30 September 2012
29 September 2012
Click on the link to read about Father Walter, who is very much part of life in the ex-pat community of Monaco and is loved and appreciated by everyone.
28 September 2012
27 September 2012
26 September 2012
This is the dining room of the Monaco Yacht Club. You have to be a member to dine here or you need to be invited by a member.
Soon though the Monaco Yacht Club oves to its new building on the opposite side of the port - designed by Sir Norman Foster, no less. Work in progress can be seen HERE.
25 September 2012
24 September 2012
Everyone loves the blue skies of the French Riviera and Monaco but really a few clouds make it a lot more interesting ...
The large yacht (centre) is the Lady Moura. Click on link to see more. She's usually moored in the port (as here) but last week, like many of the permanent yachts in the port, she had to give up her berth for the Monte Carlo Yacht Show and so the bay has been choc-a-bloc with boats.
23 September 2012
22 September 2012
21 September 2012
20 September 2012
This beautiful vase by Dale Chihuly is on on display and for sale at the Marlborough Gallery on Port Hercule. The note alongside says 'Pine Green Soft Cylinder with Deep Blue Lip Wrap, 2002. Soufflé Glass.
I've adored Chuhuly glass for years yet I've never actually seen any. I've seen films about him on television- working with the glass blowers of Murano, his installations at Kew Gardens and in America, so to actually see one of his creations was an absolute treat. I can tell you up front and personal, it is absolutely beautiful.
19 September 2012
18 September 2012
17 September 2012
16 September 2012
Although the majority of sculptures were from Blake's current 'Angels' collection, this sculpture is from an earlier collection called 'Re-think' which is dedicated to the promotion of human rights.
Called 'The Veil' I love the way her shadows are displayed on the wall.
15 September 2012
14 September 2012
Last night I was lucky enough to go to the 'vernissage' of Monaco-based sculptor, Blake's latest exhibition. Canadian-born artist Blake works in clay to produce bronze and marble sculpture that are cast or carved in Italy.
His latest collection 'Angels' is 'based on the abstraction of surface and the investigation into the interior of the human form.'
The sculpture you see here is called 'Zuriel' who is the Angel of Harmony and encourages us to be sociable and appreciate beauty.
Tomorrow - we meet the artist.
13 September 2012
The second photo shows more of the foreground.
Remember the photo I took of patterns on the water - looked like coloured marble? It was n fact a reflection of the building I'm currently standing in (19th floor). To take that photo I stood at the very end of the large 'T' breakwater that you see in the middle of the beach.
12 September 2012
11 September 2012
I understand you can check your baggage at the heliport and that's it. You don't see it again till you arrive at your final destination.
10 September 2012
There are several British-style pubs in Monaco. This is the Ship and Castle in the port of Fontvieille. Look at the pub sign - as you see, it depicts exactly where it is - below le rocher where you find the palace.
In case you wonder why it's closed - well it was only 08h.30 in the morning ...
09 September 2012
Note the stones on the lower part of the roof. You often see this on a roof in a hill village - we're in La Turbie today. Normally though on an older roof than this one. Presumably to prevent tiles lifting off in high winds.
08 September 2012
You see this near to the post office - before you enter the Medieval village. It speaks of the difficulties in accessing the village long ago. I found this translation:
'Twixt Lerici and Turbia, the most desert,
The most secluded pathway is a stair
Easy and open, if compared with that.'The tourist office of La Turbie translates it as 'The most solitary and deserted road between Lerici and La Turbie is close to this one with large and easily climbed steps”.
Dante lived from 1265 - 1321 and this was the first literary mention of La Turbie.
The other inscription, just along from Dante's is taken 'from the itinerary of Antonin, that described La Turbie as the “Alp Summa”, where Italy ended and La Gaule commenced.'
07 September 2012
We're in the village of La Turbie today - way above Monaco.
Let's hope the dog can read and if not, that his owner takes due note. Normally small plastic bags are readily available from dispensers in the street although many dog owners carry doggy poop bags in small bone-shaped containers fixed to the dog's collar.
I wonder why someone has written 'I love dollars' on the sign ...
06 September 2012
05 September 2012
04 September 2012
03 September 2012
02 September 2012
It's probably not going to change your life to know that the lighthouse at the entrance to the port of Fontvieille is powered by solar energy but anyway here it is!
Many public vehicles in Monaco are electric - so this is all part of the 'green' environment that the Prince and Monaco advocate.
01 September 2012
I was on a boat watching her. She was on another boat watching someone else ...
It's what we love to do on the Côte d'Azur and Monaco - people watch! But then doesn't everyone everywhere?
This was taken at Plage Mala, Cap d'Ail.