Pictures of the Day
30 December 2009
A moving train through the clouds
Trying to practice on spanning using low shutter speed……
One of the many giant Christmas trees in Menton
So Santa can reach his destination faster!
Christmas lights in Menton
29 December 2009
We just finished off the last bite of our Christmas turkey today and what a best way to shed off those festive pounds than to do some gentle exercise: walking! Three hours of “gasping-for-breath” climbing uphill to Saorge, but the effort was well rewarded by breathtaking sights and fascinating village displays…
door to a boutique
26 December 2009
25 December 2009
H: Do we have thyme for our roast turkey tomorrow?
M: None, but we could get them on the hills. Come, let’s go hiking, I’ll take a bag with me.
And so the two went to look for thyme on the hills…
stopping by to admire the fascinating flora on the way.
There’s the thyme!
Voila, le thyme!
And H and M lived happily ever after….THE END
23 December 2009
“So now you’re a published author!”, my husband exclaimed as I was slowly waking up this morning. I saw Philstar’s email just before I went to bed last night, telling me that my story has been chosen for publication.
Finally, my efforts are starting to bear fruit, dear readers! I thank this site, “A Pinay in Europe” for the practice I gained in writing, plus of course your continued kudos to my articles. That kept me going.
So, instead of the usual virtual card of Christmas greetings, my offering to you this festive season is the moral lesson of my story.
I would like to invite you to read it.
A Christmas tradition interrupted
by Shirley B. Adams
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Christmas time is one of the best times to be in Paris. I wish I am there now to photograph all the Christmas scenes, but since I am not, I will just content myself to looking at the photos I’ve taken of last year..
Les Quatre Temps Mall in La Defense
Running out of Christmas decor ideas? Let me share with you how they do it here in this part of the world:
In the Italian Riviera:
21 December 2009
It’s the time of the year when I need to go out shopping for gifts to my friends and loved ones.
19 December 2009
17 December 2009
Christmas and Nativity scenes in Fontan, Roya Valley
16 December 2009
Went for a brief morning walk to Saorge today to get some muscles moving…
15 December 2009
Went to Monaco today for a quick look at the Chrismas decorations. Great! There is a Christmas market going on by the promenade. At 2:30pm, it was a bit quiet, nothing like the whopping crowd we see in the summer.
Time out from shopping
marshmallows…i like it dark, please
The giant swimming pool by the harbour which attracts a mammoth crowd in the summer has been transformed into a skating rink.
14 December 2009
13 December 2009
The Santons of Provence gracing our village Christmas Market
Handmade chapeaux for sale
12 December 2009
One of my favorite exercise when exploring a village, town or city is to peer at private gardens. I love gardens but I just don’t have time to maintain one anymore, let alone deadhead my one and only pot of geraniums so I just make do with enjoying someone else’s garden. But my enjoyment is not complete if I don’t photograph the scene. That way, I could also share with you the awesome sights that had my heart racing!
Private gardens in Bordighera (Italy)
11 December 2009
Christmas lights in Breil sur Roya, France
10 December 2009
Oooppss..I ran out of hooks! To pass off the winter indoors, I’ve been hanging some of our multitude of picture frames along the staircase to, hopefully, turn that part of the house into a gallery. But I ran out of hooks and the closest DIY shop is Tende, a 10-minute drive away. Of course, I don’t leave home without my twin (what else but the camera!) so when I saw these snow-capped mountains, I had to walk 100 meters up the old town to have this view. So you see, living in this part of the world is like holidaying everyday!
The train viaduct is the railway route from Nice (France) to Cuneo (Italy)
08 December 2009
On the other side of Breil
(/sur Roya, France)
Facade of the Olive Mill Museum
Ode to an English rose
A mural shrine
The notorious poison ivy with her berries
07 December 2009
06 December 2009
Even if we live in France where the women are renowned to be chic, we are eternally amazed by the sight of Italian women who are definitely more chic than their next door sisters, naturally vougish and feel very comfortable with their looks.
We witnessed this fashion culture again today, Sunday, when we saw them coming out of the church. One would think that there is a fashionable gathering going on but in reality, Italians treat their day of religious worship as a special day. So special that they have to wear their best clothes.
..and partner them with the most stylish boots
..and the most stylish coat
Their bags also form part of their fashion statement
And they start them young
Winter is also a good season to dress up
Dating in Bordighera
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It was 12 o’clock, time for lunch but we were not yet hungry as we had a heavy breakfast this morning. What to have? Take an aperitivo.
Aperitivos in Italy is like a meal in itself, the only difference is, it is lighter, and cheaper. It consists of light alcoholic drink and little bites of various snacks. We were already enjoying the little bowls of chips, pretzels and peanuts (above)…
..when the proprietor put another plate before us, containing of grisini, sausages, toast with pâté and chunks of pizza.
The cost of all these: 6euros! (or 3euros per person)
A panatoni christmas tree…hmmmm I prefer them with honey, please!!
05 December 2009
The roof tiles of Breil
04 December 2009
Let me share with you the 3-course meal that costs us 12.50euros only:
At 1:30pm, the restaurant was full but the proprietor asked us to return after 10minutes when most customers would have finished their meals.
Score: 8/10….Lovely! No wonder the place was fully-packed with diners! Good food and cheap, service is impeccable. We went home full and satisfied! The half-liter red wine was quite expensive at 8euros though. Next time, we’ll just have water. It’s free!
03 December 2009
02 December 2009
In my terrace after a freezing night:
01 December 2009