Deck Chairs

I spotted these 2 orange deck chairs while climbing — somewhat illegally but don't tell anyone — one of the modern buildings erected at the Cité Universitaire in the past two years. A room with a view.

Honfleur Wash-house

A late 19th-century wash-house in Honfleur in Normandy.  Nice woodwork on the rooftop. Until now, I'd never thought that wash-houses were such an item in France. You can find a list — by no means comprehensive — at Wikimedia.org.

Scallops Season

December 2019, scallops season at Honfleur in Normandy with boats from Brittany and Fecamp and other places. And by the way, there really is a scallops season war going on, and possibly with interesting post-Brexit developments.

The pool

Typical me, I bought the latest and greatest camera and the shot I prefer is blurry, to say the least. Well, it was meant to be that way. Deauville, December 2019

Villa Blanqui

A villa in Paris (not in the rest of the country, mind you) is not "a large and luxurious country house in its own grounds". It's something I learnt when I settled down here. Instead, it's a small, and sometimes not so small, street or private cul-de-sac, with dwellings on the sides. Usually, one finds... Continue Reading →

Noël, Noel, Nowell

It's this time of year again. The first Nowell the angel did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay, keeping their sheep, On a cold winter's night that was so deep. Refrain Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,Born is the King of Israel. Merry Christmas to you and... Continue Reading →

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