Saturday, September 26, 2015

Monaco/Monte Carlo and Cannes, France

 Cannes and Ile Sainte-Marguerite

 Cap-d'Ail, Monte Carlo/Monaco, and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Venting gas at the refinery at Etang de Berre/Marignane.  It was burning, every time I passed by; I don't know if it burns 24x7x365 but it seems to be a constant presence.

Carry le Rouet

Some shots from Carry le Rouet, France.

Pup resting on the beach while sitting on his master; you can see a tiny bit of knee to the left.

Odd two tailed plane passing overhead.

Flock of Egrets

Fossilized scallop from an ancient seabed.  Do you suppose there is a tectonic plate being forced up?

Cutest lab-terrier mix.  Mom was this tiny terrier and dad was a very persistent black lab.  He was up for adoption as his owner was moving into a small apartment and didn't have space for a lab mix.

The Carry le Rouet lighthouse under cloudy skies.

An old, unused boat ramp.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Chateau de la Barben

This photo of the Chateau de la Barben was shot from the road, looking towards the castle.  This mediaeval fortress, mentioned as early as 1069, belonged to King RenĂ© of Provence in the 15th century. It was, at some point, sold to a merchent family (who sold furs and pelts) that supported the King, and was altered and extended in the 16th and 17th centuries.  The keep was burned at the beginning of the French revolution and the family, who supported the King, was executed (beheaded) later during
the revolution.  Restoration work was carried out in the 19th and 20th centuries and the castle remains run and maintained by private owners who conduct tours, cater out events and run a
hotel at the site.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Day in Marseille

A quick trip to the Musee des Civilisations de l'Europe et la Mediterranee in Marseille and some of the surrounding sights.  The weather was bright, sunny with a light breeze.  The museum and the surroundings were quite captivating and lunch after was wonderful, but then that is another story for another day.

Athlete vainquer au pugilat

Cathedrale de La Major, under restoration

Ceres Borghese

Greek Vase Oenoechoe

Icone au Saint Michel Pesant Les Ames

A guy jumping up and down on a tightrope, as if walking was not hard enough!

La Vierge et l'Enfant by Sheikh Sana'an

Medusae Jellyfish in the calm waters outside the Museum

A huge storage vase for grain or olive oil

The old entrance to Marseille

Carry Le Rouet

In the Summer, Carry Le Rouet is a bustling tourist town along the Mediterranean in the South of France.  In the Fall, it is mostly quiet with locals walking along the board walk and some of the restaurants closed along the beach during the cooler, windier weather.  Here are a few shots from Carry le Rouet.

The docks at the fishing harbor.

Really cool blue lights along the boardwalk.

Kite surfer taking advantage of the strong winds.

A seagull pecking at a fish that the fisherman left for him.

One of several windsurfers taking advantage of the strong winds and choppy waters to get in some combination wind/wave surfing.