Wednesday, August 24, 2016

a balmy day in Amboise

We've had some wonderful weather here lately (although that's about to change).  High temperatures have been in the 20's C / 70-80's F and nice breezes. Still, since most homes do not have air conditioning, it's a good practice to close the shutters to the afternoon sun.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

les martinets - the martins

These martins often make their mud nests in the protected niche above windows.  In this case, this window belongs to the Amboise city hall (hôtel de ville).  They generally do not make too much of a mess below the nests and so their nesting should not be a problem to home owners.  And the great benefit of having lots of martins in the area is that they consume huge amounts of flying insects.

In this photo there are five martins. If you maximize the photo you may find them (click on the photo and maximize your browser window). The two in the upper left corner are easy to find clinging to their nest.  A third and its shadow can be seen in flight on the lower right.  A fourth is difficult to see in the upper left but look for the little patch of white above and to the right of its shadow.  It's coming in for a landing.  The last one is just a tail sticking out of the entrance to a nest, it's in between the first two and the fourth.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

peace on the levee

A rare moment on the levee without the crowds of tourists and one can look out over the Loire in peace.  Have a peaceful Sunday everyone.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

August sunset

Time for another Saturday sunset.  This fiery one that set the Loire on fire as well is from two weeks ago.

Friday, August 19, 2016

so many directions

With a golden low setting sun, the shadow of the directional road signs caught my eye.  And while waiting for all those usual tourists who like to photo-bomb my shots to get out of the way, I noticed that, hey, their shadows are just as interesting.  So then I started waiting for them.  Here are some more:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

la rive gauche d'Amboise

While you may be thinking that the only rive gauche (left bank) is in Paris, it turns out there is a left (and right of course) bank on any river in France.  The "left" means with respect to going downstream. Going downstream from Paris on the Seine takes you to the English channel, while going downstream from Amboise on the Loire takes you to the Atlantic.  This will be on the final.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

the sun-brushed facade

The angle of the setting sun perfectly brushed the front of this restaurant on Place Debré.

Monday, August 15, 2016

August snowflake

Spotted on the levee in Amboise.  If only it would cool things off.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Marché Nocturne d'Amboise

The Tuesday night market is held every year during July and August in front of the church Saint-Denis (which dates from the 12th century).  Of course, the sun sets between 9 and 10 pm at this time of year so there's still plenty of light for shopping the market's vendors and enjoying a nice meal of local food and wine.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

fishing in cool waters

We'll at last I'm back from a little vacation from ADP, and now the vacationing tourists have also returned to Amboise in a big way.  This is a three day weekend in France and folks have come to taste the wine at the wine fair, see the Château and Clos Lucé, canoe and kayak the Loire river, and of course do a little fishin'.  This fisherman has a great view of the interesting sand patterns left by the now long-gone high waters of spring.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

into the sunset

It's not Saturday, but here is a warm July sunset for you as I depart for a trip to the States to visit family and friends.  As a result, Amboise Daily Photo will also be on vacation while I'm gone.  See you in August.

Monday, July 11, 2016

the gardens of Château Gaillard

The original gardens of Château Gaillard were among the first Renaissance gardens in France.  King Charles VIII brought Dom Pacello da Mercogliano from Italy to Amboise in 1496 to design and implement them.  By 1500 Dom Pacello was recognized as the most prestigious landscape designer in Europe.  Today, the gardens are being meticulously recreated by the new owner of the estate.  My photo shows only a part of that work.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

la Boulangerie XVe

Tucked away in the hillside next to Château Gaillard is this fifteenth century boulangerie (bakery) that served the royal residence fresh bread. Below is a view from the other end of the troglodyte (cave) room.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

the metallic rainbow

Bright sun streaming in through stained-glass windows fell perfectly on this old and ornate radiator.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Château Gaillard 2016

Château Gaillard is open again for the summer.  It has been under renovation in recent years (see it here in 2014) and each year I look forward to seeing what has been accomplished.  This year the château has been beautifully furnished with many new wonderful pieces.  In addition, the gardens continue to be developed and enhanced.  Here is a link to the château's web site (in French).

Thursday, July 7, 2016

an explosion of color

Here's another example of how Amboise maintains its "3 flower" rating (click here to read about it).

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

unusual timber framing

I haven't seen much timber framing like this around Amboise although I have seen it elsewhere. Just across the street is a nice cylindrical planter seen in the foreground.  And in addition, this house has a nice view of the Loire.

Monday, July 4, 2016

retrospection on the Loire

This 1955 Chrysler looks right at home in the shade of la place du marché (open air marketplace) on the banks of the Loire.  Happy Independence Day to all Americans wherever you are.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

looking back

I've looked at a lot of flowers, but I never had one look back at me before.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

still looking down

After yesterday's Theme Day, I find I need to post my other contender for that day.  Rest assured, though, that after today, things will be looking up.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Theme Day - "look down"

Today is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo, and today's theme is "look down".  I hope this theme appeals to you as it was my suggestion.  My entry for today was taken from the Leclerc bridge looking down onto the shallow, sandy waters downstream of one of the bridge's piers (click on it to see an enlarged version).  Click here to see how the other bloggers interpreted the theme.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

all the ingredients

Ominous clouds behind and a bright summer sunset in front were just the needed ingredients for this dramatic high contrast scene.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

the chorus line

Brocantes are the perfect place to find those old household items you've been looking for.  And for me, they're the perfect source of photo ops.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

a parting shot

Here's one last shot of the poppies as their season is coming to an end.  This is one of the most concentrated collections I've seen.  And right in the middle of a wheat field.  I wonder if the result was some red bread.

Monday, June 27, 2016


Today's post requires some explanation. A local youth organization sponsors art projects that permit (typically young) participants to express their creative skills in various sites around town.  Here, we have an exhibition of 12 hand-made émouvantails.  This word is itself a clever invention created by combining two French words, épouvantail (scarecrow) and émouvant (moving, touching).  The épouvantail pictured caught my eye because it reminds me of a Native American dreamcatcher.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

l'église Saint Nicolas de Chaumont-sur-Loire

After yesterday's post, it's time to go back to church.  This one is located just in between Château Chaumont and the Loire.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

la samba arrive à Amboise

The final installment of my report on the music festival on Tuesday.  Needless to say this is not a common scene on Place Debré.  May this kick off a festive weekend for you.