Monday, August 21, 2017

shadows to château

This family is climbing the long ramp from Place Debré to the entrance to the château.  Yesterday was the perfect day for being outside and touring the old castle.

Monday, August 14, 2017

les obsèques à Saint Denis

L'église Saint Denis has been conducting Sunday services since the twelfth century.  Today there were the funeral services for a much loved French celebrity Gonzague Saint Bris.  He was a celebrated historian, TV personality, author of many books, and founder of an annual book festival.  He grew up at Clos Lucé (former home of Leonardo da Vinci) here in Amboise.

Friday, August 11, 2017

into the forest

Riding along this path that cuts across the forest of Amboise is perfect on a hot summer's day.  It's mostly shaded and totally quiet.  It's just one part of a wide network of cycling routes and paths throughout the area.  And this has turned into a major tourist attraction for the Loire valley.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

life is good, and so are the tarts

Nothing like a homemade tomato and goat cheese tart especially when the tomatoes come from our neighbor's garden, the basil and rosemary from our terrace garden, and the goat cheese from a local supplier.  Throw in a nice glass of Loire Valley Sancerre, and it's what's for dinner*.  Tip of the hat to my wife for putting this all together.

*but no beef for those of you who remember those ads

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

it's August, let's go camping

I stumbled over this camper parked not far from our house, the likes of which I have never seen before.  There was no model identification other than the Mercedes Benz logos.  But with a little help from my son-in-law and Google, I was able to find online what I believe is this very same vehicle and it was identified as a "Mercedes Benz 319 Unimog Gelandewagon".  With more help from Google translate and Wikipedia, I find that Unimog is a brand of four wheel drive trucks sold by M-B and Gelandewagon is German for flat bed truck.  More than you ever needed to know to appreciate this immaculately maintained camper that was converted from a truck (but who knows when).

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CDP Theme Day - Young at Heart

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

Every year there is a Carnival celebration in the streets of Amboise.  The school kids wear imaginative costumes Halloween style while there are adult groups of dancers and musicians.  But it's a day for everyone to abandon the routine and feel truly young at heart.

Monday, July 31, 2017

July postcard

This is probably one of the most photographed views of the Hôtel de Ville and Château by visiting tourists*.  I had to take one yesterday myself as it's just too cool to pass up on such a perfect day.

*And I just read that tourism in Amboise and the entire area around Tours is way up this year.  That's a good thing for our community that is pretty much based on tourism.  So come on down.

Friday, July 28, 2017

down by the river

After several days up in the air, I'm bringing you back down to earth today.  It's been relatively dry recently so the water level of the Loire is somewhat low now.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

while we're up in the air

To continue the high-flying theme of this week, here are a couple of paraplanes enjoying a good view of Amboise and the Loire.  I'm now on the lookout for a dirigible to complete my collection.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

a new angle on Chenonceau

I'm still thinking about my recent balloon ride so expect to see more photos on that topic.  Here we're drifting silently over my favorite château, the one in Chenonceaux*.  The light of dawn really made some nice dramatic shadows.

*Yes the town name has an "x" on the end while the château name does not.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

sailing high

This is the first sail plane I've seen in Amboise.  Which is surprising since I thought I had seen every possible flying machine overhead at one time or another.  I love to watch the sail planes silently gliding along.  Maybe that's why I haven't seen one before now.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday morning and all that jazz

These young guys were really jazzing up the Place Debré one day last week.  I hope to see them again.

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.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

the French presidential election 2017

Well, I hope by now you're aware that today is election day in France.  To win the presidency outright a candidate must get 50% of the votes and this year (as usual) no candidate is expected to get that.  So there will be in all likelihood a runoff election in two weeks between the two top vote getters in this round 1 vote.  Personally, I think runoffs are a great idea.  And, by the way, what you're seeing is pretty much the only permitted election advertising allowed (no TV or radio ads, etc.).  Political fund-raising as Americans know it doesn't really exist here.

Friday, April 21, 2017

bowling for tulips

I have been remiss in not already capturing the players of petanque, but this opportunity allowed me to resolve that as well as capturing the tulips in full bloom.  Petanque is a French national pastime and for Americans it would  seem to be somewhat a combination of bowling and horseshoes. It's not only played for fun but also for serious competitions.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

François 1er chez Leonard de Vinci

I've lived in Amboise several years now and have visited the local post office (La Poste) many times.  But only recently when I was waiting outside for the doors to open for business did I notice this nice carved stone panel above the entrance.  It's been 500 years since Leonardo himself moved to Amboise.   Clos Lucé turned out to be his last home as he died there in 1519.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

café life moves outdoors

The outdoor cafés and restaurants are now brimming with tourists and locals in the newly warm weather.

Monday, April 10, 2017

spring has sprung

We've had glorious spring weather for the past few days, and the town's flower beds are exploding with color.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

CDP Theme Day for April - wet

The first of every month is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo.  Today's theme is "wet" and you can see how the others interpreted the theme here.

For ADP, I chose this scene on the banks of the Loire, taken from the bridge Leclerc above.

Today I am announcing the winding down of Amboise Daily Photo.  I think I have taken this blog pretty much to its limits for a small town such as Amboise.  I am now finding it is increasingly difficult to post fresh ideas on a daily basis.  However, ADP is not going away.  I will make additional posts whenever I have a shot that is worth sharing.

But also today, I am announcing the start of another blog upon which I will focus my photographic energies.  It's called France and Beyond because I will post photos from our many travels in France, Europe, Asia, the Americas... well, anywhere.

Monday, March 6, 2017

tremendous color

Last night was the last night of ice skating on the open air ice rink in Amboise.  I kept putting off getting a shot of the brightly lit trees on the levee just behind the rink, but last night I finally got 'em.