Friday, August 17, 2018

is it too early think about fall when the temperatures are hovering around 90 F / 30 C ?  Not for me.  I can't wait.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

keeping the peace

And they're keeping it inside the police car just to be sure.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

hangin' out on the levee

It's August.  It's hot.  What better to do than to sit in the shade and try to catch a little breeze off of the Loire on top of the levee.  Then add in some tunes.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

les Deux-Moiselles de B

These two young women put on a spectacular show one evening this week on the main town plaza, Place Debré.  The name of the act appears to be a French play on words. The word demoiselle is a young woman and thus two (French word deux) of them make deux-moiselles.  (After a bit of internet searching, I think the B was shortened from Blanqui, the neighborhood where they live in nearby Tours.)  Anyway, they put on a very lively and amusing cabaret-type show to entertain the summer crowd in Amboise.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

no kidding

The other day in Amboise there was a solo modern dance on BMX accompanied by cello !  Both, I would say, were virtuoso performances.  I kid you not.  To me the dance felt akin to an ice dance as he was able to glide so smoothly while performing his acrobatic moves.  The musician played classical pieces and at times acted as a foil for the dancer.  You would have to have seen it to believe it.  The audience loved it, as I did.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

it was neck and neck

But what a race.  This is another in the series of sculptures that are on display in Amboise during this tourist season.  This one is really an unexpected pleasure on the levee as we don't see too many giraffes on the streets here.

Friday, August 3, 2018


The land-owner told me that this is a quince that's sharing its space with other fruit trees along the border of a vineyard.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

in process

We're a ways out from harvest time, but these guys are well on their way.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

CDP Theme Day music - down in the tunnel

Trying to make it pay.  This young performer was making beautiful classical music in the tunnel underneath the famous bell tower of Amboise.

To see how the others interpreted the theme:

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Air France

Air France has taken me off onto another adventure so I'll be taking an even longer break from posting.  But as it has been said (in a deep voice), I'll be back.

Friday, June 15, 2018

jazz man

I recently posted a photo of a sculpture of a horse near our home.  The same sculptor has several other works placed around town as a special exhibition.  It's probably not a complete coincidence that Amboise has both an equestrian school and a music school.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

a last look

The poppies are on the wane now but it has been a great season for them.  So here is one last look.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Goldfinger's Vespa

If the famous James Bond villain ever had a Vespa, this would be it.  With a side-car no less for one of the golden girls.

Monday, June 11, 2018

tunnel vision

This tunnel provides an overflow relief valve from the small river the Amasse to go directly to the much larger Loire river.  This has prevented for over a hundred years the flooding of Amboise by the Amasse.  I would say these wild flowers appropriately celebrate that.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

the storm is over

Yesterday, late afternoon.  I looked out the window and saw that while it was still raining from the passing storm, the sun was out.  I grabbed my camera and ran out, knowing exactly what I would find.

Friday, June 8, 2018

prancing in the park

This amazing sculpture has been installed near the levee where it will be seen by the many visitors to the Friday and Sunday markets as well as by tourists passing from the main parking lot to the center of town.  The work is comprised of three separate pieces to create the entire horse, but I decided to "focus" on just the front so as to better see the details.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Brass Band Festival 2018

The past weekend Amboise hosted its annual Brass Band Festival with competing bands from all over Europe.  And to the great pleasure of the locals and tourists, the bands strolled the streets and plazas playing classic tunes with great enthusiasm.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Good Day Sunshine

I need to laugh / and when the sun is out / I've got something to laugh about

Friday, May 25, 2018

gold posts

It's more likely here that you'll see fences made out of concrete rather than wood.  The latter is pretty expensive and doesn't last as long.  And to me, the stone ones just get more interesting as they get older.  I'd like to think the same is true for us.

Monday, May 21, 2018

hats off to the Loire

The Friday and Sunday market space is right on the left bank of the Loire.  It's a great opportunity to get both in the same shot.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

bienvenue à la Touraine

On a bike ride a few days ago, I discovered a little welcoming place along the bike route for cycle tourists to our region.  That region is the Touraine which is the area around the city of Tours (including Amboise).  It's famous for its wine, goat cheese, and now its cycling network.  This particular welcome was created voluntarily by one of the local residents just for the pleasure of those tourists passing by this tiny, yet charming village.  It offers them a place to take a breather, relax in the shade, and appreciate the display of the simple life of times gone by.  Of course what caught my eye was the old photographic portrait.