Saturday, May 31, 2008

Photo hunter - self (yourself or part of you)

Haha, what to post, myself or part of me?? I went for the part of me and glasses are definitely a part of me and have been so for many, many years. You will never see me without glasses for it's the first thing I put on when getting out of bed. The pair I wear nowadays have been part of me for the last 2 years. The insurance we have makes it attractive to change spectacles every 2 years but I am so fond of the ones I wear nowadays that it's hard to part with them. When I first bought them I wondered if I should as they were very conspicuous. And yes they are noticeable as compliments with my specs are still regularly given. See for yourself.


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Poppy

It might look like paper but is so real!
Just had to capture this Poppy with my camera!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Another Communion Day

Today another niece of our's did her First Holy Communion. This time the celebration took place in the church where I did my First Holy Communion now nearly 37 years ago!!! And that's what made it a little bit special.

It is not a big church and it is very old but but it still looks oh so good. I love the stained glass windows behind the altar showing parts of Jezus's life.

Most of all I like the little corner dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jezus. The stained glass above this corner also depicts Mary.


In the ceremony today the communicants placed a flower bouquet next to her statue and lighted a candle. The Mary adoration still has me captured as it has since the Salesian Sisters in Gozo told us about Mary Help of Christians. In fact it was her feastday yesterday the 24th of May and if I remember correctly my mum once told me it was her mother's birthday too, my grandmother who passed away when she was only 48 years old!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Photo hunter - shoes

This weeks photo hunter is an easy theme: SHOES enough. I won't bore you with all my shoes but here is my daughter's and my newest pair. My pair should be very good walking shoes but au they gave me a lot of pain in the beginning. In fact they still hurt me at the heels!
Besides our shoes here are my dad's shoes and every time he wears them we remark how new they look. He keeps on telling us he bought them now nearly 20 years ago for my brother's wedding!! Guess he has time enough to polish them a lot!
When my mum saw me taking a picture of my dad's shoes she wanted hers taken too. Here they come. They also shine, my dad must polish them for her too but I don't think they are as old as his shoes for she loves buying new shoes.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Time out

Guess you won't be seeing much of me over here the coming time for exams are approaching far too quickly! This is the pile of books I have to study to give me a chance of passing the coming exams. In the meantime I am beginning to feel like a lawyer and can hardly see any more law rules!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Photo hunter - candy

Again I am using a photo I took while on holiday in France a few weeks ago. Well I just have to because I never saw such a shop filled with only CANDY anywhere. Our kids found this sweet shop in Pézenas and couldn't just walk by. They simply had to buy something! Can't blame them for even my hubby and I bought some candy. I went for chocolate olives in all olive colours. Mmmmmmm they were delicious: chocolate with a nut in the centre! So let me know if you would have been able to just walk by such a sweet candy store.












Friday, May 16, 2008

Merci!

Merci to our family for giving us a wonderful holiday in Neffiès.
We had a great time!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Last day in Neffiès

Our last day in Neffiès (now nearly 2 weeks ago) was spent relaxing, cleaning and packing. In the afternoon we decided to drive once more through the mountains, behind the house, to the Cirque de Mourèze.
We just wanted to take a look but when we arrived we learned we could make several walks. As we didn't have much time we decided to go for the shortest walk! It would take about one hour.

On entering the unique landscape of the Cirque de Mourèze we realised our big mistake. Slippers and open shoes are no good when walking through! Besides that it was very, very hot!

The sandy path we followed was very narrow and was going higher and higher. The heat was getting worse and worse. But the lanschape WOW what a chaotic landscape dominated by many dolomite towers. The further we walked the wilder it got and it was oh so beautiful!

At a certain point we decided to go no further but to return the way we came. On returning at the starting point we realised that we had taken the wrong turn at the beginning and had been walking the most difficult path through the Cirque. The walk would have taken nearly 4 hours!! Good thing we went back!
The impressions we got of the Cirque are magnifique!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

For Clarence, just have a look at her weblog, click here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Some more places we visited in l'Hérault

Here some more pictures of places we visited in l'Hérault.
Fonserannes: les 9 ecluses, with 8 lock chambers in the Canal du Midi. Here boats pass through 9 gates allowing them to be raised a height of 21,5 m in a distance of 300 m.
Picture taken in the St. Nazaire Cathedral in Béziers.

Seafront in Sète

Oyster "tables" in the Bassin de Thau

Monday, May 12, 2008

Carcassonne

Whenever you are in the neighbourhood of Carcassonne you must go and see this wonderful old town.

We were lucky to be here in the low season for it was not too busy so we could walk quietly around. It is very touristic with many shops and lots of places to eat, drink and buy icecream. In the high season it must be crowded. It is a very well preserved medieval walled town and we enjoyed walking through it.

Must say the sight of the old city from the new bridge was really impressive and that I liked most. You can see the picture I took of that sight above. It might look like a postcard but I really took the photo myself with a small digital camera. It shows the fortified city of Carcassonne and the pont Vieux crossing the Aude river.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Romeo and Juliet

Yesterday evening my daughter and I went to the theater in Utrecht to see the national ballet dance Romeo and Juliet. It was wonderful!

We hardly ever go to see ballet but for school my daughter has to do a certain amount of cultural things. This was her choice as she really wanted to go and see ballet. So she choose the classic story of Romeo and Juliet!

The national ballet created a lovely ballet of Romeo and Juliet. It was a delight to watch the dancers dance in perfect unison with that great music composed by Prokofiev.

The music, the costumes, the choreography, the lights, etc. everything was just perfect. We had a delightful evening and for me it brought back the memories I had of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and the time when I had to study English literature.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Photo hunter - ANY photo

This week photo hunter tnchick says we can share any photo. I wish to share two photo's of some Mediterranean fruits that I took last week in the Languedoc, France. The fruits are still very small but due to the sun and loving care they will finally ripen into delicious fruits.
OlivesFigs

Thursday, May 08, 2008

I love the Mediterranean!





Pictures taken in Cap d'Agde and between Marseillan Plage and Sète.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Pézenas

These are some pictures taken in the old town centre of Pézenas. The streets are very narrow and reminded me of the narrow streets in Victoria, the capital of Gozo.

It amazed me to see a little orange tree growing high up the street in front of the window. On the picture on the right you can see two little umbrella's which made me laugh.

On postcards I saw some angels carved out of stone and I simply had to find them to take a picture. They are rather small though and it cost me some trouble to find them. I found them as a decoration above a doorway and I really liked them.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Lac du Salagou

Our first day in l'Hérault was spent relaxing and later in the day we took a drive around Lac du Salagou. The lake is surrounded by red stone and it amazed me to see flowers growing here. The scenery is very lovely and I can imagine painters coming here to capture the striking appearance of the landscape. On the photo above you see Lac du Salagou and the deserted village of Celles. After the building of a barrage the major part of this village was flooded and only some houses on the top of the village were safe. Nowadays the village is deserted and you can still see some roads leading into the lake.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Unexpected holiday in Neffiès

We just returned home from an unexpected holiday in Neffiès, France. It is a little village about 1300 km from where we live and just in case you want to find it on a map it lies close to Pézenas. My husband's sister and husband have a house there and that's where we went. It is a little paradise and we had a lovely holiday.

On our way there we passed
the Pont du Gard and we decided to go and have a look. Many years ago, when I studied tourism, I heard about this famous aqueduct and I have always wanted to see it. Must say it was worth the while!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Photo hunter - time

While on holiday in l'Herault I did photohunt and even captured the time I was in Neffiès. That was early in the morning on my way to the boulangerie to buy a baguette.
Later on that day we visited Pézenas and again I noted the time we were there.But these are not really the moments in time I wish to share with you for very close to where I live there is this painting on the wall with a saying about time.
It says: Not time passes by, but we do!!