2009-03 (Mar 2009)

 31 March 2009


Dental clinics in Hungary are sprouting like mushrooms!
The country is Europe’s number one in Dental Tourism (and yours truly is one happy dental client!)


30 March 2009


Budapest, Hungary


 29 March 2009


Today is my flight to Budapest so before we went to Nice airport, we drove by the Promenade for some lunch.
Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France

 28 March 2009


Dining Al Fresco
Saorge, Roya Valley, France


27 March 2009


We went exploring Roquebrune cap Martin after our errand in Menton. Roquebrune is another jewel of the south of France, another discovery. I saw this private enclave of a villa and the colour of the sea and the flowers in the garden made the spot a great photographic opportunity….
Roquebrune cap Martin, Alpes Maritimes, France


26 March 2009


Violets.  oh yeah, it’s springtime!
Saorge, Roya Valley, Alpes Maritimes, France

25 March 2009


All tied up, ready for delivery!
At a ceramic shop, Salernes, Provence, France

24 March 2009


My dream van!
Breil sur Roya, Alpes Maritimes, France

23 March 2009


As the name of this passageway – Via Oscura – suggests, it is definitely an obscure way to get home.
Fanghetto, Liguria, Italy

22 March 2009


Saorge, Alpes Maritimes, France


21 March 2009


The profusion of flowers in Italian cemeteries is a normal spectacle.  Photographs of the dead also form part of the tombstones.  In this part of the world, the living rever their dead for eternity.
Cimitero di Ventimiglia, Liguria, Italy

20 March 2009


Breil sur Roya, Alpes Maritimes, France

19 March 2009


A rally in Nice.  The protesters, instead of raising their fist,  were actually swaying to the rock and roll beat of the band’s  music.    Their demands were all being expressed on the lyrics of the band’s song.
Nice, France

18 March 2009


Walking along Dob Utca (Dob Road), this medieval looking passageway attracted my attention.  It leads to a courtyard where old houses are standing.  Looking at the age-worn walls, I felt I was walking back in time…
Budapest, Hungary

17 March 2009


I have a feeling this is a “communist-era” doorbell…
Budapest, Hungary 

16 March 2009


The new 109-metre Samsung Control Tower has been the new landmark of Vienna Airport since October 2007.  It is  currently one of the tallest airport control towers in Europe.
Vienna, Austria

15 March 2009


This 16th century village is perched on a ridge so narrow that the four streets comprising it run parallel, close together, along the top. 
Castellar, Alpes-Maritimes, France

 14 March 2009


Once upon a time, rural houses were built without toilets.  Men just went out of the house to relieve themselves.  It was only in the 20th century when they started contemplating the building of permanent potties indoors.  But where to put one when each space of the house was already utilized for something else?  They later found a solution.  They went smashing a small part of the wall to make a hole and built an outdoor cubicle attached to it.  Now  you see protruding small boxes like the one on the right as the spot for modern toilets.
Piene,  Valley de la Roya, France

13 March 2009


Sailors of the future go a sailing in March.
It’s the time of the year when children commence their sailing lessons  in mediterranean waters.
Cros de Cagnes, Alpes-Maritimes, France


12 March 2009


All adorned ready for the Fete de l’Olive (olive festival) this Sunday (15 March)!
Castellar, Alpes-Maritimes, France

  11 March 2009


Snowcapped mountains above Nice..yes, that’s the Alps!
Autoroute 8, outskirts of Nice, France

10 March 2009 


Driving through the coastal road of Menton, we saw these scattered bush fires above spreading rapidly. Forest fires are a normal summer disaster  in the south of France but this one seems to come very early – in March.
Menton, Alpes Maritime, France

09 March 2009


“Speechless….” (I am!)
Sospel, Alpes-Maritimes, France

08 March 2009


Murals to the Ladies’ restroom. Foreground is the old lavoir which is a public place for washing clothes. The continuously flowing water is sourced from a spring or river. To protect from the sun or rain, lavoirs are provided with roofs. Some lavoirs date back to the 10th Century.
Sospel, France

 07 March 2009


A hole in the wall.  It’s a mailbox!
Rue de Sospel, Alpes Maritimes, France

 06 March 2009


This establishment used to be a Mercerie and Bonneterie (Haberdashery and Hosiery), closed down, and now being occupied as a property agency.  They still kept the sign though, which is good.
Sospel, Alpes-Maritimes, France

 05 March 2009


What a cute storesign!  Let me translate: 
The Two (or Both)
Pet Shop concept

(Looking at the window display, I saw animal food, dog leashess, ratkillers, among other…)
Sospel, Alpes-Maritimes, France

04 March 2009


Snowcapped mountains around us… lovely!
Breil-sur-Roya, Alpes-Maritimes, France

03 March 2009


Chapelle de la Misericorde, 17th century, Pure Baroque style
Every summer, free organ concerts are held in Baroque churches of the Nice-Liguria route and this church is one of the venues. I look forward to that!
Breil-sur-Roya, Alpes Maritime, France

02 March 2009


Bunch of mimosas for sale.
For the adventurous (and the pennypinchers), a trip to the hills can get you free mimosas straight from the trees.
Olivetta-San Michele, Liguria, Italy

01 March 2009


It’s mimosa time! 
Every February and March, the south of France extending to the Italian Riviera turns golden yellow owing to the coming out of mimosas.  They not only herald the approach of spring, they also exude the sweetest scent.   Mimosas are cultivated on the hills and their flowers sold throughout France.
Valley de la Roya, France

8 thoughts on “2009-03 (Mar 2009)”

  1. Hi Super Mario!
    Thanks for visiting! While waiting for chance to come here, keep reading for some virtual travelling!

  2. Hi Maria Adams,

    I read your article about Italy, and its beautiful! Italy is a dream place for me. I hope you can give some advice on what steps should I take to finally achieve this dream. I’m an incoming college student this year and I’ll definitely put ‘Work in Italy!’ in my career plan.

    What jobs are in demand there? should I learn their language? Btw, I also love Prague, haaay … sana I’m choosing the right course para makapagwork dyan.


  3. hi, i’m so marveled by those pictures taken in italy,
    the moment i saw it.. i fell in love.. naks!
    hope i could also travel there in the days to come..
    thank you for the inspiration!

  4. Hello Constance
    I don’t blame you! Italy is the only country that makes my heart racing everytime I watch a documentary about it on tv! It’s my most favorite country and I like their carefree attitude. It’s like, they are always happy and more than the material things in life (except their cars, of course!), they are giving more priority to their families, to their meals, to their friends, to the way they look, and everything!

    I know of a friend who is taking up post-graduate studies in Architecture, in Lecco. She found the scholarship offer on the internet, applied and got accepted!

    Definitely go to Italy! I love love the country!!

  5. hello kamil!

    another Italophile here! Haay…your comments and that of Constance are now making my heart racing!

  6. Maria Adams takes for that advise, i’ll try that out thank you!

    Try ko rin mag apply as an au pair, just to experience their culture nabasa ko months lang naman ang stay. :)

  7. hello, i saw your comment complimenting me about the nice design of my website and the nice name mariadams.com…i accidentally deleted your comments as it was among several spam msgs….sorry!!! pls re-send your message so i can thank you….mariadams

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