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place des vosges, paris goes back in time

I love roaming around Paris because you never know what you will find.

On my way from the Bastille I took a short cut through the gardens of the Hôtel de Sully

the door on the right takes you directly to La Place des VosgesThe door you see on the right leads you directly into La Place des Vosges. As I went through I was suddenly transported back in time, for look what I saw on the other side :

there were old Citroën DS cars revving up everywhere. Had I run into a rally? no just Hollywood….They were making an “epoch” film, so I put my trusty Olympus pen into video mode and this is what I saw……

The two characters who swop notes in the archway are actually standing in front of the famous ‘L’Ambroisie‘ 3 star restaurant

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Douglas and ominous clouds. a view from ‘the beach house’

my secret retreat in England is ‘the beach house’ at the end of warren lane deep in the heart of hampshire.

Here’s the view from the deck. Douglas the springer is in the foreground and the Isle of Wight makes the backdrop.

notice the little schooner going by on the horizon, almost like a painting. (ph. © wade h grimbly 2010)


artichokes (Cynara scolymus)

great to eat but also marvelous to admire these are the smaller ‘artichaud’ violet de provence, which were allowed to escape the kitchen this year in order to display their fine feathery violet flower in a shade not unfamiliar to yves saint laurent


drift-wood merry-go-round

Paris is full of surprises. The park near me today was into re-cyling. I love this human powered merry-go-round made entirely from pieces of drift-wood.It’s a french theatre group who thought up the project, they are called “le spectacle Bestiaire Alpin”, the kids seem to like it too.

drift-wood elephant
flying high



wishing you all a great 2010

photo ©wade h grimbly 2010

a baby llama is called a cria. This picture was taken in Bolivia by the lake Titicaca