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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – lost in details (in Claude Monet’s garden)

Monet may have liked this one too. The pointillism was all done for him.

Monet may have liked this one too. The pointillism was all done for him.



This Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to think about picking small details out of larger scenes.

Last year I was fortunate enough to visit Monet’s famous garden at Giverny, France.

Naturally we couldn’t entirely avoid the obvious. I took as many shots as everyone else did of the bridges and waterlilies. Continue reading

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CRUISING PARIS – and losing my virginity on the Seine

The Viking Spirit at Les Andelys.

Now it’s over, I don’t mind telling you. That was my first time.

I’ve travelled on rivers by kayak, canoe, white water raft and once, in an hour of madness, on an inflated tyre tube, but that was my maiden voyage on a cruise ship.

You see, when I travel I like to be active, to challenge myself, to meet adventurous people and learn new things about the world. I thought cruises were for lazy sods who lounged in deckchairs sipping cocktails. I was wrong. Continue reading

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GIVERNY – impressions of Monet’s garden

The bird in the beech. I’m pleased with this spur of the moment photo. If Claude had spotted this, he may have painted it himself. It almost looks as if he did.


I’d prepared myself for slight disappointment at Monet’s garden in Giverny. Gardens are supposed to be places of relaxation and quiet reflection, ideally not shared with thousands of photographers falling over each other and tumbling into the waterlilies.

Much as I love his paintings, and enjoy excellence in garden design, I knew we’d have to share the moment with others.

I’m pleased to report that the impression was not marred too much by teeming masses.

Here’s our morning, in broad brush strokes… Continue reading

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