure of Tom Hanks in just about every corner.
17 November 2009
16 November 2009
In Nice (Cote d’Azur) today:
One of our favorite megastore to visit, when in Nice, is Fnac. It’s not only a camera, mobile phone, music and electronics shop, they also have a bookshop that has a wide selection of titles.
Noticeable is the large area dedicated to cartoon books. This seems to be the trend now.
No visit to Fnac is complete without having a coffee and muffin at their coffee shop.
It’s not only cheap, their brewed coffee is the best in Nice, I think. And their muffins are huge. One is enough for two people.
The coffee shop is popular for book browsers. Here you can read books while sipping coffee and then return them on the shelves after use. I saw one reader photographing a page via his mobile phone. I wonder what was he interested in.
In St Laurent du Var (Cote d’Azur)
A flowered city with a seaside resort. There is a huge marina and the coast is dotted with hotels, water sports facilities and gastronomic restaurants.
Pick or Pay! Picking up your dog poop is not complicated. Otherwise, you will get fined of 450Euros! (and I always thought that there is no law in France against leaving your dog’s poop on the pavement!)
In Cros de Cagnes (Cote d’Azur)
Used to be a fishing village but now popular for sailing enthusiasts and sunbathing tourists. It is the seaside portion of the main town of Cagnes sur Mer where Auguste Pierre Renoir (the painter) lived the last 11 years of his life. His house is now a museum.
The church of Cros de Cagnes.
Fish sculpture along the promenade
A pick up with a removable caravan. Cool! I wonder if there’s a sauna inside..
14 November 2009
Village of the day: Sant Antonio in Liguria, Italy
We needed to go to Menton for diesel and decided to take the scenic route via the mountains of Ventimiglia.
Self-sufficiency is apparent. Chickens, rabbits…
and vegetable gardens.
13 November 2009
“But I’m too cute to be eaten!”, says the swordfish
Okay then, I’ll just settle for the octopus!
12 November 2009
The elegance of a woman..
11 November 2009
Italian police on patrol…
10 November 2009
The houses of Saorge stacked together like pieces of lego
09 November 2009
08 November 2009
07 November 2009
A photographic Exhibition at the Palais d’Europe, Menton
“Let’s rest a bit..”
06 November 2009
05 November 2009
November is the month of chrysanthemums in France. They are the flowers of the dead so it’s a big no-no to bring chrysanths to your host who just invited you for a soiree.
It’s acceptable in France to buy your patisserie from another shop and eat it at a cafe somewhere. This is because most cafes don’t sell eatables like those above.
I quite like the bonsai. The tuberous root is so cute.
They have one pot of bonsai for each table.
This is a cute window display at a pharmacy in Menton.
Here’s another one. It’s probably stressing a point – that taking this specific vitamin supplement (tube in yellow) will make me look like that.
What I find amazing is that these cute little displays seem to be made of aluminium with holes
Here’s another cute one, a miniature umbrella in glass. Contemporary art?
04 November 2009
Went to Menton (France) today….
It was a windy day. The sea was very choppy, but the scene was mindblowing as always.
Monsieur: Thank you! Please be careful, the cleaning truck might run you over.
After Menton, we drove straight to DolceAcqua (Italy) for some errands:
Still very windy but beautiful blue sky
It was very quiet in DolceAcqua today. The tourists are all gone, just birds preparing for their migration to escape from the coming winter.
Senora has a daily morning routine
Surprising to see an Art Nouveau building here
Then we drove to the next town and saw this staggering view of Castel Vittorio (Italy). The mountain where it sits is carpetted by autumn coloured vegetation.
02 November 2009
01 November 2009
This is Berghe Superior, 370 meters high from where we live.
The one lane road going up consists of hairpin bends that incline at almost
45degrees angle. But it’s worth the climb. The view up there is impressive!
From Fontan, you can see the the red, zigzaggy road going up to Berghe.