All posts by mariadam

"Pinay" is slang for a woman.born in the Philippines. I have been living in France for the last 12 years and taking photos is my passion. My husband and I move a lot, travelling and sometimes living from one European city to another. We live in Paris at the moment. I have been to so many cities but the City of Romance is still my favorite. I love to capture the everyday life of Europe particularly Paris and through this blog I would like to share my visual experiences with you. Enjoy and feel free to ask questions about the pictures.


We were driving in France, approaching the Italian border when we made a stop at an “aire” (highway stop) to take a panoramic glimpse (and take photos) of Monaco, probably more than a thousand meters below where we were.




A multi-million-euro rooftop apartment with its gardens

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Penthouse pools


The cemetery bordered by cypress trees


Monaco is a popular cruise ship destination.



Casino de Montecarlo


Charlie enjoying the sights of Monaco below.

The Flamingoes in Palavas les Flots

Here are my repeated attempts at photographing the flamingoes, not so brilliant because it’s been grey or cloudy since we arrived. Wish the sun comes out tomorrow then perhaps I might be able to capture clearer details of these pink beauties!
We count ourselves lucky to find this little gem of a coastal town near Montpellier. Called “Palavas les flots”, it has the fishing village charm with the Mediterranean sea on one side and natural ponds and lakes on the other, a nature reserve attracting many migratory birds and wildlife. We saw an otter last night, just under the bridge, a lot of strange looking birds and of course the flock of flamingoes! We just love this place!



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