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.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

they're back


White asparagus is a local specialty here and they were everywhere in last Sunday's market.

Monday, May 14, 2018

not your typical food truck


No, here is a wine truck, a vintage (shall we say) Citroën.  This one specializes in wines of the region around the city of Tours known as Touraine (which includes Amboise).  On this day it was cleverly parked at the main entrance to the huge Sunday market in Amboise.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

on the road again


Well, make that, on the path again.  As spring is unfolding here, cycle tourists have begun to arrive in their usual large numbers.  This section of the area's cycling super highway (Loire à Velo) runs right through central Amboise.  Normally, the path is asphalt but along this short section it is a stone extension of the levee seen in the lower left.  The Loire river is off to the right.  So come join the crowds "that are goin' places they've never been, seein' things they may never see again".  (Tip of the hat to Willie.)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

50th anniversary of the Méhari


This past long weekend, Amboise hosted the Méhari car clubs of France to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of this "unusual" vehicle.  They were manufactured by Citröen in the same genre as the Mini-Moke (BMC) and "The Thing" (VW).  The Méhari chassis is based on the classic 2CV but with a plastic, open-sided body.  It weighs around 1200 pounds (540 KG).  Between 1968 and 1988, fewer than 150,000 units were produced.  It was a major precursor to the world-wide off-road SUV phenomenon.

At least 300 of these impeccably maintained machines descended from all over France.  The owner's had a wonderful time showing them off and taking driving tours around the area.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Victory in Europe Day 2018


On this day in 1945, World War II officially ended in Europe.  Today in Amboise, a ceremony was conducted which included the laying of flowers on a memorial by the kids.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

sunset on the tulips


Their show is over for this year, but they had quite the run.

(No tulip was injured in the making of this shot.  I was lucky to find it this way, flaps down, staring into the sunset.)

Thursday, May 3, 2018

shadow box


To me this window shutter has a certain Joseph Cornell look to it.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

CDP Theme Day for May - "laugh"


The first of every month is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo and today's theme is "laugh".  Here, it's "Miller Time" for these participants in a historical reenactment spectacle on the grounds of Clos Lucé.

To see how the others interpreted this theme click here.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

end of the sunset drought


This is the first post of a sunset that I have taken in the last seven months.  (Now I did sneak in a couple of older ones 'cause I was so desperate, but they don't count.)  I'm hoping it is indeed the end of the drought.