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.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

looking back


I really enjoy looking at the trees in their fall colors.  But I never had one look back before.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

la Toussaint 2020


It's the eve of la Toussaint in France and tomorrow the Catholic church celebrates all of the hallowed saints.  Hmmm.  This sounds familiar.

(And, yes, this is the flip side of the shot in my previous post.)

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

le 14 juillet 2020

What is often called "Bastille Day" in the US, is simply called the 14th of July in France.  It's a national holiday and compares to the 4th of July in the US with parades, picnics, music, and of course, fireworks.  Alas, this year the latter has been cancelled throughout France due to pandemic restrictions. Paris will have them but watching from nearby (the Eiffel Tower vicinity) will be forbidden so they'll generally be seen on TV.  If you want to learn more about this holiday, take a look here.  Today's photo was taken last year.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

now that's more like it

The lock-down is over.  School is out.  The tourists are back.  Finally.  Compare this scene to that of my earlier post on April 28:

Friday, July 3, 2020

the stone sky

Or maybe it's just the stone path at the base of the levee as seen from its top.  Every winter the vegetation dries up and seems to disappear from the levee's sides.  And by summer the wildflowers are back in control.