Friday, March 18, 2022


An unusual phenomenon of sand from the Sahara desert being blown north to France has resulted in some spectacular sunrises and sunsets.  In addition, everything is covered in a fine layer of yellowish dust that will hopefully be washed away with the next rain. 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

La Tour d'Or Blanc


This "tower of white gold" was inaugurated this weekend along with a festival of local food and wine. It stands almost 50 feet high at the end of the bridge leading into Amboise.  It pays homage to the white grape (Chenin Blanc) that fuels the white wines of the Loire Valley.  It also honors the wine makers themselves who worked closely with the artist Jean-Michel Othoniel to create this monumental work that overlooks the town and the river like a golden lighthouse.

Monday, August 9, 2021

sunset on the guinguette


A guinguette is where you meetup with friends for a drink and perhaps some light eating.  Often there is music and dancing in the evenings.  This one in Amboise has the advantages of a nice view of the Loire and being right next to a bike route where lots of cycling tourists pass by. Here is another view:

Thursday, December 24, 2020

tonight Santa arrives by hot air balloon


This is a local yard display.  In France hot air balloons are called montgolfières (in honor of the brothers of the first working balloons in the 1780's).

Monday, December 21, 2020

December Solstice 2020


Today Amboise will have only 8 and 1/2 hours of sun whereas on the Summer Solstice we have about 16 hours of sun.  These extremes are because we are above Maine in latitude.  Even so, the weather here is milder than in the States year-round, thanks to the Gulf Stream.