On the Road: Week of September 7 (5 am)
Albatrossity – Caves and Birds in France, part 1
lashonharangue – Socorro Island, Mexico
🐾BillinGlendaleCA – Franklin Canyon – Infrared/Visual Pairs
way2blue – Outer Hebrides
Steve from Mendocino – California beach moods
Paris After Dark: Week of September 7 (10pm)
opiejeanie – Paris, 2014
Lapassionara – Paris in the daylight
Omnes Omnibus – Paris
BigJimSlade – Paris, 1989
J R in WV – Paris Street Scenes
And now, let’s get back to Albatrossity. I love just about every one of these pics!
All of the pictures of Paris were wonderful, and it seems that each submission gave us a unique view of that fabled city. I have never been to Paris, so I appreciated each day of pictures from there.
However, I have been to France. I am not an urbanite (as you might have guessed based on my location here in Flyover Country), so avoiding cities is something I do when I travel as well. In 2005 Elizabeth was working on a series of essays about petroglyphs, cave art, and the relationships that our ancestors had with the animate world they lived in. That work is collected in her award-winning 2008 book, “In the Mind’s Eye”. So we went to the part of France that has prehistoric art in caves and grottoes to see some of that, as well as to the Camargue, the wildlife-rich delta of the Rhone. Here are some images from that memorable tour of cave art and birds of France.
We flew into Nice and then immediately drove to the Parc Ornithologique du Pont de Gau, in the heart of the Camargue, where we stayed in a lovely 2-star hotel, the Hostellerie du Pont de Gau. In our visit we made a point of staying in smaller hotels and eating in 4-5 star restaurants, the logic being that if the food and wine were wonderful, we would sleep well regardless of the quality of the bed. This strategy (quickly dubbed the “waddle and sleep”) worked well here, since the restaurant at the hotel was fabulous. The next morning we woke up to find flamingos flying past the windows of our room.