Tuesday, August 22, 2017

château dancing


During my weekend visit to the château, I discovered there was a Renaissance interpretive dance performance accompanied by concert harp.  This dancer's leaps were amazing... especially considering that the castle's stone terrace is uneven and very hard.

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.