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This is one of the many public gardens in Beaulieu-sur-Mer - an area is in front of the port. Beautiful pots, perfect flowers, automatic watering. Beaulieu always seems to me to be what the 'perfect' Riviera town would be if we had to imagine it - Belle Epoque villas, yachts in the bay, classy, (don't you hate that word) pristine, a 'dream' of the Côte d'Azur made real.
Note: the cyclists - not long now and it will be that time of year again - the Tour de France. You regularly see the Tour de France cyclists practicing on our roads and hills.
23 June 2013
We're in the beautiful town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer today - it's just along the coast from Monaco towards Nice. Monaco - Cap d'Ail - Eze - and then Beaulieu. So let's spend a few days here - and why not start on the beach. If you look carefully you can see the terrace of the Villa Kerylos, on the left. Click the link to see photos taken in 2009 when we explored this stunning Grecian villa.
22 June 2013
Many of you know that from time to time I have the immense pleasure of taking photographs in the Monaco studio of Blake, the well-known Canadian sculptor.
Here he is holding his latest 'Phantom.' She has been painstakingly created out of wax and is kept in a large container of water before she goes to the foundry to be cast in bronze. The wax is kept in water to keep it cool in the heat and so that it doesn't deform. This is a very delicate sculpture and it's held together with small rods, all welded together.
21 June 2013
This is a scene you often see on Larvotto Beach. Nearly everyone in beach gear and suddenly you spot a man in a suit or in a shirt a trousers - doubtless an escapee from one of the many conferences held during the year at the nearby Grimaldi Forum.
20 June 2013
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17 June 2013
Here's another 'Giant' sculpture, this time inside the Metropole Centre. I like the delicate summer fabric of the girls' clothes, as they float by, compared to the solidity and weight of the sculpture - and neither aware of the other ...
16 June 2013
Tatoos always fascinate me - body art - and I often wonder what I'd have done if I were brave enough to stand the pain. But I'm not ...
15 June 2013
14 June 2013
This photo was taken from Larvotto Beach.
13 June 2013
12 June 2013
There I was photographing this 'Giant' outside the Metropole Centre, when the doors opened and this beautiful couple walked through. Don't you just adore the three hands on the young man's t-shirt?
I assume the sculptor is called Alviati (written in small letters after the title of the piece) but can find no reference to him on the internet.
11 June 2013
Oh... let's have a beach scene. The sun is shining, yachts out at sea, pretty clouds hover over the horizon - perhaps summer is finally here. We've keep thinking this and then the wind comes up, it rains, it's cold. But so far, so good...
This was the far end of Larvotto Beach yesterday - La Rose des Vents, which is a private beach and restaurant.
10 June 2013
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07 June 2013
Blatant self promotion today!
This evening! Vernissage of photography in the Tour Lascaris at Gorbio, near Menton. Two photographers. Khaled Youssef will be exhibiting his new series of beautiful bubble photos and Jilly Bennett will be showing new black and white photos of life and love in Menton and Gorbio.
Do come along. Everyone welcome. 18h. Friday, 7th June in the Chateau at the top of the village. Come an have an aperitif and a enjoy the show. Afterwards? Gil, the pizza chef at the Restaurant les Terrassess/Chez Paulo, makes great pizzas.
And if you've not visited the medieval village of Gorbio before, you are in for a treat.
06 June 2013
05 June 2013
Scene/seen inside Monaco's market. Note the sign for pizza is written first in Italian, then French, then English. In the past, I've heard people say that Monaco would collapse in a heap if the Italians left. Nowadays, they'd be more likely to say the Russians.
04 June 2013
Market, Place d'Armes
Is there anything more evocative of a Mediterranean summer than succulent, thinly sliced, fresh tomatoes, served with buffalo mozzarella, generously drizzled with the best olive oil and scattered with fresh basil?
Add a baguette, a glass of rosé - heaven!
03 June 2013
The M.Zone appears to indicate a WiFi zone but why the warning about cigarettes?
Anyone know? I clicked on the link but don't understand ...
PS. I now understand this is an advert for Marlboro Cigarettes so who knew? What happened to Marlboro Man!