Monday, 20 November 2017

EARLY MORNING FLY-PAST


An early morning visit to Limeuil where we were greeted by an early morning fly-past by these swans. A good start to the day ...

Limeuil
Dordogne
Decembre 2013

Saturday, 18 November 2017

STATUE DE LA HARDE DES CERFS



This statue of a herd of deer by Arthur-Jacques Leduc was unveiled in the Luxembourg Gardens in 1891.

Photographed on an icy winter afternoon, the stag stands guarding his herd, watching and sniffing the air.

OJ

Friday, 17 November 2017

SEPTEMBER IN PARIS


Is there a "best time" to visit Paris? My choice would be late summer/early autumn or spring - when the hours of daylight are not too long or too short and the temperature is not too hot or too cold - and of course when the gardens are at their best ... 


Jardins du Luxembourg
PARIS
Septembre 2011

Thursday, 16 November 2017

PETANQUE IN THE PARK


Petanque is viewed by many as more than a game - the determination with which it is played and the meticulous with which the lie of the balls is measured, show that this is a serious business!
I took this photo in the Jardins du Luxembourg where a group of men had congregated, as I am sure they have regularly in the past, for a game before heading on home.

OJ

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

KEEPING COOL


While young tourists cool down in this Jardin du Luxembourg pool, French senators engage in heated debate in the Luxembourg Palace! The 17th century building has been the seat of the French Senate since 1958.

OJ

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG CAROUSEL


I first heard of the "stick and rings" game played by children while riding the Jardin du Luxembourg carousel when I listened to Adam Gopnick's reading of his book "Paris to the Moon". It is a game which tests the eye-hand coordination of the children. Once they have snared all the rings on their stick, their only reward is the joy of finally achieving this long-awaited goal. The complicity of the carousel operator in making the task a little easier, is never complained about!

If you love Paris, you will love this book!

H


Monday, 13 November 2017

COLD CONVERSATIONS


The midwinter cold did not stop groups of people sitting under the leafless trees discussing ... who knows what.

But their heated discussions and their earnestness seemed to be enough to defend them against the chill.

Les Jardins du Luxembourg
Paris
Decembre 2013