Tag: France

Loire Chateaux: Villandry

Loire Chateaux: Villandry

| December 20, 2011

Loire Chateaux Series: Villandry and its famous gardens Of all the Loire Chateaux we visited, Château de Villandry was Donna’s favorite. Knowing how much she loves gardens, I had put Villandry on our itinerary and prayed that September was not too late to see Villandry’s famous gardens in all their splendor. The lavender was done […]

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Loire Chateaux – Chinon

Loire Chateaux – Chinon

| November 12, 2011

Loire Chateaux Series: Chinon I thought I would have a bit of fun with today’s images of one of the Loire area chateaux in Chinon, France, by processing a few of them in a way that makes the town look miniature. These photographs were taken while Donna and I toured the Forteresse Royale du Chinon […]

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Driving from Provence to the French Riviera

Driving from Provence to the French Riviera

| November 6, 2011

After spending three nights in the hilltop village of Roussillon in Provence, we hopped in the car and made our way to Nice on the French Riviera. I had to return the rental car by 5:30pm in Nice so we had to plan our trek carefully. Rental return hours can be unpredictable in Europe so […]

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The Doors and Windows of Roussillon

The Doors and Windows of Roussillon

| October 24, 2011

While Donna and I were staying in the the popular hilltop village of Roussillon in the south of France, we took a stroll down the back streets to look for interesting windows and doors to photograph. Ahhh, it would be hard to invent such textures and finishes! The surfaces were worn, discolored, and cracked…and they […]

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Loire Chateaux: Amboise

Loire Chateaux: Amboise

| October 23, 2011

Loire Chateaux Series: Amboise, a perfect base to explore chateaux Today’s photo series is from Amboise, France in the heart if the Loire Valley. We picked Amboise as our home base for exploring the chateaux of the Loire for a couple of reasons. For one, it was close to Trip Advisor’s top rated accommodation – […]

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Loire Chateaux: Cheverny

Loire Chateaux: Cheverny

| October 16, 2011

Loire Chateaux Series: Cheverny and its beautiful interior As I mentioned in my prior post about the Château de Chambord, each of the Loire chateaux has its own style and sense of purpose. While Chambord amazed with its size and architectural prowess, Château de Cheverny pleases with its lavishly appointed and meticulously maintained interiors. Not […]

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Loire Chateaux: Chambord

Loire Chateaux: Chambord

| October 12, 2011

Loire Chateaux Series: The grandeur of Chambord Château de Chambord, one of the most recognizable of the Loire chateaux and perhaps in the world, was one of eight that Donna and I visited during our three-day stay in France’s Loire Valley. All the châteaus were worth visiting and each had its own charm and sense […]

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Creating Panoramas: 180 Degrees of Monaco

Creating Panoramas: 180 Degrees of Monaco

| October 8, 2011

The last leg of our trip to France took us to the French Riviera. Although we stayed in Nice, we took took a local bus to Monaco for a day. Getting to Monaco, and all the other towns on the French Riviera for that mater, is really easy. From Nice, we walked early to the […]

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Two Fabulous Days in Avignon, France

Two Fabulous Days in Avignon, France

| October 2, 2011

Today’s feature photo is of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms d’Avignon, or Avignon Cathedral. The interior of the cathedral that you see above is the tallest structure you see in the photo below. The one with the gold statue on top. I was taken by the ornate decoration on the balcony and the light reflecting […]

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A New Day in Provence

A New Day in Provence

| September 30, 2011

When viewing my photographs, some people say, “Were the colors really that bright?” That is a legitimate question, right? I believe that the eye needs to be trained to see color in the natural landscape. How many times have you been mesmerized by the presence of a landscape and did not stop to ask yourself […]

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