31 July 2012
30 July 2012
29 July 2012
28 July 2012
27 July 2012
26 July 2012
This is a small part of the dining area of the Salle des Etoiles at Le Sporting Monte Carlo. This shot was taken shortly after it opened at 20h.30 and within minutes was filling up fast for the Hugh Laurie evening.
Later, the ceiling will be opened and we'll dine under the stars - hence the name ...
25 July 2012
Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band blew us all away in the Salle des Etoiles at Le Sporting in Monte Carlo last night. He had us up on our feet clapping to the sounds of New Orleans jazz and blues. This guy is a GREAT piano player - and he sings, he plays guitar and of course he's the witty, adorable, charming Hugh Laurie we know and love. A great night - thanks Hugh Laurie!
That's Sister Jean McClain in the last photo and she sure can sing ...
24 July 2012
A bottle of 1898 Armagnac on display in the Hediard shop at the Metropole Centre in Monaco. This was taken through two layers of glass: the window of the shop and the display case - so call the result artistic! Wonder if the Armagnac is drinkable?
23 July 2012
Probably best to sit on the beach and look at the posh yachts on the horizon ...
22 July 2012
Another view of the jellyfish net at Larvotto Beach. This one runs from the centre across to beach of the restaurant, La Rose des Vents with the green Grimaldi Forum building to the left. We saw the Grimaldi Forum, with the rhinocerus on the roof, the other day ...
21 July 2012
Thanks to the jellyfish net people can swim safely at Larvotto Beach. It's 07h.30 and a good time to swim before the heat of the day although the sun is already blinding. The patterns in the water are reflections of the tall buildings on Avenue Princesse Grace.
20 July 2012
You don't see a giant rhinocerus on top of the Grimaldi Forum every day but then you don't have an exhibition called 'Extra Large' in Monaco everyday. The exhibition presents 50 monumental paintings, sculptures and installations from the Centre Pompidou in Paris and will be on show at the Grimaldi Forum until the 9th September.
From CityOutMonaco (click to see a video) : 'The exhibition includes large-format paintings by Joan Miró, Jean Dubuffet, Matta, Joan Mitchell, Jacques Monory, Pierre Soulages, Frank Stella, Sam Francis, and Yan Pei-Ming; and sculptures and installations by Joseph Beuys, Christian Boltanski, Daniel Buren, Richard Long, Alain Séchas and Jean Tinguely. Also represented will be the work of Sol LeWitt, Anish Kapoor and Bill Viola - all masterpieces linked by one unusual factor - their sheer monumental size.'
The first photo was taken from inside the Japanese Gardens.
19 July 2012
Remember the animal climbing down the wall at La Spiaggia? See small pic. Most of us thought it was a cat or perhaps a panther.
Well here it is - a dragon? Or is it a lizard?
It's an iguana! Thanks so much to R and Jim.
18 July 2012
Monaco, taken from Roquebrune at 07h.15 yesterday.
There's a new roundabout on the way to Monaco from Menton and miraculously, there were several newly created (and empty) parking spaces nearby. It's always been impossible to park in this particular place. I crossed the road and snapped. Should have lugged the tripod out of the car so it's just a hand-held shot.
17 July 2012
16 July 2012
15 July 2012
Marc Quinn has created several sculptures of British supermodel, Kate Moss in contorted yoga poses. "Microcosmos (Siren)" was made in 2008. A duplicate, made out of ten kilograms of 18-carat gold sold at Sotheby's for $900,000.
No comment ...
14 July 2012
real shell (cassis madagascariensis) from the 17th century that had been carved into a cameo.
Today, here is a sculpture from the Marc Quinn exhibition showing exactly that same species of shell but somewhat larger! It's made of bronze and is called The Origin of the World ( Cassis madagascariensis) Longitudes. It stands just inside the entrance of the museum.
Much of Marc Quinn's work ties in beautifully with the permanent exhibits at the Oceanographic Museum.
13 July 2012
These carved shells are on display in a covered glass case in the Oceanographic Museum. They were carved in 17th century Italy.
The cameos were carved onto Emperor Helmet shells (Cassis madagascariensis), considered the most highly prized shell for carving.
12 July 2012
La Spiaggia is the beach at the far end of Larvotto, with its own restaurant, beach loungers and so on. I must have walked along here a thousand times and never noticed the plaque of the late Prince Rainier on the wall above. And if you click to enlarge the photo below, what about the fearsome animal about to pounce?
11 July 2012
10 July 2012
09 July 2012
Yesterday we saw a man who cleans the windows at the Grimaldi Forum - today the building itself. In the main photo people are inside waiting to go down to the theatre for a matinee performance of Chicago.
The photo below shows the entrance to the Grimaldi Forum with people spilling out after the performance.
There is a lot of glass to keep clean.