Sunday, December 4, 2016

inSPIREd Sunday

In the foreground is the Tour Pey-Berland,
the belltower of the Cathédrale Saint-André, in
Bordeaux.  The church was consecrated
in 1096. Here in 1137, 13-year-old 
local girl
Eleanor of Aquitaine married the future Louis VII.
Most of the current structure was
in the 14th and 15th centuries, and as you
 can see from the scaffolding at right,
upkeep is ongoing almost 1,000 years later.

[To see more churches from around the world, go here.]

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Weekend in Black and White

I love these beautiful ballerina lamps, 
which can be had (for a price)
at the gift shop at the Opéra Garnier.

[To see more b/w images,
visit Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, December 2, 2016

skywatch reflection

Reflected in a Louvre pyramid:
fluffy French clouds in a
beautiful blue sky.

[Linking back to Weekend Reflections
and Skywatch Friday.]

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday Challenge—"rare"

On our Arctic expedition a couple of months ago,
on a day when we found ourselves in
the midst of a herd of reindeer, we were also
lucky enough to spot this Arctic fox.
Our guides told us that is very rare indeed!

[To see more of the Thursday Photo
Challenge, visit Dale's meme.]

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

ABC Wednesday—U is for "up the stairs"

This beautiful staircase is in the
Musée Marmottan Monet.  The museum
is off the usual beaten (tourist) path,
in the 16th arrondissement.  In addition
to the impressive (pun intended)
collection of Monets and other works, is
the building itself—a former hunting lodge
at the edge of the Bois de Boulogne.
{Note: no picture-taking allowed here. As if!}

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

after-school snack

French kids like to enjoy a little gouter
after school.  Looks like this boy
decided to share his with the pigeons
in the Jardin du Luxembourg. 

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday
and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, November 28, 2016


That's the name of this self-supporting (!)
sculpture by Shayne Dark at
the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  It's
made of reclaimed and painted cedar logs.
(Do you suppose that when it's
time to un-install it, they'll just pull
out one strategic log and the whole thing
will come crashing down?)

[Linking back to Blue Monday
at Backyard Neighbor.]