Wednesday, December 31, 2014
I had to borrow these fireworks from the July 14 celebration in Amboise! Je ai dû emprunter ces feux d'artifice de la fête nationale du 14 Juillet à Amboise !
And for all you followers of City Daily Photo, as well as all of you who should be, I have to acknowledge the end of an era. Today, my fellow blogger and friend Eric Tenin is retiring the granddaddy of all of the CDP blogs, Paris Daily Photo. He started his blog almost ten years ago and as a result hundreds of other bloggers from around the world have created their own local city blogs. When we moved to Amboise, it was his inspiration that got me to start ADP. Our blogging community will not be the same without him. So if you follow PDP or any of the other worldwide blogs, I hope you will take time to add your thanks to Eric on the last day of Paris Daily photo here. Eric, these fireworks are for you ! Just add bubbly.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014
As we approach another milestone of a new year, I thought it appropriate to post this road marker near one of my favorite bike paths. Starting in 1910 and continuing until 1971, the tire manufacturer Michelin installed a variety of road signs throughout France. Corner markers (see the title for the French translation) like this one started in 1918. These markers made of concrete reinforced with steel will be around for a long time I suspect.
I confess to a bit of tinkering with this shot to make it a bit more interesting. I used an infrared filter (on the computer) to change much of the rather dull green foliage in the photo to white.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014
I don't know what I'll do if the owner of this wonderful flat bottom boat ever moves his business elsewhere. This boat had provided just the perfect embellishment to so many of my photos of the Loire near our home. Bon weekend à tous.
Friday, December 26, 2014
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Thursday, December 18, 2014
If you can remember all the way back to Tuesday, this is how that same street looked a year later (last year). Alas, no snow but I think the town did a nice job with the lights. Only one week to go. Are you ready?
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
OK it's a little early to see Santa, but this just demonstrates what a challenge he is going to face in Amboise. It makes me wonder if he will even try to go down the chimney on the right with those Darth Vader impersonators. I'm guessing he will find a way.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
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Friday, December 5, 2014
This wonderful winding path follows the perimeter of the Ile d'Or (island of Gold). This is the island in the Loire across from Amboise. It is part of my regular running path and it makes running so much more enjoyable as it is a nice gentle surface and completely flat.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
The last rose of the year in our terrace garden made it to December. And it looked pretty happy leaning up against this iron railing.
This rose makes me remember my dad who was an avid flower gardener in retirement and was born 100 years ago today.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
This building is part of the complex where I took an exam last Friday. It was a test of my knowledge of the "rules of the road" of driving in France. Passing this test allows one to continue on to the next step which is the actual driving phase of the application for a French driver's licence. For me, the significant challenge is doing all of this in French. Plus I've heard the success rate of passing the first test on the first try is around 40%. But in any case, yesterday I learned that I passed the knowledge test ! On to phase two. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
The first of every month is Theme Day for the bloggers of City Daily Photo, and today's theme is "people in their workplace". Sébastien and his wife Alice run a fabulous boulangerie on the main pedestrian street, rue Nationale, in Amboise. But believe me, these croissants are not pedestrian. They are the best!
He was very generous to allow me to enter his workplace which is a beehive of activity. I tried to stay out of the way. On another day, I will show you more of the kitchen activities and the others who work in this magical place. Merci bien, Sébastien !
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Le premier de chaque mois est la Journée de thème pour les blogueurs de City Daily Photo et le thème d'aujourd'hui est «les gens dans leur milieu de travail». Sébastien et sa femme Alice gèrent une boulangerie fabuleuse sur la principale rue piétonne, rue Nationale, à Amboise. Croyez-moi, ces croissants sont les meilleurs!
Il était très généreux pour me permettre d'entrer dans son milieu de travail qui est une ruche d'activité. Je ai essayé de rester en dehors de la voie. Un autre jour, je vais vous montrer plusieurs des activités de cuisine et les autres personnes qui travaillent dans ce lieu magique. Merci bien, Sébastien!
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