30 January 2013
Not every day you see a piglet in Monaco. There were two running around in a pen outside the circus, along with a baby goat. Perhaps a sort of petting zoo for children but I'm not sure. Nearby were lots of adult goats who were presumably part of a circus act.
29 January 2013
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27 January 2013
We're in Cap d'Ail this morning looking towards Monaco and the heliport. On our left is the Port of Cap d'Ail. Ahead is Fontvieille and one of the luxury apartment buildings and behind it you can see the top of the Oceanographic Museum.
The low white building is temporary - the circus is on and this is where the elephants sleep at night.
And in the distance, snow on the Alps.
26 January 2013
25 January 2013
24 January 2013
|'24 Hours on the Cote d'Azur'|
It is a great honour for me that 14 photos from Menton Daily Photo and Monte Carlo Daily Photo were featured on Carla Coulson's beautiful website, Carla Loves Photography. Carla is an incredibly talented photographer who has been an inspiration to me so you can imagine how much it meant when she invited me to contribute to her website in the series '24 hours on the Cote d'Azur' - do clink on the link to see the post and and to browse and see Carla's stunning work. Australian-born Carla has published several books, including Italian Joy, Paris Tango and Chasing a Dream, chronicling her move to Europe, first to Italy and then to France - filled with mouth-watering photographs and inspirational words on how she made a new and fabulous life for herself - in love and in photography. Thankyou, Carla x
23 January 2013
If it's January and there's a lioness in town, then it must be time for Monaco's famous Festival of Circus.
We'd probably all rather see beautiful animals like this roaming the wilds of Africa but I have to say the lionesses were rolling around playing like kittens. When I arrived, three were outside in an enormous run and the rest were being organised to go into the circus tent for a rehearsal - maybe half a dozen lionesses, a lion and a tiger. Whilst they were gone, the three in the run were jumping up and down every time they heard their owner's voice.
You have to be patient when taking their photo. Mostly they turn their backs on you - can't blame them. But I waited and waited and eventually this beauty came up and said Hello and rubbed her gorgeous face against the bars.
If you want to see wonderful photos of lions in the wild, see my friend Maggie Calkins' Facebook photo.
22 January 2013
Marco Lodola's sculpture of a ballerina is seen here with the rear of the casino building as a back drop. If you look carefully you can see the wires inside her - they light up at night. Most often though, she is photographed from the other side and against the sea.
21 January 2013
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17 January 2013
Here's a look at what will be Monaco's new yacht club. Yes, the red rimmed structure in the foreground looks like a yacht, doesn't it? Indeed it has been designed to be as 'slender as the liners which used to cruise between England and America in the early 20th century.' The architect is Lord Norman Foster.
The new Yacht Club de Monaco is on the opposite side of the port to the current yacht club. Building work will be completed by the end of 2013, with a grand opening planned at the traditional summer cocktail for YCM members in 2014.
16 January 2013
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08 January 2013
Dawn breaking near the Grimaldi Forum on Larvotto yesterday morning. I got up early!
The sculpture is called Le Signe du Temps (Sign of the Times) by the Swiss sculptor, Andre Bucher and was given to the Principality by the Swiss community on the occasion of the Jubilee of Prince Rainier.
07 January 2013
A slice of pichade and a chat amongst friends.
Pichade is a dish from Menton and is a kind of pizza: a tomato sauce made with cooked onions placed on a dough and decorated with cloves of garlic, black olives and anchovies.
If it's made without tomato, then it's a pissaladière.
So for anyone interested, here's a few words about it ...
Pissaladière is a pizza-like dish made in southern France, around the Nice, Marseilles, Toulon and the Var District, and in the Italian region of Liguria, especially in the Province of Imperia. Believed to have been introduced to the area by Roman cooks during the time of the Avignon Papacy, it can be considered a type of white pizza, as no tomatoes are used. The dough is usually a bread dough thicker than that of the classic Italian pizza (although a pâte brisée is sometimes used instead), and the traditional topping consists of caramelised (almost pureed) onions, olives, garlic and anchovies (either whole or in the form of pissalat, a type of anchovy paste). No cheese is used in France; however in the nearby Italian town of San Remo, mozzarella is sometimes added. Now served as an appetizer, it was traditionally cooked and sold early each morning.
The etymology of the word seems to be from occitan peis, from the Latin piscis, which in turn became pissalat, (via peis salat, "salted fish" in Niçard).
06 January 2013
The lady on the left rode her bike into casino square, parked it alongside the Ferrari outside the casino and is taking a photo of it - much to the amusement of the doorman and policeman alongside. They seem rather non-plussed by the whole thing but I'm sure if she doesn't move it soon, she'll be told to do so ...
05 January 2013
Pale face, sunburned hands, big ears, long nose...? Not sure I'd want to meet him in a dark alleyway ... scary.
04 January 2013
03 January 2013
The is the Sporting d'Hiver (the Winter Sporting) which faces Casino Square. It was built by the Société des Bains de Mer in 1932 in a monumental Art deco style, with large rooms and ten-metre-high ceilings and soon it willl be knocked down to make way for a new shopping complex.
It is probably no surprise that many Monaco residents are unhappy about this.
Click on the link to see what will replace it. As a nod to the beauty of the Art Deco, a part of the original interior is to be relocated to the basement. Pity about the rest ...