28 February 2013

'There be dragons ...' in the Casino Gardens

'It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.'

~ J. R. R. Tolkien

27 February 2013

Marilyn and the Eiffel Tower

What's a tee-shirt of Marilyn Monroe and the Eiffel Tower doing on sale in Monaco? Anyway it's yours for 17 euros.

26 February 2013

A Fringe of Green

One of the many beautiful trees in the Casino Gardens.

25 February 2013

Chapel de la Miséricorde - the Painter

We are back outside the Chapel de la Miséricorde where the walls outside are still being painted. Remember this man and his shadow? I love watching artisans work - the concentration and attention to detail is evident in the expression on his face.

24 February 2013

Chapel de la Miséricorde - the Lamps

Our last day inside the beautiful Chapel de la Miséricorde on le rocher.  Here are some beautiful lamps tucked away behind the altar.

Happy Sunday everyone! Pouring with rain here and probably snowing higher up in the hills ...

23 February 2013

Chapel de la Miséricorde - Simplicity

As you see, no pews in the Chapel de la Miséricorde - just simple wooden chairs and a sculpture of Christ in a silk-lined glass case.

22 February 2013

Chapel de la Miséricorde - the Crosses

A similar shot to yesterday except this shows off the row of simple crosses to be found at the back of the altar. These would be used during the procession of the penitents.

21 February 2013

Chapel de la Miséricorde - the Painting

Walk behind the altar in the Chapel de la Miséricorde and this is what you find.

20 February 2013

Chapel de la Miséricorde - Beauty

Another beautiful sculpture in the Chapel de la Miséricorde.  I wish I knew the story of this sculpture - perhaps someone does?

19 February 2013

Chapel de la Miséricorde - the Golden Lady

This gold sculpture is one of many objets d'art in the Chapel de la Miséricorde.

18 February 2013

Chapel de la Miséricorde - the Beauty Inside

The Chapel de la Miséricorde on le rocher was completed in 1646.  25% of the population had died of the plague in 1631 with the last death on the 21st November which is the day of the Feast of Our Lady.  In recognition of this, Prince Honoré II  decreed that on the eve of Good Friday each year a procession of penitents, made up of local residents, should set off from the chapel.

These photos were taken with a 50mm lens but I'll  go back one day with a wide-angle. It's a truly beautiful chapel.

More tomorrow ...

17 February 2013

Chapel de la Miséricorde - the Painter's Shadow

This man, along with his shadow,  is painting the outside of a chapel on the rocher.

Come to think of it,  I can feel a little series coming on. So we'll start with the outside before going in.  This is the Chapel de la Miséricorde on Rue Ptincess Marie de Lorraine. It's one of the oldest buildings in the Principality and was completed in 1646.

More tomorrow ...

16 February 2013

Tipsy Building

A view of the side of the Oceanographic Museum and gthe beautiful lamps that lead the eye to the sea.

I was standing slightly off centre so although the horizon is straight, the building appears to tip slightly - or should I blame the building and say that perhaps it had had a glass of vino too many ... ?

15 February 2013

The Chocolate Shop

A reflection in the door of Monaco's chocolate shop on le rocher. 

You'll have to imagine the chocolates!

14 February 2013

Passageway on le rocher

One of the narrow passageways that cut through from one small street to another on le rocher. 

13 February 2013

Phone call at the Ice cream Bar

This is an ice-cream bar on le rocher.  The lady was so intent on her telephone call she didn't notice me.  The man behind the bar did - but then got on with his work. 

Talking on a portable telephone makes us oblivious to the world, doesn't it?

12 February 2013

Rue des Remparts

This is Rue des Remparts on le rocher.  Behind us is the palace and below us, way below to the left is Port Hercule. Pretty street, isn't it?

11 February 2013


Even the guys working on a building site on le rocher wear Dolce & Gabbana sweatshirts ...

10 February 2013

Viewed from the Rock

This photo was taken from le rocher, right by the Oceanographic Museum - looking towards the port and buildings of Fontvieille. Click on the link to see where I am.

09 February 2013

Fighting the Plastic

This guy looks like he's having a fight with the plastic cover that protects this restaurant terrace on le rocher.

08 February 2013

The Ramparts and Watch Tower

The watch tower and ramparts on le rocher. 

07 February 2013

Cross Street

This is a Monaco far from the expensive boutiques of Monte Carlo.  We are on 'le rocher' where tiny streets connect with more tiny streets.

06 February 2013

Mini Brit

Got a feeling the Mini might be British ...!

The doorman of the Hôtel de Paris has just moved it forward about a foot,  so now it's nose to tail with the Ferrari. Not sure why he moved it.

05 February 2013

Pause Café

The terrace of the Café de Paris a couple of days ago.

04 February 2013

Photography Exhibition!

Not a photo by me today but one that includes me! - it's the programme for a  an exhibition of photography at the Tour Lascaris/Fondation Raza in Gorbio village, just above Menton, from the 15 February to the 3rd March - 10h - 12h and from 14h to 16h. Closed on Tuesdays.

Khaled Youssef is a wonderfully creative Syrian-born photographer who lives in Nice. Khaled takes fabulous  photos of enormous bubbles, of beautiful reflections and of graffiti. It's an immense honour for me to be presenting my work at the same time. My photos will show what I adore about life here - the festivals, the ambiance, the food, the way of life in Menton and the medieval village of Gorbio. But most of all the people who live that life.

The vernissage is between 15h and 18h on Friday the 15th February (it will go on later than 6 p.m.) Everyone is welcome. Do mark your calendar and come along. And for anyone who wants to pass the evening in the village, the Restaurant Les Terrasses serves great pizzas.

Normal service will be resumed on this blog tomorrow!

Aujourd'hui, ce n'est pas une de mes photos, mais une photo sur laquelle je suis! - il s'agit du programme d'une exposition de photographie dans la Tour Lascaris / Fondation Raza au village de Gorbio du 15 Février au 3 Mars - de 10h à 12h et de 14h à 16h. Fermée le mardi.

Khaled Youssef est un photographe, merveilleusement  créatif, d'origine syrienne qui vit à Nice. 
Khaled prend de  magnifiques photos de bulles énormes, de beaux reflets et des graffitis. C'est un immense honneur pour moi de présenter mon travail en même temps que lui. Mes photos montrent ce que j'adore de la vie d' ici - les fêtes, l'ambiance, la cuisine, le mode de vie de Menton et du village médiéval de Gorbio. Et par dessus tout, les gens qui vivent cette vie.

Le vernissage aura lieu entre 15h et 18h le vendredi 15 Février (cela se poursuivra au delà de 18 heures) Tout le monde est  bienvenu. Notez la date dans vos agendas et venez. Et pour tous ceux qui voudraient passer leur soirée au village, le Restaurant Les Terrasses  sert de délicieuses pizzas.

Le blog reprendra son cours, demain!

03 February 2013

The Empty Beach

The far end of Larvotto Beach ...

'I need the sea because it teaches me.'

Pablo Neruda

02 February 2013


The promenade above Larvotto Beach is a great place for the kids to skateboard but there is no ramp from where they can take off - so kids being kids - they make their own, as you see in the second photo.

01 February 2013


Colour!  This lady and her twin daughters were walking along Larvotto Beach yesterday afternoon. 
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