Exploring Provence

By EXPLORER, 27th July 2016
Paradise Bali

I’ve always been drawn to France.   I love the country, the cities, the ancient ruins, the towns falling off hillsides, the wine, the normality of drinking wine at lunch.

And one of my obsessions is Provence.  I always repeat doing things I really love.  So Provence.  Right down the bottom, above Marseille but below Avignon.  Though Avignon is where I start.  You could go for weeks, a village a day if you want to move that fast, or you could dawdle around, a village a week, and stay in each place and discover every special part of it.

So I start in Avignon. Palace of the Popes.

Palace of the Popes, Avignon
Palace of the Popes
P of the P Walkway Resized
A walkway in the Palace of the Popes – I love walkways like this.  No bitumen!

P of the P Inside Resized

P of the P door

P of the P Great Hall Ceiling Resized

How great is this hall, the soft arch of the ceiling against the hardness and strength of the vertical walls.   No wonder they hold up for centuries.

Busing along, a village a day …. Gordes, high in the mountains.  The cobbled street.  The cobbled house.  The cobbled pathway.  The doors. Doors with deep deep history.  The view.  Free for everyone.

Gordes and Provence

Gordes town

Gordes house

Gordes street

Gordes doors

Gordes doors_clock

Rouillson, the Ochre city.  Here, they mined ochre for dyes until chemicals took over.  Well, my short version of history.  Just look at the photos.  I was totally taken in by the colour the minerals create in the land, and you see it in the houses.  Brilliant orange and yellows, well ochre.

Rouillson the ochre town

Rouillson the Ochre buildings resized

Rouillson Ochre peaks

Rouillson Ochre colours

Rouillson Colours in the ochre

Rouillson ochre hills resized

And if you can only do one place.  You have to see Bonnieux.  It’s a wonderful hillside town with so many great experiences.  The local wine bar, the local restaurants, the market on Friday, the lavender products, the most amazing maze of streets all leading to views to stun you.  Medieval buildings alive with all the comforts of today, done simply.

Bonnieux thru the trees

Lavender Fields
Lavender Fields

Bonnieux houses

Bonnieux tower bell


Amazing London

By EXPLORER, 20th April 2016
The Blue Mosque

See London up close and amazing. I was taking my Mum on her first trip to London. I lined up all the tourist sites she had heard of. It made me look at the city, for the first time really. We Aussies don’t have old, really old. So the size and structure of the buildings and bridges and palaces really struck me. I was the one who was in awe.

Houses of Parliament front
Houses of Parliament front
Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament

And of course the everyday, ordinary things we sometimes don’t see. Surprising, memorable pictures of simple things on an Autumn day.

London bicycle
London bicycle
London Indian restaurant
London Indian restaurant
London lamp flowers
London lamp flowers
London window boxes
London window boxes
Tribal Masks
Tribal Masks

Reindeer & Bull

The Eye
The Eye
Ship Masts
Ship Masts
London autumn sunset
London autumn sunset

You did have to be there, but just in case you get it, it was an awe inspiring sunset.

 


Paradise Bali ~

By EXPLORER, 19th April 2016
Lavender Fields

Paradise on our doorstep. I often find todays Bali crazy busy and crowded, but a trip for a recent wedding showed me the magic is still there.

The setting took your breathe away. I guess it was the location of the venue, high on the cliff, the space, and the blue skies. Really it’s all quite understated when I look at the setup. The simple arrangement of the lights, the flowers, and the uncluttered table settings allow you to appreciate the colour and excitement that’s really in the happy crowd, set against the brilliance of the sea and sky.

There’s a warmth in the tropics that I always associate with summer. So all the triggers are on for fun, relaxing, laughing, dancing.

And that’s before the wine.

Paradise Bali

Paradise Bali

Paradise Bali

Paradise Bali

Paradise Bali


Colours & Textures of Istanbul!

By EXPLORER, 18th April 2016
Bonnieux tower bell

So European, with Asia on its doorstep. That was a surprise. I found it an unexpected combination of the two. I absolutely loved the chaos and the life found in and around the winding streets, in the markets. And everyone is so friendly and comfortable in their own skin. They chat and talk with you, but don’t hassle you.

Only city in world straddles
Only city in world straddles

And the best surprises were in the ordinary things. It was the crazy noise and movement in the famous spice market and Grand Bazaar. Tiled walls and fantastic ceilings, and stone floors.   They seemed to go for ages twisting and turning.   I walked away happy with my shots of vibrant colours, from stalls of Turkish Delight or different Teas, or fruit, or whatever else was piled high.  It didn’t cost me a cent.

Fruits
Fruits
Kiwi Tea
Kiwi Tea
Lemon Tea
Lemon Tea
Orange Tea
Orange Tea
Spices
Punches of colour in the spice market.
Turkish Del red
Turkish Del red
Turkish Del green
Turkish Del green
The Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque outside
The Blue Mosque outside
The Blue Mosque
The incredible capturing of space and the cool of blue tiles at the Mosque.
Hagia Sophia stairway
Hagia Sophia stairway. They were savvy a1000 years ago. The hallway and the stairs still work.