One of the best time about visiting Paris is the wonderful architecture. Here the beautiful cupola of the Galeries Lafeyette, a shopping store in the fashion district. I love the beautiful lines, gorgeous detail, it is hard to believe that it is department store, with cloths, watches, bedding, and just like other department stores there is a food court on the top floor.
Through the passage Richelieu to the Louve, Paris France
We were walking to the Louve, this wasn’t our first visit, but it was the first time through the Passage Richelieu, and the sunlight off the glass pyramid was beautiful the shadows creating a graphic on the floor. The juxtaposition of old stone passage, with the modern glass pyramid, and another old building behind it, gives a sense of walking around Paris where old and new architecture sit so comfortably together.
Rue de la Citadelle, St. Jean Pied de Port, France. Camino Frances
St. Jean Pied de Port, France. The beginning of the Camino France for many pilgrims walking to Santiago de Compostella Spain. One of the many images, representing one of the many moments along our journey that is still very important to me. As it is the beginning of the camino for so many pilgrims it is a little town that many remember fondly.
Recently a fellow Calgarian sent an email, interested in learning more about the camino, and our experience, it is wonderful to visit those memories again, and to think that someday Bill and I will go back.
On a complete different note, this is one of the images listed with Alamy, an online stock agency, that has licensed recently. While I haven’t been notified of the name of the publication, but I have learned from the sales contract that the image will be published as a 2 pages spread, for a travel guide with a print run of up to 100,000. While this isn’t my first sale through the stock agency, it still feels awesome to have someone buy and use one of my images!
Paris France, City of Light; the Louve and The Arc de Triomphe
Paris was nicknamed the “City of Light” (not City of Lights) originally because it was a vast center of education and ideas during the Age of Enlightenment. In 1828, Paris began lighting the Champs-Elysées with gas lamps. It was the first city in Europe to do so, and so earned the nickname “La Ville-Lumière” or The City of Light.
“Focus on the journey not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it” Greg Anderson
One of the things we found while walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, is the same thing we have found and experienced in many other areas of our life. People are goal oriented and want to reach the next destination. On the walk people were getting up well before dawn and walking in the dark, little headlights on their forehead, trying to find the next arrow or marker. This is fine if you have spent some time the day before surveying the route out-of-town. But why walk in the dark. Yes it is a quiet time of the day, and you can be out-of-town before the traffic gets bad, but in the small town on the country road that we were walking traffic was never a problem.
I do understand that the summer heat of Spain can make walking in mid afternoon difficult, so that might be a consideration during the summer months for some people. But walking in the dark means that you really can’t see and enjoy the town, or the countryside, the signs, the shrines or farms that you are walking by.
It isn’t reaching our goal or destination that shapes our journey, it is each mile or milestone along the way that shapes our soul. It it the sights, sounds, people and experiences we have along the way that is what we, what I wanted to remember. I would say to anyone planning this journey to take your time, enjoy the sights, the sounds, get to know the people along the way, live each moment of the journey.
Last week we went to Yuma Arizona to visit my parents who “winter” in the warmer climate. Before our trip I goggled the area and things to do. I had read about the Imperial Sand Dunes, and the historic Plank Road. In 1915 the first planks of a one lane road were laid down so that automobiles could be driven across the burning desert of the Imperia County. maintenance was a problem, and by 1926 ans asphalt concrete highway had been built to replace old plank road.
There is little left of the old road, Bill and I visited the area one morning at sunrise, my favorite time of day! the metal is twisted, torn and rusted, planks are missing, having been used by campers for firewood, torn up to make room for the canal. What little is left is almost 100 years old, and is slowly being taken over by the same and the plants. It is a beautiful place to see the sunrise.
Obanos is about 20 kilometers from Pamplona, along the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, the French Route. I learned recently that the French Route of the Camino to Santiago has the UNESCO World Heritage Designation. Every year thousands of people from all over the world travel the camino.
It was mid afternoon when we arrived in the little town, the streets were quiet and I am sure the local people were all having their siesta. The beautiful old Gothic Church sits in the main square, in front of the Nuestra Señora de Arnotegui Shrine. The sculpted portal depict stories from the Bible to the pilgrims who walked the Camino a thousand years ago, now worn by time and weather speaks to the heritage of the church in these communities.
Rock Balancing, a stone stacker on English Bay Vancouver BC.
Rock Balancing, or Stone Stacking, here the portrait features the art more than the artist.
This young man was busy at work, we were out for a stroll along Vancouver’s English Bay, that is the seawall in the background, and helps to eliminate any distraction and isolate the subject. Stone Stacking or Rock Balancing is considered a performance art, and if you visit Flicker you can see lots of pictures of rocks that had been stacked in nature. Rocks are balanced on top of one another in various positions. There are no tricks involved to aid in the balancing, such as adhesives, wires, supports, or rings.
This young man was completely absorbed in the task, and I am guessing that for some the activity would be meditative, I was reluctant to disturb him to get a name and or more information about how long he has been stacking stones. I guess I will have to go for another walk, this time to have a conversation.
The Cathedral of Royal Saint Mary(Santa María la Real), a 15th century Gothic Catholic Pilgrimage Church has many beautiful features. We visited the lovely Cathedral in September when walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela. I could spend hours photographing the details. Just off the main temple, a beautiful stone carved staircase topped by a magnificent dome.