Caerphilly Castle; Caerphilly Wales

Caerphilly Castle; Caerphilly Wales, copyright jmeyersforeman

Caerphilly Castle; Caerphilly Wales, copyright jmeyersforeman 

After Bath England we travelled by train to Caerphilly Wales. The Caerphilly Castle is the historic site in this lovely little town, built-in the 11 century in just 3 years, it occupies 30 acres of land, the river had been diverted  to create the moat.

The castle was fun to visit, many of the rooms have exhibits set up telling visitors about the building, the weapons and life in the 12th century. It is now used for events and weddings.  It would have been wonderful if the water had been still we would have had a wonderful reflection! oh well, maybe another day.

I hope your weekend was a wonderful on.

Bath England

The Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, Bath England.

The Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, Bath England. 

Before heading to Caerphilly Wales to visit cousins we stopped for a night in the beautiful city of Bath England. This is probably one of the most famous views of the Pulteney Bridge and the River Avon with its crescent shaped weir.

Considered to be one of the most beautiful and romantic bridges in the world, is one of a handful of bridges with shops built into it.

Happy Friday

Carousel in Caen

Carousel in Caen 

In the square just outside one of the many churches in Caen, along one of the pedestrian street was the old-fashioned carousel. I am sure that it is kept quite busy on the weekend.

This was a difficult photo, I wanted to catch the horses as they went by and show the church in the background, the late afternoon sun was flaring over the edge of the carousel leaving the underside of the carousel quite dark. Photographing this image in RAW format gave me enough latitude to bring back the detail in both the shadows and in the highlights in Camera Raw.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Wedding; Men’s Abbey; Caen France

 

Wedding; Caen France

Wedding; Caen France

We arrived at the Men’s Abbey in Caen and the wedding service was almost over. We stood near the back to for great Abbey, as the priest pronounced the happy couple husband and wife, and a great cheer was heard from the guest. As the couple were hugged and congratulated by parents and family the guest filled out to the front doors and waited patiently. As the couple left the church arm and arm the family and friends let out another big cheer. The wedding photographers were nowhere to be seen I am not sure what photos they would have taken, but I love this one. The first kiss on the steps of the church, the family and friends showering them with rose pedals.

The Men’s Abbey in Caen has a long history, founded in 1067 by William the Conquer it is described as a  Norman Romanesque Church and I was left wondering how many generations of this couple’s family had been married here.

Inside the Church is a display of photos. The citizens of Caen took shelter there during the World War ll bombings.  It was one of the few buildings left standing in the city. You can see from one of the earlier blog posts, the bombs, unfortunately, did not always avoid the churches.

The visit to the Abbey was a thoughtful one, many of the Churches we have visited have been like museums, with audio guides detailing the art and telling us of the history. While we are aware of that they are a Sacred Destination for many today we witnessed the role that many play in lives of their congregation. Each day brings us something new and wonderful.

Canadian War Memorial; Juno Beach

Canadian War Memorial; Courseulles-sur-Mer; Juno Beach. copyright jmeyersforeman

Canadian War Memorial; Courseulles-sur-Mer; Juno Beach. copyright jmeyersforeman

While we were visiting Caen, we took a short one hour bus ride out to Courseulles-sur-Mer, known to Canadians and most of the world as Juno Beach, where Canadian soldiers landed at D-day June 6th 1944.

The Juno Beach Centre pays homage to the 45,000 Canadians who lost their lives during the War, of which 5,500 were killed during the Battle of Normandy and 359 on D-Day. The museum tells about life in Canada during the 1930’s, as well as Canada’s contribution to the war, giving both a soldier’s perspective as well as the political and social perspective of the life and times of that period in our history.

After touring the museum we walked the Beach. Even with all the photos and artifacts we viewed, and the films and radio recordings we listened to running through our minds it was still difficult to fully understand and appreciate what our soldiers went through during the war.

 

Caen Market

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Just a few images from the Caen Market, full of the most amazing food, fresh vegetables, flowers, seafood, cheeses and breads. Held every Saturday Morning, rain or shine. it had rained earlier in the morning, and everyone was carrying umbrella’s as well as their baskets.

It was wonderful to walk around, smelling and tasting all the fresh bread, crepes, cheeses, and of course the strawberries.

One of the great things about the trip we have been on is all the different Markets we have visited.Each one very unique from the last. This one outdoors, the vendor’s truck full of goods parked behind their stall.

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Caen France, garden market; copyright jmeyersforeman

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Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux Church; Caen France

Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux Church; Caen France copyright jmeyersforeman

Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux Church; Caen France copyright jmeyersforeman 

While trying to find the Abbaye aux Hommes, we came across the St. Etienne le Vieux Church. A large church built by William the Conqueror and partially destroyed in the 1944 bombings during World War ll. It was quite amazing to find in the middle of the city these old ruins left as a reminder to the damage done during the 2nd world war.

The timing of our visit could not have been better, from a photographic point of view; the storm clouds were starting to move in, giving the sky this great sense of movement and character, it was late in the day and the sun was still over the western horizon was bathing the ruins in the warm sunlight.

The English Channel; early morning seascape

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Early morning seascape; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Yesterday was a long day, 11 hours in transit; bus to ferry, ferry across the English Channel,  and finally a train from Portsmouth to Bath. We started our day at 5:30 in the morning and arrived in Bath about 5 pm. I am always amazed at how tired I am on days like this, because it seems the majority of our time is spent sitting watching the world go by, reading and eating, but exhausting it was.

I did promise photos of Caen, and I will get back to those before too long, but we have one day in Bath, so we are  off to visit the Abbey and see the sights. Photos to follow

Weekend in Caen France

Refection of a boat; black and white image; copyright jmeyersforeman

Refection of a boat; black and white image; copyright jmeyersforeman 

We arrived in Caen a couple of days ago. We have been busy seeing the sights and visiting the historic sights and memorials. For now I will show you this reflection of a small boat and hope that you are having a great weekend. I hope to show you more of Caen France early next week.

Historic Center and Tudor Style Architecture of Rennes France

Tutor Style Architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor Style Architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

The cobblestone streets in the historic centre of Rennes France are lined with 15 and 15 century Tudor Style buildings. Some with crooked doorways, and leaning walls. It was an interesting walk, especially since there were so few people in the centre during the holiday weekend. Here are just a few of the images;

tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman   

Bill in the doorway of a historic Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Bill in the doorway of a historic Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman  

there are even wall murals painted with Tudor style buildings.

wall mural of Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

wall mural of Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman