Saturday, December 29, 2012

Verona, Italy

We went to Verona on our trip to see an opera in the Verona arena. It was fabulous but we also did some sightseeing as well.






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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy really needs no introduction.

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the Duomo


Ponte Vecchio



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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Cinque Terre, Italy

We start a journey to Italy today, starting with Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. Cinque Terre, the five lands, are five villages on the sea that are connected by a train and a hiking trail. It was one of my favorite places to visit in Italy for 33 years. I started going there in 1979 before there was a train service or roads and before there were a lot of tourists. We used to catch a ride on the little milk train that brought foods to the area. We hiked the trails and the only people we met were some hearty Germans. Now the place if overrun by tourists including Americans who discovered the place through the Rick Steves video series.

The last time I was there is represented in these photos and it may be the last time I will ever be there. I was so distraught by the hordes of tourists that it was a rather unpleasant experience. The towns, particularly Vernazza, were overwhelmed by mudslides about a year ago and are now recovering and open again to tourism.






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Saturday, December 1, 2012

A French Preying Mantas on our House Wall

Bernard took these photos of a Preying Mantas on our house's outside wall and I thought they were so extraordinary that I am posting them. I don't know if this is a male or female, but the female eats the male after mating so I hope it's a female so I don't have to worry about this guy's fate.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Seyssel, France

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you're American) and a great long holiday weekend.

Seyssel:
This little city of Seyssel has a boat show every year. One of the events is showing how these big and gorgeous dogs are trained to rescue people from drowning. They gave demonstrations and it was really interesting.
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The puppies are learning from the adult dogs.




Saturday, November 17, 2012

Lyon, France: Secret Passageways (Part 2)

Here are more of the Traboules (secret passageways) and hidden courtyards of Lyon, France.

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We also want to wish my American viewers a very Happy Thanksgiving!






Saturday, November 10, 2012

Lyon, France: the Secret Passageways

Lyon built secret passageways or traboules in French back in the 1400 and 1500's. They were originally used to carry the delicate silk of the thriving silk industry throughout the town while keeping it from the elements like rain. Later in World War II they were used by the French Resistance to fight the Gestapo. You can still visit them today (there are over 300 of them) if you know where to look. Here are some of the best examples.




Saturday, November 3, 2012

Lyon, France - the Saint Jean Cathedral




Astronomical Clock dating to the 1400's inside St Jean Cathedral

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Lyon, France

Lyon is the third largest city in France and one of the loveliest.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fontaine les Puits, French Village in the French Alps

We did a photo shoot for Airbnb.com a few months back in this tiny mountain town of Fontaine le Puits. While we were walking down the only street in town, we ran across a gentlemen who collected cars and car license plates. We stopped to talk to him and took photos. Quite unique.
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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ancient Wine Presses from France

Love wine and wine history? Then you'll love to see these old wine presses from eons past.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

More Blues Concert photos from Valloire, France

Part two of the photos of the blues concert in Valloire, France.

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