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.

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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The English Channel; early morning seascape

Blue; sky, clouds and ocean

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

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.

Canal living on the River Erdre Nantes France

River Erdre Nantes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

River Erdre Nantes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

One more image of the city of Nantes, and one of the beautiful canals along the River Erdre.

In 2004, Time magazine named Nantes as “the most livable city in Europe”  that seems no surprise given all the lovely green spaces, bike paths, and walking streets. I have also learned that Nantes holds the title of European Green Capital for its efforts to reduce air pollution and CO2 emissions, for its high quality and well-managed public transport system. A beautiful city worth seeing and spending time in and if I get a chance I will return to.

I have been reading a number of blogs by photographers who share their processing steps, showing before and after images. Aside from learning a great deal from these photographers on processing I have come to the realization that I should be keeping better notes on the steps I take refine an image, some images like this one are quite simple. Processed entirely in Camera Raw moving 5 sliders to adjust the exposure, contrast, whites, highlights and blacks, and then 2 more to boost the clarity and vibrance, we can see how easy it is to bring back depth and detail that made us want to photograph the beautiful view in the first place.

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copyright jmeyersforeman

Still learning, while travelling. Check out the Gallery for more images from our travels,

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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