Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Grand Palais

Ain't it grand?

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Well defended

Les Invalides holds forth.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Stairway to the stars

Are you ready?

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Uphill

We're getting there.

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Top of the hill

That's the mont in Montmartre.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Postcard heaven

Remember to buy your stamps.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Paris to the horizon

Ah, but the weather, she is cruel.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Seating available

Curtain going up for the best show in town--Paris!

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A view from the hill

Sacre Coeur holds the Paris high ground.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

A sketch with your petit dejeuner, monsieur?

Hungry for art.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Music man

Busking the Montmartre stairs.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Top of the world, ma

Montmartre sees all.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

We climb

Stairway to the mont.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Navigating Montmartre

Let's see, take first left, then second right…

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Monday, December 16, 2013

That place again

The city of light, looking dark.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Calvados distilled here

 So we visit the little Calvados orchard and distillery in, naturally, the Calvados area of Normandy.
 Built the old fashioned way.
 Obviously, a small batch barrel, very special.
 Calvados aging quietly.

 Mashing up them apples.
 Pot still, still going strong since early in the last century.
 The family run home of Toutain Calvados brandies.
The lineup. And free samples too, if you're in the area.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Lily filled

Great for painters.

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Pads on the pond

No rush, life's easy on the pond.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Etang des nympheas

Or lily pond, if you prefer.

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A bit bent

Let me show you my leaves, Monsieur Monet.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Monet-eye view

I'll set up my easel here.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Monet floats

The fleet is in.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Follow the bamboo grove trail

…To etang des nympheas.

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Bubbles bubbling

Making a break for it.

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Monday, December 09, 2013

Monet's gardens

Monet's favorite landscape.

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Sunday, December 08, 2013

Monet's Monets

Leafy in Giverny

The ivys rule. 

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Saturday, December 07, 2013

Maison du Tourisme

In the Giverny spirit.

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Friday, December 06, 2013

Now for something a little different

Wandering Giverny, Monet's retreat.

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Last tourists standing

Time to pack it in.

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The day dwindles

We're losing our sun here.

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Top of the street

Speed limits strictly enforced.

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Piling on the rocks

Just square it up, and we're good.

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Backroads

No path goes unpaved.

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Monday, December 02, 2013

France seems so far

Try the side door.

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Courtyard airy

Green thumb on the rock.

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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Simple

Quiet dignity here.

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Top of the rock

Lining up for the abbey.

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