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

 

 

 

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.

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

 

St. Michel’s Bordeaux and the Sunday Morning Flea Market

St Micheal's Market, Bordeaux France

I love to walk around flea markets, just to see what people are selling. Checking out the tables, poking into boxes, and taking pictures of the interesting collections. I did find several old cameras, in those old boxes, so I have added to my collection. I may need a bigger shelf by the time I get home. More photos of Bordeaux tomorrow!

 

Calle Alfonso and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar at night; Zaragoza Spain

Calle Alfonso Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar at night; Zaragoza Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Calle Alfonso Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar at night; Zaragoza Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman 

We spent a couple of lovely days in Zaragoza, wandering the streets and seeing the sights.

Sunday night we were out doing some night photography of the streets and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. We had visited the Basilica earlier in the day and is one of the few places we have visited here in Spain that did not allow photos to be taken inside, respecting that wish, all we have is the outside view to show you.

All weekend streets were lively, there seemed to be a festival on, and of course Saturdays are a big wedding day this time of the year! One square that we happened on had a great little jazz band playing for a couple of hours, for the price of a beer we sat and listened. It was a great way to spend an evening!

Zaragoza Spain, Jazz in the street; copyright jmeyersforeman

Zaragoza Spain, Jazz in the street; copyright jmeyersforeman 

We are off to France, can’t wait…..

Murals and Public Art; Zaragoza Spain

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murals and public art; Zaragoza Spain

murals and public art; Zaragoza Spain 

We have been in Zaragoza Spain for a couple of days wandering the streets and checking out the sites.

It seems that in manyof the cities of Spain that we have visited we have found walls and shutters painted, sometimes to identify a  business or area of the city. You will recall the images of Madrid and of the Camino. Zaragoza is no exception, the area of  El Tubo, in the old part of town, is where we found the painted murals, and where, we also found more tapa bars per square block than any other city we have been in.

It does seem that the Spanish people are not inclined to dull or boring brick walls, and it is wonderful to see the creative expression in corners and narrow streets that might otherwise by boring brick walls!

Umbrellas and a Rainy Day in Leon Spain

Red Umbrella, reflections on the streets of Leon Spain

Red Umbrella, reflections on the streets of Leon Spain ; copyright jmeyersforeman

Even the rainy days in Spain are nice, especially for photos.

Nothing better than wet cobblestone streets for reflecting the brightly coloured umbrellas that people sometimes carry.

Rainy Day; Leon Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Rainy Day; Leon Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Or watching the families walking together.

 

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one of the few days we have needed our umbrellas!

One of the few images we have of us together! We hope you are enjoying your friday.

Happy Friday; Chasing Pigeons and Black and White Photography

chasing pigeons

chasing pigeons

I might have mentioned this before but I love watching kids chase the pigeons. it is especially fun when I can stand close to the action and capture a few images. So it will be a wonderful day!

We are on the road again, taking the narrow gauge train run by FEVE along the north coast of Spain, following much the same route as the Camino North from San Sebastian west to Ribadeo. It isn’t likely that we will make this pilgrimage so we thought we would have a look at the country side and stop in some of the towns. I will tell you more about it when I have photos.

this weeks wordpress photo challenge; extra extra  “a photo with an added element that makes it an image only you could capture”

All for now, Happy Friday the 13th to you.

Plaza de Maria Pita, A Coruna Spain

Plaza de Maria Pita after the rain

Plaza de Maria Pita after the rain 

We arrived in A Coruna Spain yesterday afternoon, just before the rain! By the time we checked into our hotel and headed out for a walk the rain had stopped. During our walk we visited the Plaza de Maria Pita the cities many plaza and gathering centre. It, like a lot of major plaza’s is surrounded by buildings filled with shops and restaurants. Today those shops and restaurants were not too busy, it was the middle of the day, and tourist season has not yet hit its peak. What was great, at least for me, was seeing the buildings reflected in the puddles! I just had to wait a few minutes to get a couple of people to walk through the puddle.

 

Another Quiet Cobblestone Street

Another quiet cobblestone street

Another quiet cobblestone street 

Baiona has been a wonderful relaxing little seacoast town. While the weather has not been horrible, it has been windy and rainy at times during the day, giving us a great excuse to sit on the balcony, process images, enjoy the wine, and relax.

This image was is of  a lovely little cobblestone street in Silves Portugal, processed in Photoshop, using a Watercolour layer from the filter gallery, then adding a texture from Kim Klassen’s collection for a little extra, I can’t really describe what Kim’s textures will do for an image, but anytime I find an image that needs a little something-something, I can usually find it among her textures!