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.

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

 

 

 

Thabor Garden, Rennes France

Thabor Garden, Rennes France, copyright jmeyersforeman

Thabor Garden, Rennes France, copyright jmeyersforeman

We travelled from Nantes to Rennes on the holiday weekend, it was quiet in the city, most if not all shops and restaurants were close along with the tourist office, museums, attractions.

No one closed the gardens, and it is always wonderful to walk through and enjoy a little nature in the gardens, and the Thabor Garden in Rennes is no exception, with it pools, waterfalls, flower beds, and an aviary of budgies, finches and doves.

Budgies in Thabor Gardens; copyright jmeyersforeman

budgies in Thabor Gardens; copyright jmeyersforeman

Some of the budgies were all curled up as if it was nap time!

I have been invited to participate in a new “tuesday blog challenge” after having a look at the great work that has been submitted I have added a link to my blog, and I invite you to go and I invite you to check out the other photos submitted.

Monochrome Madness

time gone by

time gone by; copyright jmeyersforeman

This image was taken a couple of weeks ago in Bordeaux France. While walking  through an area that was a little more industrial than tourist we passed this old warehouse. It was the time clock that originally caught my attention. I am sure the intended purpose was to insure no workers was ever late, no excuse for doddling at the door; the company clock was the first and last reference. The clock is no longer working and the warehouse appears to be shut down, these two facts lead me quite naturally to the title “time gone by” and the choice of toning the images to look like an old photo.

I have been following Leanne Cole’s blog for a while now, she has wonderful blog, and has built a great following of photographers who share information and encouragement. One Wednesdays she runs Monochrome Madness, where photographers can share their monochrome images, most images are black and white, some toned, as mine is, when the photographer feels it is appropriate. I always enjoys seeing what the other photographers have done for the week, and reading their blogs. Hop on over the Monochrome Madness  I am sure you will enjoy the images as well.

Zen in the Ille de Versailles Japanese Garden; Nantes France

Zen on the Ille de Versailles Garden; Nantes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Zen on the Ille de Versailles Garden; Nantes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

The garden covers 1.7 hecatares and sits on the Ille de Versailles, a small island in the River Erdre. A beautiful garden with waterfalls, rock features, a raked garden, as well as quiet ponds of lily pads and lotus flowers, pathways through the patches of bamboo, azaleas, camellias day lilies and cherry trees.

It was a beautiful place for an evening walk. I love the way the clouds are reflected in the pond, almost as if you are walking on air. This and a black and white version are available for viewing and purchase from my photogallery

The Jardin des Plantes; the Floral Garden, Nantes France

creative plant sculpture at the Jardin de PLante, Nantes France

creative plant sculpture at the Jardin de PLante, Nantes France 

We have been wandering around Nantes for a couple of days now. Nantes tourism has developed a map and route, follow the green line through the heart of the town and see all there is to see on the “Voyage of Nantes” trail.  Along the trail we found the “Jardin des PLants” simply translated to English “the Floral Garden.” Set in 7 hectares of town centre, over 50,000 flowers are planted each season, and over 10,000 species live in under 800 m2 of greenhouse space. Given the growing sculptures, winding pathways, pools, ponds, bridges, children’s playground  and potted plants set among the flower beds, we can see why this garden is ranked top 4 gardens in France.

I hope you enjoy the gallery of image below, just a small sample of the photos taken during our visit.

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the Jardin de Plantes; the floral garden in Nantes France the Jardin de Plantes; the floral garden in Nantes France

Bordeaux Carousel

Bordeaux Carousel

Bordeaux Carousel

I love carousels, and usually spend a bit of time when I find one photographing them, and their location. I can’t quite explain the fascination, in the old days a carousel had a brass ring that, if you were able to grab and remove, meant you got a free ride! I think it has more to do with watching kids and their excitement, the smiles are contagious don’t you think?

Bordeaux has two carousels that I found, although I had heard there was a third I did not have time to find, just another reason to return to this lovely city….

Here is the colour version; I am having trouble deciding which one I like best. Tell me which one you like and why, I would love to hear from you.

Carousel in Bordeaux France

Carousel in Bordeaux France

To see more images of carousels and amusement rides you can check out my Photoshelter Gallery.

Reflections of Bordeaux France in the Water Mirror/Miror d’eau

Miror d'eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Miror d’eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

If you have followed the blog for a while you will know that I love reflections and I think that Water Mirror here in Bordeaux is about the best one I have seen so far. One of the reasons it is the best is that it was created expressly for the purpose of reflecting the architecture that surrounds it. Also called the “Miroir des Quais – the Quay Mirror” it covers a massive 3450 m2.

An ingenious computerized water system underneath alternates supplying 2 – 3 cm of water which when drained give the mirror effect alternates with a two meter high fog effect.

mist on the Miror d'eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

mist on the Miror d’eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

During the summer the mirror becomes a popular place where both kids and adults play around

kids and reflections in the water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

kids and reflections in the water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman