Friday, December 2, 2016
This old Chevrolet delivery truck has been perfectly restored (or perfectly maintained for all I know). While it no longer makes deliveries, it serves as a great advertisement for a local seller of whiskeys and wines. Here it was on display on Place Debré during the festival celebrating the arrival of the first bottles of wine from the 2016 harvest (known as Touraine primeur).
Thursday, December 1, 2016
The first of every month is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo. You can see how the other bloggers interpreted the theme here. For my post, I chose this old windmill that to me has a very Jules Verne style to it. I understand there are a number of them in this area; here is another one I snapped earlier this year. I was greatly surprised and pleased to recently find this one in my own "backyard" in Amboise. It's located at the high school that teaches wine production.
Of course, these old style windmills marked a transition to a new type of energy source in their day. I'm hoping their modern "offspring" will mark an energy transition for us as well.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Monday, November 21, 2016
This past weekend another edition of the local wine festival, Fête du Touraine Primeur, was conducted to celebrate the arrival of the first bottles of wine from this year's harvest. It's in the same tradition as the Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations that you may already know. The commanderie was created to promote the local wines throughout the world. Their costumes are inspired by the times of King Francis I, roi François Premier, of the 16th century. The photo was taken during the evening procession from the church Saint-Denis to Place Debré where activities and ceremonies were conducted... including the all-important tasting of the new harvest.
Here's a shot from last year's procession.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Yesterday, I had the rare opportunity to enter the grounds of château Gaillard which is generally closed to the public outside of summer tourist season. The weather was perfect and while the leaves had mostly all fallen, there remained this wonderful autumn carpet. Heavenly.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
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Thursday, November 17, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The Cher is famously known as the river over which Château Chenonceau is built. The stone structure marks the corner of the estate's property. I took this shot from a wonderful path the runs alongside the river and behind the château.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
I just recently discovered this 1875 grape press on display next to the vineyards at the local viticulture high school. You can judge by the size of the beam how much pressure this press was able to apply. This post is for all my friends in the States who have pressing matters to attend to today, election day.
Monday, November 7, 2016
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Recently the annual footrace in Amboise was conducted on a glorious, warm Sunday afternoon. The start and finish is just in front of the château. Alas, I wasn't able to participate this year but wait'll next year! as they say.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
It's been 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci left Italy to spend his final years in Amboise. He brought with him three of his masterpieces including the Mona Lisa. His home here, Clos Lucé is currently commemorating his arrival with various programs and exhibitions. Shown here is a recreation of the artist's workshop.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
The first of every month is Theme day for the international bloggers of City Daily Photo, and today the theme is "out of focus". What a dream for photographers everywhere to show a photo badly out of focus and have it be welcomed (or at least invited). Click here to see how the other bloggers interpreted today's theme.
For ADP, I decided to go with this fuzzy shot from last November. It's from the torch-lit parade through the streets of Amboise celebrating the arrival of the first batch of wine from last autumn's regional harvest (l'arrivée du Touraine Primeur). Back then I didn't post any parade shots because they were all were out of focus!
Monday, October 31, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
The shot was taken in the (currently golden) vineyards of the local high school for future wine makers. Yes, you heard me correctly. This particular school literally sits on high above the Loire river valley and has this commanding view of the château in the distance.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
No, this is not one of my trip photos from Japan (although I have lots of them). Amazingly and coincidentally, on the day we returned to Amboise, there was a tea ceremony conducted in the mansion at Clos Lucé. The visiting Japanese ceramicist agreed to introduce the concept to visitors as part of the regular tour. She was just as astonished to hear I had just visited her home country as I was to see her here in Amboise. The old cliché, it's a small world, couldn't be more applicable.
And due to all our travelling, home renovations, and various other projects, today, I am also announcing a bit of a change to ADP. For the foreseeable future it will be more aptly known AADP, the 2nd "A" being "Almost" as I will not necessarily publish a photo every day. With all of my "distractions", I find I cannot really produce enough shots of sufficient quality to continue on a daily basis. However, I will post them as I think they are worth your time to view.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
The first of every month is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo. October's theme is "abandoned". You can click here to see how the other bloggers interpreted the theme. For ADP, I chose this abandoned office building of the enterprise Mabille. Presses used in wine making as well other agricultural equipment were manufactured here under that name from 1835 to 1965.
Regular viewers of this blog may be interested to know that parts of this building were mysteriously posted recently here and here. As a reminder, I will be away on travel for awhile but I'll be back.