31 August 2010
30 August 2010
29 August 2010
28 August 2010
27 August 2010
26 August 2010
25 August 2010
The arcade at Place d'Armes - Monaco's market place. In this arcade there are several bars, a butcher's shop, a bakery and more - and you can just see one of the market stalls in the main square.
There a Caption Contest with a prize on Menton Daily Photo today - do pop over and enter.
24 August 2010
23 August 2010
It always amuses me when guys, seeing me taking photographs, suddenly go into 'pose mode.'
After I took yesterday's shot, I turned around to get a shot of the other end of Rue Princesse Caroline and there were these two smiling guys, waving their arms about.
On the left is Josef, who is a carpenter at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and on the right is Christophe who works in traffic control and code violations in Monaco, so of course there were jokes about where I park my car.
Thanks guys for a fun encounter!
22 August 2010
21 August 2010
Valentino and his gorgeous dresses.
I know someone who'd love a Valentino original - in fact, she was born to wear one. Of course I'm talking about that ultimate style icon who resides at Barbie of the Day Towers in Villefranche-sur-Mer. You only need to click on the link to meet her.
20 August 2010
A view of the Grimaldi Forum from above. If it makes you feel slightly dizzy, let me tell you I was leaning over a balcony on the 19th floor of the Formentor building. The road you are looking at is Avenue Princesse Grace and Larvotto Beach is off to the left.
The smaller photo shows it from a slightly more normal angle and with a massive cruise ship leaving Port Hercule and its mooring on the digue.
To see a 2 minute video of the recent Flamenco Festival in Gorbio village (above Menton) do click on the link. It was on TF1 and really captures the atmosphere. Do look!
19 August 2010
Casino Square in August. This famous square is rarely without visitors but in August it's crazy with tourists, cameras, posh cars for people to pose alongside and of course, lots of bling.
In French they are called les aoûtiens. Août being French for August. Those who takes their holidays in July are called les juillettistes.
18 August 2010
The finished dish! At this point in the proceedings, I confess I had to leave as I was meeting a friend for lunch on Larvotto. So I really didn't know what happened to the snails. Did they dish them out to the crowd? Did they eat the dish themselves? Who knows?
It was all the best fun tho - cooking and music and the cheeky chap on the left whose name is Alain.
And if you want to know Les Taraf Goulamas' recipe - well just click on the link.
Thanks so much for following this little series with me. Tomorrow: on to something new.
PS. I have heard from Les Taraf Goulamas and yes, they shared the dish with the audience.
17 August 2010
16 August 2010
15 August 2010
Whenever a new ingredient is added to the pan of snails the band plays and the music gets faster and louder by way of encouragement - see last photo. Above, the tomatoes are being chopped as quickly as possible in an effort to keep up with the music - that's why bits are falling off the board.
Meanwhile - in the smaller photo - life goes on in Monaco's market as a trolley packed up with shoe boxes is wheeled past the action.
14 August 2010
13 August 2010
So the snails are cooking and Alain pours in a glass or two - or three - of cognac. The recipe on the Taraf Goulamas website calls for pastis but the bottle on the table looks more like brandy to me.
The onions have to be added and later the tomatoes and whilst each stage of the dish is being cooked, the group tour around the market playing to us all - as in the smaller photo.
12 August 2010
Suddenly in the middle of the performance, this lady wanted to be photographed with the performers - and as you see, they didn't mind at all!
Meanwhile, someone keeps an eye on the snails by photographing them.
Tomorrow - back to the cooking and the music.
11 August 2010
Not for the squeamish...the snails are about to be poured onto the fire. But before that there is the ritual of praying for the snails as the musicians walk in a line and then each player drops a solitary snail into the pan as he says goodbye.
A reminder of the great website of Les Taraf Goulamas if you missed it yesterday.
10 August 2010
09 August 2010
08 August 2010
07 August 2010
We've not left MONACO STREET forever - we'll be back to see more street theatre at Monaco's market - but let's have a weekend on the beach.
We are looking down on Larvotto Beach from the 19th floor of the Formentor. The peninsula you see in the distance is Cap Martin. Beyond that you'll find Menton and then Italy.
Note the jellyfish nets in the water.
06 August 2010
A last look at this great group of performers. The juggler, the dancers, the singer and the accordian player take their bow.
Tomorrow...we'll go to the beach for the weekend and then back for more entertainment.