Today’s photo challenge is “Path“. I chose a selection of footpaths shot in Le Havre, in Normandy. 


Palm trees in Normandy. Hmm. Mind you I saw palm trees in Warsaw a few years back. 


Roses in Winter is even weirder but it happens. It’s very mild there, hence the palm trees.


An armchair for the ones tired of walking on the footpath.


That one is leading into the Sea. I know what’s on the other side. 

Anticipation : Looking Forward To Sunnier Climes


Today’s theme for the Friday Photo Challenge is ’anticipation’. Here it’s pretty grim at the moment, we are in the middle of Winter. Days are short and even though it’s mild and damp, kids may still expect to be able to go on the Ferris Wheel at La Concorde. We are looking forward to more pleasant and sunnier climes. 


In a little more than a week we’ll be on our way to the French riviera, to Antibes, where Nomade is waiting for us. 


Maybe the Sun will be out and we’ll be able to bask in the sunshine. OK, I don’t expect miracles, but it can get pretty mild down there, and I remember having lunch out in February for instance. This is unthinkable up North.


On Ste Marguerite Island off Cannes. 


We might even be able to sail the Mediterranean who knows. I remember a boat trip from Nice to Cannes in mid November 10 years ago when the temperature was 35°c (95°f).


 Cannes from the Sea. And I also expect to bring back a lot of nice pictures from the Piedmont behind Nice, Vence, Colle sur Loup and all these places. Can’t wait to be there.

Eyes Set On the Horizon

Tonight’s photo challenge is about “horizon”. Talking about resolutions and changing lives, mine changed nearly three years ago when I made the decision to quit my job and set up my own business. Two opposing worlds they were, a real jump into the unknown, my eyes set on the horizon.

In retrospect, I didn’t quite look back when I come to think of it. In fact I didn’t have to whinge about the past, just focus on the horizon and the future.

The future is bright and promising, all you have to do is believe in this and work and do things as you see fit and eventually, luck travels your way.

Talking about travel I have my eyes set on the ferries, the ones founded by my Namesake Alexis. Looking North West, I’ll be back there one day, on the footsteps of the old Onion Johnnies.

Like the sheep at St Michael’s Mount, all one has to do is graze (toil) and never forget to look at the horizon, not lose sight of our dreams. They will come true. All these pictures were taken in April 2014 as I was catching my breath between two deals at the beginning of what looks more and more like a sprinting marathon of a venture. Across the water is my second home, it’s my horizon. 

Relax, Relax …

Seattle, Wa USA

Today’s Friday Photo Challenge theme is “relax”. I chose this picture of two young ladies relaxing in the Queen Anne district of Seattle, overlooking the bay (right) and the City (left). I took this picture in the twilight, the atmosphere was beautifully relaxing I found. 


Yet, there is nothing as relaxing, in my eyes, as Mother Nature. Above, Mount Rainier. It’s amazing that one can see greenery at this height. Rainier is almost as high as Mont Blanc but greenery in the Alps will stop a little above 5,000 feet (1,500 m), here we were twice as high at 10,000 feet. We had never seen that, and God knows we know about mountains since we have a house up there in the Pyrenees.


One doesn’t need to get that far to be relaxed. A mere 50 miles from the City centre of Paris, one finds the old impressionist hotspot named Rolleboise, overlooking the Seine. On that day (sometime in May 2012), rapeseed was blooming, colouring the fields yellow and overpowering the air with its potent Spring smell. 

It’s Not This Time of Year Without Dead Leaves


Tonight’s Friday Photo Challenge is “it’s not this time of year without…” and I chose dead leaves. Because we are in Autumn here and leaves tend to fall rather late, towards the middle or end of November. Here is a selection I shot around the house this year.


On our way to the Luxembourg gardens


Right down our street.

Montsouris - Paris - Avenue Reille - France - Autumn - Fall

That one is from last year. Ginkos are incredibly beautiful when autumn comes (here this is Montsouris).

A Kind of Magic

Les Grands Voisins - St Vincent de Paul

Last night’s challenge was magic. I decided to show some pictures from the “Grands Voisins” (Big Neighbours) project. An alternative project for the benefit of the homeless and offering services such as the “ressourcerie” a shop where people give books, furniture and various knick-knacks. Even garments. 

Les Grands Voisins - St Vincent de Paul

The project is located in a derelict hospital. It attracts quite a few visitors. At the moment, there is a kind of Magic about this place. 

Les Grands Voisins - St Vincent de Paul

Artists have redecorated certain parts of the compound. This corner of the derelict hospital is now very very green. Magic.

Les Grands Voisins - St Vincent de Paul

Artists and inventors design weird machines like this one. Magic.

Les Grands Voisins - St Vincent de Paul

A weird platform in the shape of a boat. Magic.

Les Grands Voisins - St Vincent de Paul

And this weird contraption made of plastic bottles. above it a solar panel absorbs light during the day. At night it turns into a streetlamp. Magic. 

Les Grands Voisins - St Vincent de Paul

Inside the café, kegs of beer. All magic. It’s a bit of a shame though that they will turn this place into a real-estate development area.