Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016
The space between the levee and the Loire cannot be built upon of course, but it makes for a great space for gardening. This one across from the château has a nice gate that gave me this photo-op.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
Historically, a guinguette is an open air performance complimented with eating and drinking. These venues were wildly popular in the 18th and 19th centuries but had mostly disappeared by the end of the 20th. The 21st century is seeing a bit of a comeback of the idea. On a recent evening on the Place Debré, there was a little revival of the guinguette with a troop of accordion players entertaining the outdoor diners and onlookers. It was a lively show and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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
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
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
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
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
Monday, August 15, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
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
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.