On The Way – Photo Challenge


Today’s photo challenge is “on the way”. As I founded my company early last year, I have been going through some sort of a tunnel of work for the past 18 months. Yet we have been able to take some time off to recharge the batteries, and we stayed for a while at our house in Normandy. As we tend to walk (and run) a lot, I carry my camera with me all the time, just in case. Above, I spotted that man carrying his son on his shoulders on the beach of Ouistreham Riva Bella (aka Sword Beach in June 44). I loved the symbol. Here, young men from Britain, Canada and a fistful of French soldiers died in droves for our freedom, 70 years ago. Their sacrifice will always be remembered. Thanks to them, young people walk by with their children. Life goes on; let them be thanked and remembered.


A bit further away, I spotted that small blue makeshift – probably illegal – house. A Norman’s house is his castle. I love the “Bichette” sign (literally “my little doe” a term of endearment, probably “Bichette” is the brave Norman’s Partner).


Even further away in Le Havre I spotted that woman watching the sailboats and really liked the symbol of that scene: the blue sails, the red tracksuit and black jersey. And mostly, what I couldn’t see but imagine: that woman’s look towards the Sea, the nostalgia, the longing maybe, and also the peacefulness, the quiet moment spent loitering and watching things go by and doing nothing. Ooh Boy! Doing nothing is really what a busy entrepreneur could do with, every once in a while.

Yann Gourvennec
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  1. When we were on Omaha Beach, there were a several people driving sulkies pulled by fancy trotters, which was an unexpected treat to see. Glad you’re getting to have some relaxation!

    • Indeed there are many horses on the beach. One of my favourites pictures here: http://bit.ly/rivahorses

      We are not getting as much rest as we’d like to but I won’t complain, this is a sign that our business is flourishing. I’ll catch up with travelling and vacations later.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, this is very kind.

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