Saturday, July 22, 2017

morning light

I was up really early when I took this shot of the château before sunrise.

Friday, July 21, 2017

the dig 2017

There's an ongoing archaeological dig in Amboise and this summer's work is in full swing.  The site dates back to the Gallo-Roman era. There is an exhibition of the project in the church St-Florentine that explains it all while the museum in the city hall has actual artifacts from the dig on display.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

la cloche de l'église de Rilly-sur-Loire

I recently had the rare opportunity to visit the bell tower of this nearby church while a friend worked on the clock (and that's a story in itself for another day).  By standing on a very tall ladder I could just barely squeeze through an opening to get this shot of the biggest of the church bells.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

it's about time

One of our Amboise friends repairs watches for a living but is also a collector of clocks of all sorts.  This is just a sample of them.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

first time fishing in the Loire

Standing in the cool water on a summer's day... does it get any better than this?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

at last, the balloon ride !

Well after six years in Amboise, I finally took my first balloon (aka montgolfière in French) ride with my visiting son-in-law from the States.  The pilot was skilled enough to "steer" us over the château in Amboise and Chenonceau.  It was fantastic.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Theme Day July - motion

The first of every month is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo.  Today the theme is "motion" and you can see how they interpreted this them here.  Today also being the first day of the Tour de France, I just had to post a photo taken at a local race in the streets of Amboise.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

canoe ride on the Loire

Finally, after living in Amboise for about seven years, I took my first canoe ride on the Loire with a visiting American friend.  We started near Château Chaumont (in the photo background) and ended in Amboise.  It was a beautiful day and an easy downstream ride.

Friday, June 9, 2017


This is how the dinner was prepared at Château Gaillard.

I'm going to be on the road for a few weeks collecting more photos for you, so ADP (as well as my other blog France and Beyond) will be on vacation until I get back.  A bientôt.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

the Amboise brocante 2017

Each year there is a huge brocante* here and you never know what you're going to find. Although I always know I will find some good photo-ops.

*Brocantes are like flea markets with both professional sellers and locals wanting to clear out their attics.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Château Gaillard 2017

The château continues it multi-year renovation project and I always look forward to see what progress has been made.  This past year they have really focused on re-creating the gardens that made the château famous.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

hangin' out with the wisteria

Even when not in full bloom, the wisteria still adds a nice soft touch to this local hotel facade.

Monday, June 5, 2017

the brass band festival 2017

The annual brass band festival was this weekend.  And bands from all over Europe descend on Amboise to compete.  So there are formal competition events as well as many casual strolling bands around town to entertain us locals as well as the tourists.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

the poppy path

Yesterday's post showed a poppy growing on this path on top of the levee.  The levee protects Amboise from flooding by the Loire river.

Friday, June 2, 2017

the poppies are back !

Here, they are called coqueclicots and can now be seen everywhere, especially along roads and paths. I found this one on a path on top of the levee.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Theme Day nature - "Jackson Pollock naturally"

The first of every month is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo and today's theme is "nature".  To see how the other interpreted this theme click here.

For me, this tree severely encrusted with lichens reminds me of the quote "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life" (Oscar Wilde, 1889).   

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sunday market

We just had a four day weekend in France as a result of a holiday on Thursday.  As a result the regular Sunday market was slammed with locals and tourists.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Rose Fest 2017

The annual Rose Festival is this weekend at Chédigny, not far from Amboise.  The village is famous for its homes that are swaddled in roses.  The festival draws visitors from all over France and even the world.  It's a great way to spend an afternoon admiring the homes and taking pictures of them, lounging in the shaded refreshment areas, pouring over the local arts and crafts, and listening to all kinds of live music.  I was stunned to hear this fellow playing "The City of New Orleans" (made famous by Arlo Guthrie in the '70s).

Monday, May 22, 2017

the fair at Amboise

Every May there is what I would call a "home" fair in Amboise.  It's an opportunity for vendors of home products  and services that are in and around Amboise to display their wares.  As a photographer, I really love the white tents and in this case, the shadows on them.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

the dovecote at Clos Lucé

Yesterday I (digitally) posted a shot of the interior of this clever building.  I say clever because the following is a description that is (physically) posted outside:

"The dovecote or "fuye" of the Château du Clos Lucé was built in 1480 by Etienne le Loup ....  The dovecote, unique of its kind in the Touraine, consists of a square exterior and an octagonal interior, and is built of brick, tuta limestone and mortar.  The angles between the outer and inner walls allow for a constant circulation of air essential for the successful hatching and rearing of young birds.  Two thirds of the way up the outside wall is the "larmier", a flat outcrop of projecting stones, convex on the lower side, to which slates were nailed to prevent predators, rats, ferrets, weasels, from climbing into the dovecote to steal eggs, drink the blood of young pigeons and drive away the parent birds.  A gap at the base of the roof timers allowed the birds to enter and leave the dovecote.  The roof is covered in flat tiles and topped by a finial in the form of a phallus, symbolizing fertility."

Saturday, May 20, 2017

inside the dovecote at Clos Lucé

This amazing dovecote (shelter for raising pigeons) at Clos Lucé was built in 1480, about 30 years before the arrival of Leonardo da Vinci there.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

the Renaissance juggler

This juggler put on quite a show at a recent special event at Clos Lucé.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

first sunset

The first Saturday sunset of the season (on ADP anyway).

Thursday, May 4, 2017

asparagus season

Our area is famous for its white asparagus and the markets are brimming with them.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Theme Day - "let's eat!"

The first of every month is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo.  To see how the others interpreted today's theme click here.

I had to do a little digging for a decent photo for today's theme and so this shot of tomatoes was actually taken in September at a nearby Tomato Festival.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

the old wisteria

This is the biggest and probably oldest wisteria I've seen around town.  It's right next to the Office of Tourism so it's a great show for the many tourists in the spring.