Saturday, 27 August 2016

THE OCEAN


"Ocean. A body of water occupying two-thirds of a world made for man                          - who has no gills!"
Ambrose Bierce, 1906





Friday, 26 August 2016

BIRD FEEDER OF NOTRE DAME


This gentleman has become very popular with the bird population of the Ile de la Cite.  Through regular visits to the Place du Parvis in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral, a great deal of patience and a substantial investment in bird seed, he has trained the sparrows and pigeons to eat from his outstretched hand. 

OJ

Thursday, 25 August 2016

STEEP CLIMB TO CHATEAU DE BEYNAC


The clifftop Chateau de Beynac is surrounded by the medieval village of Beynac-et-Cazenac.

It is a steep climb through the narrow streets, but certainly worth it.

The first mention of Beynac is found in 1115 when Maynard de Beynac made a gift to the sisters at Fontevrault Abbey. 

Janvier 2014

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

BUSY RIVER


The Seine is a very busy waterway and in fact has been for centuries. These days the bateaux mouches ferry tourists up and down the river with guides pointing out historic sites on the banks. The Batobus water taxi offers a service to commuters looking for something different and less crowded than the Metro. Large barges carry the garbage of Paris upstream to recycling and processing depots and smaller boats transport building material probably far quicker than heavy duty trucks fighting their way through congested streets.

Juillet 2010 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

JAZZ QUARTET IN THE RUE MOUFFETARD


Sunday morning in the Rue Mouffetard - busy shoppers everywhere and a jazz quartet thumping out a variety of American classics. Their audience, ranging in age from 3 to 83, enthusiastically showing their foot-stomping appreciation!

A memorable Parisian moment!

Decembre 2013

Monday, 22 August 2016

Saturday, 20 August 2016

PETANQUE IN PARIS



Petanque is believed to be the favourite sport of Parisians. Any piece of open ground is converted into a playing field by enthusiasts of a range of ages and levels of competence.

The competitors display varying degrees of skill, but always go about their games with focused concentration despite the playing fields being far from level! 

OJ